A new NLHS tradition was started this year called the Educator of Influence.
The top 10% of graduating seniors are given the opportunity to choose a current NLISD teacher to be their teacher who influenced them the most throughout their educational career, whether it be an elementary, middle or high school teacher.
Each teacher is surprised on their campus with their very own sign and gifts and a small presentation from the senior describing why their teacher made such an impact on them.
Rebecca Dueck gave her health science teacher, Mrs. Kendra Waldroup, a small token of appreciation and read her a letter she had previously written.
Part of the letter stated, “You stayed resilient in your life and I know when things get hard I can just think of your perseverance and remember that I am capable. I would have never gotten the opportunity to see surgeries and clinical environments that I did.”
Although the medical field is not something Rebecca ever aspired to do as a child, she is now headed into the medical field after her participating in health science classes and getting real-life experience.
Mrs. Melissa Arnold was also surprised by students Kenzie Pence and Faith Beassie who told her, “Every teaching lesson and life lesson you taught me has stuck with me, and it has helped me to thrive.” (Kenzie) and “I chose you to be my teacher of influence because you have always pushed me to be my best.” (Faith)
Mrs. Blount remarked after receiving her Teacher of Influence sign and listening to what her students had to say to her, “I absolutely loved this! It made my year and reminded me of why I do what I do!”
Closing out Teacher Appreciation Week reminding teachers they ARE making a difference in the lives of students was the perfect way to end a great week at North Lamar.
Pictured: Toni Preston hugging Dani Blount (left) and Cody Head with honor graduate, Camden Renfro (right)