Here at Lewisburg Middle School we strive for excellence. It is not a wish or a dream, but a goal. Everyday our teachers converse about strategies to reach students in new and exciting ways. Our teachers also go to seminars to hear what teachers in other counties and states are doing to teach certain subjects. In addition, our teachers are also students because we take college courses and continuing education units to stay up to date on all the latest teaching methods which show the greatest educational growth. It really seems that teachers here at Lewisburg(and other Desoto county schools) are, as always, giving our best every day. Everyone knows that all our teachers here at LMS are special; however, I am going to focus on one particular group of teachers-the science department. Why the science department you may ask? Well, not to toot our own horn or anything, but over the course of the last three years we have had the HIGHEST STATE TEST SCORES in the county. You have probably heard before that if something happens once, it’s an accident. If something happens twice, it is a coincidence. If something happens three times, it is a pattern. Well, I guess you can say we have a pattern of excellence in our science department. So with this week’s blog, I want to share a little about the educators which make up the science department of Lewisburg Middle School. They deserve a lot of credit, so if you see any of them please give them a word of encouragement which really goes a long way.
First of all, we have our commander-in- chief, Mrs. Emily Frayser.
Here is a short bio of Mrs. Frayser in her own words:
I have been married for 21 years and have three children of my own; a ten year old 5th grader, a fifteen year old 9th grader, and a twenty-one year old that is in the Air Force. I graduated from Horn Lake High School and have lived in Desoto County all my life. I love to spend time with my family. I also love serving God and believe that I have been called to teach middle school students. I have 14 years teaching experience in middle school science, I taught 8 years at Southaven Middle School and 6 years at Lewisburg Middle School. I am a nationally board certified teacher in middle school science education. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education k-8 from the University of Memphis in 2001. I am dedicated to each of my students as individuals. I am flexible and love to have fun, but I have high expectations for each of my students to grow from their individual level.
I became a teacher because I felt called by God to share a love of learning with the future generations. I want to inspire and help specifically middle school students walk through the transition of becoming of young lady or young man as they move into high school. I also want to share my passion for science to my students. I love how our Earth is so perfectly created with incredible life and features.
Next we have Mrs. Creager,
Mrs. Creager attended the University of Memphis and has received a BS degree from UT Memphis in Health Sciences, Cytotechnology. She has also received her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from National Univ.
Mrs. Creager has not always been a teacher. She has had other jobs like a pharmacy technician for 11 years, park ranger during seasonal times, cytotechnologist in a pathology lab for 15 years. The best part is she has been a teacher here at LMS for ten wonderful years.
I asked Mrs. Creager why she wanted to go into teaching and here is what she said, “I wanted out of pathology lab because it was too isolated-no human interaction. It was just me & my microscope looking for cancer cells. I thought nursing was the way to go but Lord had other plans !! Blessed to get hired by James Brady & teach here !!!! I have much appreciation for Mr. Meadows for allowing me to keep animals in my room !! And there is tons of human interaction !!!
Next is Mrs. Ferrell,
Mrs. Ferrell says,
I teach seventh grade science at Lewisburg Middle. I currently live in Olive Branch with my husband of thirteen years and two children who attend Lewisburg Middle and Lewisburg Elementary. Mississippi has not always been my home. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee on a farm with my father and brother. Growing up on a farm developed my love for all animals; therefore, science became my favorite subject in school and college. I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2001 and am currently working on my masters of teaching through Belhaven University. Teaching is a very rewarding career, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the teaching staff here at Lewisburg.
Here are a few words from Mrs. Newton, our 8th grade science teacher.
I graduated from Purdue University in 1986 with a BS in Nursing. I practiced as an RN in the Chicago area and later in Kentucky for 19 years. Upon moving to DeSoto county, I was interested in a career change and was a SPED assistant at OGCE in Hernando for 3 years. My last year as an assistant, I decided to do the alternate route through Delta State to become a certified teacher and completed the Master’s program in 2008. I taught 5th grade math, science, and social studies at OGCE for 4 years before deciding that I wanted to teach middle school science. I spent a year at Southaven Middle in 7th grade science, and this is my 5th year at LMS. I am married and have 4 children: Lauren is a graduate of U of Memphis and is a travel nurse in Colorado; Nathan is a graduate of Delta State and is a Fitness and Endurance trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Collierville; Michael is a junior at Miss St in aerospace engineering and co-ops at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, GA; and Alex is a senior at LHS.
Next, there is Mr. Wiltshire.
James Wiltshire comes from a family of teachers. His father, aunts, cousins, in-laws are all teachers. Mr. Wiltshire wanted to become a teacher to impact student lives in a positive manner. He also wanted to follow into his family’s footsteps and become a teacher. Mr. Wiltshire is a 1993 high school graduate of Horn Lake High School. He went to Northwest CC for two years and graduated from Delta State University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education of Biological Sciences. He started teaching in January 1998 at Olive Branch Middle School and transferred to Lewisburg Middle school in August 2014. This makes a total of 19 years of teaching. Mr. Wiltshire’s favorite aspect of science is Astronomy but the Periodic Table and Chemistry is a close 2nd.
Mr. Wiltshire has a wife to whom he has been married to for a wonderful 14 years. He has two kids, age 11 and 7. Both children attend Lewisburg schools. He also has one crazy dog named Fudge who loves to dig for moles.
Then there is Coach Cameron Taylor, here are a few words about him from him.
This is my first year teaching at LMS, and my first year to teach as a whole. I transitioned from the business world to teaching this year. I worked at AutoZone headquarters in Memphis. After pursuing a business degree my heart has always been working with children. After much discussion, prayer, and studying in June I found myself in a teaching program. Soon after the course I accepted a teaching and coaching position here at LMS. I am very passionate about what I do. I feel that it is my responsibility to help build a foundation for the world’s future leaders.
I have been married for a little over two years to Mrs. Taylor, who teaches here at LMS also. We pour our heart and soul into everything that we do. It is so rewarding to know that we are the reason a student may laugh and have fun, but learn while doing so. We are proud to be LMS Patriots!
There is one more person I want to mention. His name is Coach Jeremy Boler. Coach Boler started coaching this year at Lewisburg High school, but was at LMS for about a decade helping shape the science minds of our middle schoolers. I want to say thank you Coach Boler, Mrs. Frayser, Mrs. Newton, Mrs. Creager, Mrs. Ferrell, Coach Taylor, and Mr. Wiltshire for helping our school achieve the highest state test scores in science for a third year in a row. Thanks science teachers for all your hard work and the administrators who support them in every way possible.