Profile Response: Starla Gresham Conway AR

HWWLT Logo on yellowStarla Gresham attended the Conway public schools, became a teacher, taught first grade for ten years, and then had the opportunity to join the Gifted and Talented (GT) team. As the ‘thinking teacher’ at a Conway elementary school, Starla spends one period every week with each K-4 class, and 2-1/2 hours per week with selected third and fourth graders in the Pinnacle program. Her class work includes projects like building something from a bag of trash and writing about it, or an extended version of twenty questions to untangle riddles like: ‘The baseball champions scored 12 runs but not a single man crossed home plate.’ (I guessed it was a woman’s team; in Starla’s riddle all the players were married). Starla has written a book on Creative Problem Solving and loves writing curriculum to help other teachers.

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-8-37-49-pmAfter visiting so many teachers who are disenchanted with our educational system it was a joy to spend time with a devoted teacher who still loves her work. Though she did say, “I’m glad not to have a regular classroom anymore. The restrictions on classroom teachers are so great these days.”

Consistent with her rigor, Starla investigated my website and prepared a response to my question as suggested by one of my earliest posts. Interestingly, even a GT teacher who specializes in riddles rephrased my question to the first person singular. That word ‘we’ is an uncomfortable one for most everyone.

How will we live tomorrow?

 

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How will I live tomorrow? Should I make this personal? I’m very much a “Pollyanna Positive” I see the glass completely full as opposed to ½ empty J

At this time my heart is very heavy as I watch my mommy disappear a little at a time each day. Alzheimer’s is such a cruel disease. This amazing woman did everything right, exercised every day, ate only healthy food, participated and taught bible studies on almost a college level, raised 4 wonderfully exceptional children almost single handily. (Dad was a traveling salesman) And now she’s forgotten how to brush her teeth. Every day when I go see here there is still that little sparkle in her eye when I walk in. My prayer is that the God she was so faithful too her entire life will take her by the hand “HOME” before that spark is completely gone. I live tomorrow with that hope and enjoy every second I have with her. Blessed!

I LOVE my job – I could stay home and make just as much money – but it’s not about money in the least! I LOVE my job! After 35 years I can’t see stopping. I will live tomorrow blessed to touch the lives of SO MANY innocent children (some stinkers) but where else can you work and feel like a super star when you walk in a room – kids waving arms, smiling, yelling Mrs. Gresham, Mrs. Gresham. Blessed!

Precious Baby Son – 500 words just aren’t enough! What an amazing son I’ve been blessed with to be a part of my life. I will live tomorrow watching him work so seriously on his Pharmacy degree. He takes the responsibility of helping so many people with such dedication, I will live with ride in my heart that I can call him Precious Baby Son!

How will I live tomorrow – hopefully making a difference in the people I come in contact with every day? My family knows I would do anything for them. My students know I’m always there for them. We have SO MUCH FUN – they don’t always realize they are learning. Blessed to have the freedom to freely worship my Heavenly Father. Just trying to be the best person I can be.

 

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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