I WAS SERVED; Recognizing Teachers who Give the Gift of Service

The school year is just around the corner, and as the wife of abrteacher, I know all too well how exciting and stressful it is to start a newbrschool year.

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This is why we’ve chosen to focus this month’s edition of ‘I WasbrServed’ on local teachers who have helped our children feel safe and welcome atbrschool, and I’ll start with my own experience.

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“In December of 2017, my family moved to Payson, with several ofbrmy kids being apprehensive about starting a new school, as is pretty much thebrnorm with kids.

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“When my youngest daughter met her teacher, Mr. Nowell at WilsonbrElementary, she had a smile on her face. Mr. Nowell asked my daughter what shebrloved to do, and he allowed her to show him her favorite past-time: doing abrback-handspring — in the classroom. Thankfully, she landed it safely. More thanbrthat, the rest of the school year, my little girl smiled and went to schoolbrwillingly. 

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“My elementary-aged sons have both been privileged to have Mr.brHansen, whose quiet demeanor and genuine interest in his students has spokenbrloudly for them to hear. During their time in his class, they each feltbrappreciated, smart and like they belonged.

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“As a parent, I have been served by teachers in this community,brand I am so grateful for them. Here are a few more parents who have also beenbrserved by great teachers.”

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Scott Baird, teacher helped his son transition to high school

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“Mrs. Capell at Mt. Nebo Jr. High went above and beyond for mybrson. She was willing to stay after school and help him with his math. She wasbreven willing to help him once he moved on to high school. Thank you Mrs. Capellbrfor going above and beyond for my son!”

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Taralyn Parker,brteachers produce first school musical, make a difference in students’ lives

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“Christy Nielson and Karen Grant produced the first school musicalbrat Riverview Elementary. They directed over 100 students in a colorful andbrfantastical rendition of Seussical the Musical. Their passion for the arts andbrhard work made a difference in all of the students’ lives – including mybrdaughter’s!”

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Jacoy Jorgenson,brteacher helped autistic son with bullies

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“One teacher that both of my kids had was Ms. Rachel Hammond frombrAmerican Leadership Academy. My son who is autistic had been struggling inbrschool the previous year with bullies, and she knew.

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“On the first day of school she was so positive and asked him tobrbe her helper for the first week. About halfway through the year he startedbrhaving meltdowns and she would take him aside and talk him through them. Shebralways knew how to help him calm down and de-escalate quickly. She would alwaysbremail me and explain what had happened and tell me how she was able to help himbrcalm down and get through the rest of the day. She genuinely cares about herbrstudents.”

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If you have a moment when you have received service, send an emailbrto ariannebrown1@gmail.com. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)

Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.
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