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  If Laura Girard-Munroe is going to do something, she goes “all out.” That’s why, after she began running 18 years ago to lose weight, her first races were a 12K and half-marathon. “I ran my first marathon because I entered a marathon naming contest in my hometown of Maryville, MO,” Laura said. “They picked… Read more »

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  Emilie Reinertsen has always enjoyed working with children. Before she was a substitute teacher, Emilie worked for the Children’s Division at the Department of Social Services in Missouri. “I was a Children’s Service Worker for 5 years,” Emilie said. “I worked with children and families providing protective services in instances of abuse and neglect,… Read more »

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  Special education students are a part of the regular classroom environment — and for good reason. They deserve to feel included and to receive the same education as mainstream students. As a substitute teacher, it’s inevitable that you will have the opportunity to work with special needs students on many assignments. While this can… Read more »

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  At an early age, George Blume’s father gave him some advice: If you want your community to be a better place, then YOU work to make it better. It’s wisdom that has guided George all his life. It’s what led him to 27 years as a volunteer firefighter. And 26 years as an Emergency… Read more »

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  After her kids started first grade, Jenna Merriman decided it was time to get back to substitute teaching. “I really enjoy the kids and the variety of classes I get to teach,” Jenna said. “I love the hugs from the kids who remember me.” Prior to her substitute teaching career, Jenna earned a Bachelor’s… Read more »

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Lolita Richard was working on her degree in Elementary Education when her instructor challenged her to write a children’s book. “She asked, ‘with the growth of technology how do we keep students interested in books?’ I did some hard thinking and all I could come up with was to write interesting books, and that’s exactly… Read more »

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After Cecelia McDonald retired, she missed seeing and connecting with her students. She felt she still had a lot to offer, so she became a substitute teacher. “Substitute teaching allows me to interact with kids and stay current with education trends,” Cecelia said. “I love that every day is new when I’m subbing.” Before becoming… Read more »

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  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our MHED family’s favorite turkey day recipes. Check out the recipes below to find some Thanksgiving favorites along with some non-traditional dishes from the MHED team.   Main Dishes   Turkey Dumpling Soup from Kathryn Zahn, Staffing Specialist at MHED  Ingredients for… Read more »

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When Paul Murray first retired, his wife Marilyn could see that playing golf was not enough for him. She knew he needed to be helping people, so she encouraged him to do something else. That’s when he became a teacher. But before he started working with children, Paul served his country. Joining the army in… Read more »

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Before he retired, Eduardo Almanza wanted to try something different. He had been working in the insurance industry after spending 37 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aero-Medical Technician and he was looking for a change of pace. “I decided to become a substitute teacher on the suggestion of my wife,” Eduardo said…. Read more »