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After receiving advice from her students, orchestra director Judy Erpelding marks her music. Although the director normally makes the artistic decisions, Erpelding will often consult her students and hear their opinions on what sounds good and what they should try out. “[The students] are the heart of the program, not me,” Erpelding said. “I know they will carry that on and I will miss them. Making great music with them, being able to challenge them, taking their inspiration.”

NEWS: Judy Erpelding Announces Resignation

Lilly Wall May 11, 2023

After serving as the Director of Orchestras program for 11 years at the school, Judy Erpelding has announced her resignation, effective May 26.  With this position being her first teaching job, she...

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Students sing the praises of new choir teacher

Cici Hunter, Reporter October 4, 2021

Joshua East is the latest addition to the fine arts program. Working beside Olivia Henning , East co-teaches the performance choirs and is the lead teacher for Chamber choir. East started his career...

Mini Profile: Theresa Martin

Mini Profile: Theresa Martin

Chloe Stafre, Designer May 10, 2019

Teachers and District at Impasse

Teachers and District at Impasse

Sabrina Castle, Reporter September 18, 2018

On August 23, a mass email titled “From The Table” was sent to over 950 teachers in the Lawrence school district. The message contained a summary of what had been decided at the August 9 negotiations...

Taking the place of Brad Simon after his passing in mid December, new science teacher Mattithyah Tillotson takes over the classes previously taught by Simon. Tillotson majored in chemistry, general physics, and secondary education with a chemistry concentration at K-State University. I’ve been a teacher assistant for chemistry labs and recitations for three years, I think, so I’ve taught, like, hundreds of college students, Tillotson said.

Recent graduate fills open science position

Sydney Gard, Reporter February 10, 2015

When science teacher Brad Simon passed away on Dec. 13, students and teachers wanted time to mourn. Finals, however, were only a week away, and Simon had AP Physics 1 and Chemistry classes scheduled for...

English teacher Lynne Renick retires after long career

hala hamid, reporter May 21, 2014

English teacher Lynne Renick is retiring this year, and even though she has been teaching for a total of 36 years, there’s never a moment when she doesn’t love her job. “My students teach me so...

Jo Ball

logan brown, reporter May 21, 2013

According to Jo Ball, a great speaker “is someone who can communicate with the audience and adapt to the audience ”. According to Parker Hopkins, the way to become a great speaker is Ms. Ball. Hopkins...

Gordon Berry

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief May 14, 2013

Despite having imperfect behavior in high school, substitute teacher Gordon Berry tries to make a positive impression on students. “... I wasn’t a good student in high school,” Berry said, “so...

Matt Frost

Matt Frost

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief May 14, 2013

Social Studies teacher Matt Frost feels that as a teacher it is his duty not only to teach a subject, but to teach life skills that students will use even after high school. “It’s my responsibility...

Born to Teach: Ms. ONeil

Born to Teach: Ms. O’Neil

gavin spence, reporter May 13, 2013

Most kindergartners do not know what they want to do when they grow up, but Laura O’Neil did. She knew she wanted to be a teacher. Since that childhood dream, O’Neil has taught at Lawrence High for...

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Personality Profile – Jason Springer

ciara sayler, reporter December 10, 2012

Straight after earning his undergraduate degrees, teacher Jason Springer set off to join the Peace Corps. Funded by the United States government, the Peace Corps is an organization whose goals are to...

Punishment for Online Activity?

January 14, 2011

 Recently, a student in Florida was suspended from school for making a Facebook group, about her English teacher. The group was a forum for people to discuss how much they did not like this...

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