Category Archives: Laurel School

January Educator of the Month

To mark the one-year anniversary of Franklin County’s “Educator of the Month” program, Mrs. Melissa “Missy” Renforth is being recognized as January’s “Educator of the Month”.  Mrs. Renforth is currently a fourth grade teacher at Laurel School.

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Mrs. Renforth was hired by the Franklin County Community School Corporation to cover a maternity leave.  The following school year, Mrs. Renforth was hired as a full time elementary teacher at Laurel School.  Her teaching tenure at Laurel School spans 27 years, and she has taught third, fourth, and fifth grade.  

Mrs. Renforth received multiple nominations for this recognition.  One parent wrote, “I feel that Mrs. Renforth has put many years into our school and is a loyal educator.  I have witnessed her show compassion, tough love, or just give a simple compliment to make someone’s day.”

According to Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, “when the “Educator of the Month” recognition program was conceived, in addition to considering excellence in the classroom, we also wanted to recognize educators for their leadership and involvement in the school and in the community.”  During her career at Laurel School, Mrs. Renforth has immersed herself in … Continue reading

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Author/Illustrator Will Hillenbrand Visits Laurel School

DSCN5598Preschool through sixth grade students at Laurel Elementary and Junior High School enjoyed Will Hillenbrand’s presentation on Thursday, October 8, 2015.  Mr. Hillenbrand spent the day with the students and staff sharing his artistic talent and reading stories.  Mr. Hillenbrand also shared Thursday evening with parents.  Will Hillenbrand has illustrated and/or written over 60 children’s books including Down By the Barn, Bear in Love, All for a Dime, Sneeze, Big Bear Sneeze, and Snowman’s Story.  Will Hillenbrand shared how he uses Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Line and Ink, and the app Procreate to create his artwork.  He shared the importance of reading to everyone–sharing picture books is important because it allows the reader and listener to experience the book.  Mr. Hillenbrand stated, “Learning to read gives you freedom just like learning to ride a bike gives you freedom.”  Books help you to think big.  Mr. Hillenbrand fondly shared with his audience, “Adults cared enough to read to me and that made my world brighter.”

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