Archive for Thursday, October 5, 2006

Students’ progress excites teacher

October 5, 2006

Literacy coach Elaine Schall has experienced a range of extremes.

During her 24-year teaching career, she's taught students from preschool to college in the oft-extreme temperatures of Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska.

She's brought her experiences to Lansing Middle School, where she began the school year as one of two new literacy coaches.

Schall also teaches math to Kansas City Community College students three nights a week.

Year after year, the students keep her coming back.

"I just get excited when students make a lot of progress, both at the college level and this level," she said.

Schall, who grew up near Red Cloud, Neb., credits her experience as a 4-H junior leader with leading her to teach.

Four years ago, Schall moved to Lansing. Most recently, she worked at Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center before taking her new job.

As a literacy coach, Schall helps LMS students improve their math and reading skills. Because the program is new, she has helped mold its vision.

On a personal level, Schall wants to achieve goals with both the students and teachers.

"I hope the remedial students I have advance enough in their skills, so that they don't need this program next year," she said. "I hope to collaborate with the staff and develop some new strategies that they can use in their classrooms."

Schall said she appreciated the academic success of Lansing schools, as well as the people at LMS.

"I like the students. They're very polite in the halls," she said. "The staff has been really warm and receptive."

If she had her druthers though, Kansas' winter temperatures would be more like the weather she enjoyed in Alaska.

"I like cold winter and snowstorms," she said.

If Schall wants to experience the brisk air of Alaska, she can visit her daughter, Rochelle, 29, in Fairbanks.

Her son, Dustin, 24, resides in Omaha, Neb.

When she's not in the classroom, Schall enjoys many hobbies. Her favorites are reading, gardening, quilting, playing games including bridge, traveling and craft-related endeavors such as cross-stitching.

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