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Mrs. Laura LaPole
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. --Nelson Mandela
Welcome to fifth grade! This is my eleventh year of teaching, and my third year teaching fifth grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Shepherd University in Elementary Education and earned a Master's Degree from West Virginia University in Educational Leadership. Reading and Writing are my two favorite subjects.
My family is my greatest joy! My husband Jeff and I are busy raising our three children. Madison is starting her second year at West Virginia Wesleyan where she plays soccer and is majoring in History and Political Science and aspires to attend law school. Carley is a junior at Musselman High School where she is a member of the student council, president of YLA, plays piano in the jazz band, and is a member of the swim team. Ben is an eighth grader at Mountain Ridge Middle School and plays in the jazz band, runs cross country, and plays lacrosse. We love to go hiking, ride bikes on the canal, and make late-night runs to Krumpes for donuts!
I had an amazing opportunity to travel to China this summer and experience a different culture, new foods, see some beautiful scenery, and visit ancient cities and temples. I saw two Cyress Trees that were called "Father and Son". The "Father" was 3,000 years old, and the "Son" was 1,000 years old! I also walked through the Hanging Temple in the Shanxi Province that was built more than 1,500 years ago. It was beautiful but quite intimidating. A high school in Taiyuan welcomed us for a day, and we were given a glimpse as to how their educational system functions. I found the school motto, "Aim High Down-To-Earth", inspirational.
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." -- George S. Patton. I put this quote on a note when we took Madison to college for this semester, and I feel it also pertains to our classroom at Mountain Ridge. There are going to be some challenges this school year, but by working together and putting forth our best effort, we'll have success. I look forward to our school year together!