ARCHIVE: Catching the Bus: Leon Springs Elementary School faculty gears up for new year

Story and photograph by Pamela Price

This story originally appeared in the Leon Springs Community News, August 2010 edition.

LSE teachers Shirley Wittneben, Vicki Eoff and Taelor Swaney climb aboard a luxury bus as part of their in-service training. Image copyright: Pamela Price, 2010

While area children gathered up pencils, paper and erasers in anticipation of autumn, teachers at Leon Springs Elementary School climbed aboard a luxurious charter bus to start the school year off in high style–and learn a thing or two on the ride.

The August 16 bus trip kicked off the school’s annual back-to-school training. Earlier that morning, principal Kathy Dodge-Clay welcomed new and seasoned teachers to campus for a full week of activities.

In the library, it was hard to miss the week’s theme, “Hop on the Energy Bus.” Images of traditional yellow buses graced the official schedule and table decorations– just as they had the invitations sent to teachers earlier in the summer.

“On our campus, we have many veteran teachers. I feel that it’s important to invite them back to school every year,” said Dodge-Clay, who has served as principal at Leon Springs for 12 years. She added that this year she’s welcoming a record number of new teachers, too. Continue reading “ARCHIVE: Catching the Bus: Leon Springs Elementary School faculty gears up for new year”