By Judith Roberts
LeJoyce Adams is about to begin her 15th year of teaching this fall, and for her, teaching has always been a desire because her joy comes from the students.
“I decided to go into teaching because of my passion for shaping the minds and lives of children,” Adams, who teaches second grade inclusion at Hillcrest Elementary, said. “Kids are all unique in their own way and are naturally inquisitive. I am driven to pour knowledge and life lessons into them. I continue to teach because it is so exciting. I get the wonderful opportunity to embrace new kids every year. It is so fulfilling.”
Adams is a double Lincoln Parish graduate with an elementary education certification from Grambling State and a special education certification from Louisiana Tech. Not only is she an educator by day, but she’s an author as well and has finished her second children’s book and is awaiting copyright. She plans to collaborate with fellow Hillcrest teacher and illustrator Anna Alexander and have the book completed by Thanksgiving.
“My favorite part about working at Hillcrest is the staff,” Adams said. “I am so blessed to work with the most incredible people every day.”
Adams said while on hard days, her coworkers — as well as coffee, prayer, and chocolate — keep her going, the good days are extra good.
“The best part of my job is when I see the ‘light’ in a student’s eyes after learning something new,” Adams said. “There is nothing like it.”
As summer wanes on and parents of new kindergarteners prepare to send their kids to school, Adams advises parents to develop beneficial relationships with the teachers.
“My advice to parents of kindergarteners would be to establish a relationship with your child’s teacher,” she said. “Do not be afraid to ask questions. Also, encourage your child every day. Make sure they get plenty of rest and lots of love.”
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