The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lind­sey Wells, As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

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!

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