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August 13th, 2012 11:31 am by Sam Bass

Teachers welcome students back to the classroom

Today, an ancient bell preserved above the entrance of Carters Valley Elementary School in Church Hill symbolizes the beginning of a new school year for the students, teachers and staff.

"Clang-clang! Clang-clang! Clang-clang!" Years ago, the sound of a pealing bell echoing across the fields and hollows of rural eastern Tennessee would announce the start of school.


Today, an ancient bell preserved above the entrance of Carters Valley Elementary School (CVES) in Church Hill symbolizes the beginning of a new school year for the students, teachers and staff.


Carters Valley, part of the Hawkins County School District, will serve approximately 276 students in the 2012-2013 school year.


Preparing for a new school year is a monumental task: Staff and faculty meetings, books, lesson plans, student supplies, parent/student events, bulletin board materials, and more meetings.


One of the most important tasks has been distributing preparation information for students and parents during the summer months.


"Last year, Carters Valley distributed a book and materials list which help both parents and students prepare for the upcoming school year," said Cyndi Snapp, CVES fourth-grade teacher. "We want to encourage the parents to participate: to make sure their children are completing their homework assignments and going through the student’s school planner with their child so they know what’s coming up."


Snapp has been an elementary school teacher for 16 years, 13 at CVES. She is welcoming 19 new fourth-graders into her classroom this year.


"I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little girl," said Snapp, now the mother of six children of her own. "I use to beg my teachers for extra handouts and take them home to play school."


Snapp is a self-contained teacher, which means she teaches all the subjects.


"We start off in the morning with reading and language arts, then math, science and social studies," she said. "I tell my kids that I’m a math geek... I love math and problem-solving."


Snapp believes teaching is a calling, and that it’s all about the kids. She wants every one of her students to know that someone cares and is making sure they’re learning.


"I love my job... it energizes me," said Snapp. "I actually get very disappointed when May rolls around."

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