November’s KFM Teacher of the Month is Lorie Larson, a Health Occupational Instructor at Galesburg High School. Lorie was nominated by Annika Spring, a student in her class. As KFM’s Teacher of the Month, Lorie receives the Big Red Apple Award along with a $100 gift card and other gifts courtesy of Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company, Art Defined and 105.3 KFM. Here’s a little bit about Lorie:
Where did you grow up? Rio
Years teaching: 3
Favorite Subject Growing Up: Science
Favorite Subject To Teach: Health Occupations, CNA
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Least Favorite Food: Liver
My Favorite Movie: Jaws
My Favorite TV Show: The Voice
My Favorite Book: The Reliable Wife and the Twilight series
My Favorite Sports Team:
During My Spare Time I Like To: Spend time with family attending theater, acting in theater, going out to dinner with friends and golfing
Here’s what Annika had to say about Lorie:
What sets this teacher apart from others?
Mrs. Larson, my Health Occupational instructor, is the most tremendous life coach, mentor, and teacher I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Quite frankly, she is the happiest person I have ever come across, and this is just one of the many reasons I love entering her classroom each day. At 6:30 every morning, Mrs. Larson greets all her students and me with an enthusiastic “Hello” or “Good Morning,” as we enter her class. Her exam review games and learning activities are top notch; we don’t do the same review, but instead, keep it fresh with my favorites like Kahoot and Smarty Bingo…
What is one thing this teacher does that is not in their job description but they do it anyway to help you or your child?
Even her words inspire me, Mrs. Larson tells us repetitively she is our biggest “cheerleader” and will do anything she can to see us succeed, and she really proves that daily. In our classroom, we support and love one another, just as a family would. Mrs. Larson tells us daily “Make smart decisions and be safe,” and rather than just blow off a comment like this, I always find it sticking in the back of my mind because I know I have a teacher that cares about me.
She offers us coffee regularly, out of her own pocket, and even provides different, fun flavor options and creamers, She knows a 7:20 start time can sometimes be hard to stay motivated for, but she specifically goes out of her way to help us. It’s a small thing, but I truly appreciate it everyday.
Mrs. Larson is prompt in returning our tests graded the same day so we receive immediate feedback. She discusses frequently missed questions thoroughly and effectively.
Give an example of a way this teacher has helped or impacted you or your child.
She provides a positive atmosphere where students feel welcome. She makes time for you to come in and work on an individual basis and always has a listening ear.
Congratulations Lorie Larson, November’s KFM Teacher of the Month from Galesburg Nissan, Tompkins State Bank, Lacky Monuments, Cooks & Company, Art Defined and 105.3 KFM.