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Welcome to all the CENTRAL STORM, friends, and families!
I started teaching at Hanson (last century) after graduation from the University of Kentucky -- and finished (I thought) my career at Madisonville North Hopkins. In between Hanson and Madisonville North, I was assigned to RAF Lakenheath Junior (Middle) School located at RAF Feltwell in Norfolk, England for three years. I returned to Hanson and stayed there until consolidation and then took a year away from teaching to become a Counselor with Educational Talent Search. After that year, I returned to Hopkins County Schools at MNHHS.
After that (lst) retirement from MNHHS, I spent the next several years -- two days a week -- at Adolescent Day Treatment in a Title I position and then moved to Lyon County in 2008 where I took a feature writing position with the Lyon County Herald Ledger--a position I still hold today (in case this teaching thing doesn't work out.) Four years ago, I was called out of retirement (again) and spent three years as a Dawson Springs Panther. I stayed retired for about a week after that assignment ended and then accepted a position at Hopkins County Central for the school year 2018-2019 where I was so happy to reconnect with former colleagues from my previous Hopkins County years. Here, I've discovered new colleagues and new students and learned some new ways of doing things!
And NOW -- it's the school year 2019-2020! I don't know about you, but I find this incredibly amazing--to be here and to be working with new generations of students whose families I have often known for years (and YEARS)! Believe me, if they hadn't been so good to me when I first started and worked with me during those years, I would have never made it this far -- or even considered returning! I'm looking forward to having a GREAT year!
If your parents (or grandparents!) are still trying to "place me", I may have had a few of them in my community college classes. Over a period of years, I was an adjunct professor at Madisonville CC; Henderson CC; and Hopkinsville CC. I taught BOE classes (cough) "Typing I and II" (a lost art), and then I taught Writing I and II (English 101 and 102) and I also taught Introduction to Education 101 for three years. When assigned to Madisonville, I often had off-campus classes in Muhlenberg County; Webster County; and Madisonville North. For Henderson, I was assigned classes at Union County, and my Hopkinsville classes were often in Trigg County. So, honestly . . . if your family has Hopkins County "ties", I am pretty sure that your folks and I have crossed paths at some time during the last (cough) 50 years! (I started very young, BTW). :)
For everyone -- please continue to check sections of this classroom website, as this is where I will post the class syllabus and expectations. I will also be posting the Classroom rules which we will discuss the first few days of class to see if anyone has any issues and/or suggestions. (I can be "flexible" about some things . . . and SOME things -- not.)