Making the most of her time
Carla Wiegers has quickly become a familiar face at Lansing Elementary School.
Wiegers, a returning member of the LES site council and substitute teacher for the Lansing School District this year, often finds herself going 'back to school' these days.
As the site council secretary, one project she's been involved in is developing an emergency action plan for the new elementary school in the event of a catastrophe.
She's also taken an in-depth look at bussing routes and parent drop-off sites for the new school including an idea she's personally championed this year of free bus service for elementary students.
"I think if we can encourage more bus drivers, it would be safer for everyone," Wiegers said.
She has pushed to create art displays for the new school as well "to honor students and their art" and "to make the school our own."
Wiegers "works for her daughters" and relishes being able to spend time with her youngest, Alyssa, 5, before she enrolls in first grade full time next fall. But, when possible, Wiegers also substitute teaches, where she tries to impress her love for history and English on Lansing students.
"I enjoy the challenge of subbing," Wiegers said of the part-time job.
Also an Army reservist, Wiegers serves once a month and, on average, four times per year. She served on active duty in the Army for nine years, and her husband, Steve, is an active ammunitions officer, currently in Kuwait serving a 12-month deployment.
In her free time, Wiegers handles publicity for the Friends of the Army Frontier Museum and recently performed in "Alice in Wonderland" put on by the River City Community Players.
Wiegers said of her busy life, "I think it's my duty : You have to pack as much into the seasons that God gives you as possible."
NAME: Carla Wiegers
OCCUPATION: Army reservist/substitute teacher
FAMILY: Steve, husband; Leah, 7, daughter; Alyssa, 5, daughter
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING, AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "Since July of '05, and the military, like many."
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "I think what you find in the military is people travel all over the world : but they want to raise their kids in the same type of environment that they grew up in."
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I enjoy theater and singing."
WHAT MIGHT SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "People wouldn't consider me an athlete, but I've run two full marathons and probably five half-marathons."
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "A verse from a Robert Frost poem ('Reluctance') 'Ah, when to the heart of man was it ever less than a treason, to go with the drift of things, and yield with a grace to reason. And bow and accept the end of a love or a season.'"
WHAT CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS DO YOU BELONG TO? Lansing Elementary School Site Council, Friends of the Frontier Army Museum, United States Army Reserve, Girl Scouts (Leader of two troops), River City Community Players, First United Methodist Church and Awana Clubs International