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Star Polisher – Greg McCormick, Mark Morris

Who’s your star polisher? “Greg McCormick” Why? “This teacher shaped me to be a better human and also taught me traits that are essential to my future,” writes Mitchell Pelton, a student at Mark Morris High School.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2017-09-06T14:28:54+00:00 September 6th, 2017|

Star Polisher – Diondra Beck, Mark Morris

Who’s your star polisher? “Diondra Beck,” writes Sara Penny, a student at Mark Morris High School. Why? “She has been more than a math teacher for every one of her students, but especially me. … She listens to me and gives advice on absolutely everything … . She brightens my day or makes me laugh when she knows I’m down … . She creates an atmosphere in her classroom that makes me feel welcome … . In the past two and a half years she has been nothing short of a mother figure in my life, a mentor, a trusted adult, a friend and pretty much everything I’ve needed. She encourages me and has taught me countless life lessons — oh and the pythagorean theorem.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2017-07-21T07:24:21+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

Longview Luminaries – Debbie Johnson

The schools and community of Longview, Washington have long supported the development of outstanding individuals whose contributions have enriched the city, state, nation, and world.  We would like to take some time to highlight some of these notable individuals and the nurturing community from which they came. These bright spots in the Longview community exemplify the values that the Longview School District aims to instill in all of its students and serve as beacons of integrity, passion, and brilliance. Here, we introduce the next of many notable Longview Luminaries, Debbie Johnson.

 

From a start in the sciences to her landing in public safety, Debbie Johnson’s path continues to crisscross with the schools where dedicated teachers influenced and inspired her.

Mark Morris science teacher Larry Byman peaked her high interest in the sciences, and her then-English teacher Phil Suek helped literature come to life prior to her 1991 graduation. While at Mark Morris, she was a student athlete and a member of the volleyball, soccer, basketball and track squads.

After studying for a time at Central Washington University, Debbie served a two year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in forestry and helping women toward prosperity through gardens and beekeeping.

Although testing indicated an aptitude for law enforcement, Debbie earned her degree in marine biology with a minor in chemistry from Central Washington University. Intending to pursue a Master’s Degree after working a while, she got a corrections officer job at the Cowlitz County jail.

“I was fascinated dealing with people at their worst,” she said. After two years, she made the decision to become a police officer. “This was a way to make a difference in the community. It really is a calling.”

Debbie was commissioned in 1999 and spent a couple of years as a patrol officer, then detective, then a school resource officer at her alma mater. In 2009 she was promoted to sergeant. After extensive testing and interviews, Debbie became the department’s first female police captain in 2011. She also started her Master’s in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.

She has served on governing boards for the emergency support shelter, the Salvation Army and Cowlitz Substance Abuse Coalition.

Debbie, who also serves as a lay minister in the Community of Christ church, approaches law enforcement with a servant’s attitude. “How you treat people makes a big difference in recovery and healing after an incident.” Her service is an investment in the community she loves—a community that she describes as full of hidden treasures–such as parks, breweries, and restaurants. And, a community of quality people.

As a mother of three children in elementary, middle-, and high school levels, Debbie tips her hat to the education her children have received. And, as a bonus, her younger daughter’s teacher was the daughter of a former Longview Police Chief. “That helped a lot with the stress of being a cop’s kid,” said Debbie.

“People in Longview care—they care enough to even get out and demonstrate their opinions.”

Debbie is a shining example of a Longview graduate who has found her passion and channeled that into a community that she loves.

2017-10-31T22:08:18+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

Star Polisher – Travis Ruhter, Mark Morris

Who’s your star polisher? “Travis Ruhter,” writes Mariyah Dore, a student at Mark Morris High School. Why? “Mr. Ruhter has made a difference in my life every day. I think he makes a difference in several lives each day. … I don’t think there’s another teacher that is as dedicated to teaching and making a difference as he is. … Most of all I know I can talk to him about anything that is going on in my life, and I know he will give me his honest opinion. Mr. Ruhter has taught me to love myself and serve others to the best of my ability. … Mr. Ruhter is the main reason I strive to be the best I can be. I thank him for that and the confidence he gives me for being me.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2017-07-11T16:24:53+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

May Employees of the Month

Principal Noma Hudson, left, took over the principal post at Kessler Elementary School this year and has had a positive influence on the climate making it feel more united. Discipline problems are handled promptly and in a positive manner. Student achievement is a priority and Noma instills the attitude that all children are learners.

Noma began her time with LPS in 1983 as an English teacher. She spent a number of years as a valuable team member at Mark Morris High School and serving as LEA President. In more recent years, she has served as an assistant principal and principal at RAL, CVG, and Cascade.

 

Mark Morris custodian Eileen Goodwin, right, has been an invaluable team member in both food service and operations since 2010. She is currently a custodian at Mark Morris and her flexibility and willingness to help beyond her assigned responsibilities are greatly appreciated. She goes above and beyond expectations of the job on a daily basis. Safety and security of the building are a responsibility of this position that she takes as seriously as the cleanliness of the building. Without employees like Eileen who are willing to sub in other positions we would not have such a smooth transition when unplanned absences (morning call ins) happen in the Operations Department.

2017-06-23T16:48:04+00:00 June 21st, 2017|

Star Polisher – Mark Morris’s Jamie Allred

Jamie Allred

 

Who’s your star polisher? “Ms. Jamie Allred.” Why? “She’s someone at school I trust and confide in,” writes Kierra Clark, a student at Mark Morris High School.

 

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2017-06-12T22:11:09+00:00 June 9th, 2017|
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