Here we are, finally nearing the end of summer. This may sadden some, but I welcome it with outstretched arms. Outside temperatures are usually still searing during August and September in Arkansas, but I can finally see a light at the end of this hot tunnel!
Although students in Hot Springs returned to school just yesterday, teachers and school leaders have been hard at work for weeks preparing their classrooms and getting ready for a new year of teaching and learning.
This year marks 11 years since I graduated from Magnet Cove High School in 2006. I attended school there from kindergarten to high school graduation and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The memories with my teachers and classmates will always be with me.
I still remember the day I met my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Larson. If my memory serves me correctly, my mom had to fight me and probably physically restrain me to get me to go to school on my very first day. After tears were shed and hugs were exchanged, Mrs. Larson lined us students up on a brick wall on the first day of school to make sure we were all accounted for. She would go on to be one of the teachers who impacted me the most during my 13-year school career at Magnet Cove and I love her dearly. That first day of kindergarten on the brick wall at Magnet Cove Elementary School is also where I met the girl who would become my best friend, and still is today, 24 years later.
This issue of HER highlights the lives and careers of some of our local teachers, school staff and leaders and how they are impacting our youth.
“It takes a big heart to help shape little minds” is a quotation that I heard more than once this month while meeting some of the women featured in this month’s issue. Each of them have one thing in common: a passion and love for kids and education.
The HER Cover story highlights Cutter Morning Star School District Superintendent Nancy Anderson and Hot Springs School District Superintendent Stephanie Nehus, the only two women currently heading school districts in Hot Springs. They spoke to us about the paths they took to get where they are and the changes they’ve made, and hope to make, in their respective school districts in the future.
Check out the rest of this month’s issue for back- to- school clothing trends, interviews with some of our local teachers, and more.
Good luck to all of our teachers, district leaders, students, and parents during the 2017-18 school year!