by Lisa Tome
Now that her summer break has ended, Lauren Tidmore has built herself an oasis.
Tidmore, a fourth year English teacher at Elkton High School, is a floating teacher. That means she shares classroom space with others. So it's important that her work area is both stress-free and a place where she can get a lot of work done.
"I've been wanting to get in here since mid-July. That's when I start organizing and lesson planning," said Tidmore.
Tidmore is excited for school to start on Thursday.
"I've been planning the first day of school for two weeks. For the academics, I have to get to know the students. I want to combine learning and fun in a supportive, safe environment," she said.
Outside of school, Tidmore has been planning her outfit for the first day. "I plan to wear a black skirt and a business top with heels. But I know I won't last all day in those," she said.
Tidmore was putting ocean colors and a decorated palm tree in her office. She said she wants it to be a relaxing place where she wants to spend a lot of time. "For the first month of school, I will be here until 5 p.m. grading. I want to create a work-friendly environment," she added.
Elkton High custodian Dave Rose was putting the finishing touches on the school walls last week. Rose was working to paint the bottom half of a wall purple.
Head custodian Jimmy Ewing said he is relieved that the painting project was wrapping up.
Ewing said it's been a busy summer at Elkton High.
"We had the senior expo, teacher workshops, administrator workshops, sports stuff, summer schools, and the summer feeding program," said Ewing. That was while custodians were working to make the room ready for the new school year. "It is a challenge. I have four rooms to do (as of Thursday). We'll be done. But it's always a challenge," said Ewing. "The teachers started coming in. They aren't pushing us, but they want to get set up. We're ready. This is it."