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We’re highlighting a teacher every Wednesday as a part of the #RedForEd campaign.

Every year is a great year to celebrate our teachers, but this year has shined a bright light on the flexibility and compassion of our incredible staff.

Today we’re highlighting Mrs. Lacey Ball, a special education teacher at West Vigo High School.

What motivates you?
My motivators are my students, colleagues, and family.  I have an amazing group of kids I get to work with daily that brighten my day.  They are eager to learn and have the best attitudes.  I could not get through the day without my wonderful support team at school and home.  My colleagues are always there to support me and answer my crazy amounts of questions :).  Everyone’s main goal is to do what is best for the students and you can really feel that sense of commitment.   My family motivates me by pushing me to do my best and continues to believe in me.  This year has been rough for everyone and it is so great to have people around that continue to motivate me.

How has your job changed due to COVID?
COVID 19 has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone. I have always been a paper/pencil person. This has allowed me to get more creative with my teaching ideas and materials. I have learned so much about technology and grown tremendously in my understanding of such materials.

What is something that people don’t understand about your job?
Something people do not understand about my job is that just because the school day is over, that does not mean your “teacher brain” shuts off. I’m sure a lot of my fellow teachers can agree they have caught themselves waking up in the middle of the night with a wonderful idea. You are constantly reflecting, analyzing, and changing your lessons/techniques for your classroom so that they will better assist the students in your classroom and school.

Why do you love VCSC/your school?
I recently returned to VCSC/West Vigo this school year after being gone for a year. I began my teaching career as a Viking and when I had to leave I was so upset. Coming into my teaching position, I was so nervous. Not being from this tight knit community was intimidating. I quickly realized that there was absolutely nothing to worry about. Everyone at West is so welcoming and helpful. When I received the opportunity to return I could not have been more excited. I can not say enough positive things about everyone I have the pleasure to work with at West and it feels pretty amazing to be a Viking again and be back with the VCSC.

Be sure to check back on #Staffurday–Saturday, that is–as we recognize members of our non-teaching staff. We’ll continue both campaigns through the end of the school year.