Lee County Schools Teacher of the Week — Lisa Roberts Foushee

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

Name: Lisa Roberts Foushee

School: J. Glenn Edwards

Grades/subjects you teach: Kindergarten

Email address: lrfoushee.edwards@lee.k12.nc.us

Date, place of birth: 6/15/1958, Lee County

Education (high school & college attended, degrees): Greenwood High School class of 1976, Elon College (now University) 1981.

Brief work history: 26 years of teaching experience in the Lee County school system; kindergarten–third grade.

Hobbies/interests outside teaching: Reading, walking, yard work/ St. Luke UMC activities

Family: David Foushee (husband for 30 years); Mallory Foushee Paderick, daughter; Dr. Tripp Paderick, son-in-law; Merritt Foushee, son.

ON TEACHING

What led you to a career as a teacher?

My parents were great teachers, the late Jimmy Roberts and Frances Roberts. I saw how hard they worked and how much they gave of themselves to their students. I tried to ignore the call from God to teach, but I gave in to the call during my sophomore year of college.

Who were your favorite teachers as you went through school, and what did you learn from them?

Mrs. Lois Pittard — learning is something that can be a challenge and still be fun.

Mrs. Carol Cox — a love of great literature.

Mr. Eddie Bradford — curiosity is a good thing.

How has teaching changed since you were a student?

The biggest change has been in discipline. When I was a student, if I had gotten in trouble at school, my daddy would have punished me and backed the teacher 100 percent — no matter what I said. Teachers do not get the support and respect from parents, the community and society as a whole today.

What "makes your day" as a teacher?

When a child has that a-ha moment, ”I can read!”

What's working in schools today?

There is an old saying, “That which we survive makes us stronger.” If we can survive the first years of Common Core, it is going to make a tremendous, positive impact on all students K-12.

What's not working?

We are testing our children too much. I am scared this will destroy their love of learning.

What's your favorite memory of your first year as a teacher?

I was teaching first grade at Broadway School, and Gayle Matthews came in my class one day (she taught down the hall) and told me that my daddy would be proud of how well I was doing.

How would your "teacher" persona handle you as a student?

“Teacher” persona would need to use a firm hand and lots of hands-on activities for me as a student.

Best piece of advice for other teachers?

Close your eyes and count to 10, then the good is better and the bad is not so bad after all.

For students?

Stay in school, education is the answer to having a better future. I tell my kindergarten students all the time that I expect each one of them to graduate from high school and go to college.

For parents?

Turn the television off and read to your children. Talk to them every day about what they learned, and tell them you want them to do well in school.

If you were superintendent for a day, you'd:

Find a way to get the county commissioners in the elementary schools — I believe more money would be given to the schools, and a new elementary school would be under construction within a year.

What about your job would surprise your non-teaching friends the most?

It’s not an 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. job. I work on plans, materials and other preparations for my children many hours past 3:30 p.m.!

If you could somehow magically instill one truth into the heads of your students, what would it be?

You are important.

When you think about today's kids, you:

Worry because technology is the best and worst thing that is happening to our young people

If one of your students was asked for a one-word description of you by a student who hadn't had you in class, what would that one word be?

Fun

Favorite movie about school or teaching:

"Pay It Forward"

How would you summarize your teaching philosophy?

Kindergarten is the hardest and most rewarding teaching experience I have ever had. It is my job to give each child a firm foundation in reading, writing and math in which he or she can build themselves into confident, enthusiastic life learners. Hard work from student and teacher will lead to a successful, ongoing adventure in learning for all. More than anything else, I want every child to leave my class with a deep love of reading.

What five things must every teacher know?

5. Work hard. If you expect your children to work hard each day, then you have to give them the same effort.

4. Consistency and fairness go hand in hand.

3. Keep your sense of humor — you will need it every day.

2. Be yourself! Teaching is an art. Every picture does not have to be the same to be beautiful.

1. Have HIGH expectations for every child in your class.

What's special about your classroom?

I hope if anyone walked in my room, they would see a warm, print-rich, inviting learning environment with all of the children highly engaged in appropriate activities.

What's special about your school?

The staff!

Most unusual question you've ever gotten from a student?

Craig Oates asked, "If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be? Why?" This was many years ago, but it stuck with me.