It's Wildcat Wednesday! Every Wednesday, we will spotlight a member of the LR Wildcat family.
This week we are introducing you to William Lashley!
7th Grade Social Studies-Civics in Government
Tell us about your family (human and/or fur family):
I am married to a beautiful woman, a fellow teacher herself, Heather Lashley. She teaches a split classroom of Kindergarten/1st Graders at Pershing Elementary School in the SPS School District. We have 2 awesome children, Trystin Lashley-7th Grader & Alexandria(Aly) Lashley-5th Grader, who attend Mt. Vernon Middle School in Mt. Vernon, IA. In addition to the family, we have 2 dogs Jersey & Lucy.
How long have you been a teacher/worked in education?
I have been a teacher for 14 years, split between substituting in Springfield Public Schools and Reeds Spring/Logan-Rogersville Middle Schools.
How long have you worked for LR?
I started teaching for Logan-Rogersville Middle School in 2013-2014. The Jr. Class was my first year 7th graders.
Why did you choose to work for LR?
I chose to teach for LR because I wanted to be a part of a community that was simular to my previous district; a small tight knit community and everyone considers their neighbors family.
What is your favorite thing about working for LR?
The students, cliche' I know, but creating those relationships with my students is important to me. Watching them grow and mature into young adults is awesome.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I started college late in life – I was 24 years old at the time. I really wanted to be a lawyer, however starting college late as I did, I decided to change my course and become a teacher. I have a passion for History and I wanted to share that passion with young kids by teaching.
What's the greatest misconception about teachers?
The greatest misconception about teachers is we have all the time in the world off from school with the weekends, nights, holidays, & summer time, not true. We take our work home with us every night and over the weekend; creating lesson plans, grading work, or adjusting our lesson plans for the next day. We answer emails, create professional development plans for our classrooms, our buildings, and district for the next school year. We are constantly working for our students and our school, to improve ourselves for them.
What stereotype about teachers is true?
Haha, that we do not have lives outside of school. When we are not in school or the classroom, we are usually thinking about what can I do in my room to make it better? Or how can I make adjustments to my lesson plan the next day so I can keep my students actively engaged in the lesson?
What is something about you that might surprise people?
I feel what might surprise people about me is I was not the best student in school; with behavior or with my grades. Matter of fact, my approach to school and my behavior towards others resulted in me having a hard life for the 6 years after high school. If I had the chance to do it all over, I would do my best in the classroom and on the field, to make life easier for me.
What is your favorite quote?
“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
"PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan.”-Yoda
What's the weirdest job you've ever had?
I was a shoe salesman for two years at The Walking Company, while teaching and coaching. I had to scan peoples feet for proper shoe fit and shoe inserts.
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a server in the restuarant industry. Before college or teaching, I was a server at Lonestar in Branson for 4 years. I enjoyed serving, meeting people, and the money was great.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would become a lawyer, as I previously mentioned. I love history, reading about history, researching facts about history, and practicing law would have allowed to fill that passion.
What do you like to do when you're not at school?
I enjoy reading when I get the opportunity, I like to play video games with my son, color and draw with my daughter, go to antique shops or craft stores with my wife.
Anything else you would like people to know about you?
Yes, against all the odds, I made something of myself. I could have fallen between the cracks and continued down the same path I lived for 6 years. However, changing how you think about life and how you live your life is not easy. You have to sacrifice a lot, with those you choose to call friends and those you choose to leave behind. Making the right choices may seem difficult at times, but in the end, those choices will reflect how you live.