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Spring 2009 issue of Berea Magazine is online

This issue focuses on the value of an education.

Read the magazine online. (PDF file, Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)

The first article “Small Town Values - Big Time Rewards,” authored by Editor Normandi Ellis, examines the experiences of Bereans teaching in small towns. It features Ali Duff, ’06, Michelle Williamson Lustenberg, Cx ’90, Andrew Coleman, ’89, Keith Smith, ’88, and Rebekka Cantrell Bess, ’02.

The next article is a question-and-answer piece that was developed in response to suggestions from David N. Cook, ’85. He alerted us to the fact that Berea College has the distinction of having more Kentucky school superintendents (eight) than any other private college. This article features Roger Marcum, ’74, Marion County Schools (retiring); Larry Woods, ’75, Lincoln County Schools; Brent Holsclaw, ’83, Bardstown Independent Schools; Larry Sparks, ’83, Leslie County Schools; Rob Stafford, ’89, Washington County Schools; Chuck Adams, ’92, Spencer County Schools; Kathy Burkhardt, ’92, Erlanger-Elsmere District Schools (incoming); and Joshua Powell, ’97, Union County Schools.

Sadly, Mike Caudill, ’78, superintendent of Madison County Schools, passed away before he could be interviewed.

The third article, written by Berea student Patricia Stephens, ’11, features Robert Smith, ’72, who is retiring after serving 30 years as executive director of the North East Florida Educational Consortium.

The “Hands and Heart of a Teacher” showcases the unconventional and always creative Dr. Bobby Ann Starnes, chair of the education department. It’s an enlightening piece, written by Deb McIntyre, ’10, that examines different approaches to teaching. “What matter is that the ways we teach are matched to the children we teach and the communities and cultures in which they live,” says Starnes.

News Manager Julie Sowell authored “Have Need? Teachers will Travel.” This story features Sarah Buccleugh, ’05, and Taylor Ballinger, ’07. They talk about their challenges and successes while teaching in New York and near New Orleans. Sarah worked in public relations at Berea, as did Taylor, who won the TJ Wood Award for outstanding achievement in 2007.

“Out of the Mouths of Babes,” written by Linda Reynolds, ’95, administrative assistant in public relations, looks at the educational process of students attending the college’s child development laboratory.

Finally, don’t miss Deb McIntyre’s article about the Moss family. It’s the story of eight siblings who graduated from Berea and have had successful careers. Half of them answer to “Dr. Moss!”

“A great many staff labor supervisors were named in the feature articles as teachers of life lessons,” says Editor Normandi Ellis. “That seems an important point to make: every Berea College employee is a valued teacher. Enjoy reading these stories from those who have just begun their careers in public education and from those who have enjoyed a long service and are ready to retire. May we continue to learn and love that learning so that every day our lives fill anew with wonder.”

If you have comments, questions or suggestions for the magazine, please email Normandi at ellisn@berea.edu or call 859.985.3021.

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