I am proud to say that Lonna Latimer is my younger sister. We grew up in the Oakland community so Lonna was thrilled when she began teaching kindergarten at the same school we attended. We were very blessed to having loving, caring parents and Lonna shared those same blessings with her students. Every day, she welcomed these young children by telling them how special they are, how much they mean to her and how lucky she was to be their teacher. It is without a doubt, her students learned their letters and numbers but she taught them so many more valuable life lessons of love and kindness. Her students knew what it felt like to be loved and she showed them by example how important it is to be kind to one another. The caring and compassion she gave to these young kindergartens was priceless! I'm certain she will be missed.
Lonna Latimer has been the most wonderful colleague and mentor. She constantly reaches out to everyone in the building, her students AND her colleagues. Mrs. Latimer remembers the support staff at every holiday with some momento of appreciation. She has positive words of encouragement for everyone she sees in the hall. I can't count the number of times she lifted me up with kind words and praise for what I do. She's about the most patient person I know. She has nurtured generations of young children with her calm ways and kind words. She met every child right where they were at and loved them exactly as they were. We will miss her terribly at State Street!
I was a para at State Street for several years and had the privilege of helping Mrs. Latimer in her classroom on occasion. Mrs. Latimer was passionate about her role and very creative in helping her students achieve their social and academic goals. I am sure she has touched the hearts of all the students she has had over the years and they will always remember her. She is a wonderful caring person and teacher!
Mrs Latimer is an amazing teacher and person! She is a blessing to everyone she comes in contact with! She touches your heart and pulls out the best from students to teachers!! We all need more Mrs Latimers! ??
I have known Mrs. Latimer for 7 years. I have only ever heard great things about her. I honestly have never seen her without a smile. She gives her love to students, parents and staff freely. She is 100% a blessing.
Lonna is hands down the best educator I have ever met. She is everything I aspire to be as a teacher and I genuinely never felt more supported or encouraged by a colleague and mentor before. She poured so much love into me throughout my first year of teaching and constantly reminded me that she believed in me. I can only hope to change half of the lives that she’s changed over her teaching career. I couldn’t be more genuine when saying she is the most deserving person and has the kindest heart. She gives and gives and is constantly lifting others to remind them of their full potential. I wouldn’t have survived my first year without her.
Mrs. Latimer is one of the most AMAZING teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Every child she has taught or came in contact with, were truly blessed to have her. Patient, kind, genuinely caring, are just a few of the words I would use to describe her. Even on the most difficult days , she would greet you with a smile and kind words while teaching and being engaged with her students!!! A true blessing for 501!!!
Mrs. Latimer is the most amazing lady ever! She is as genuine as they come. She doesn’t just tell you that she cares, she shows it in everything she does. She is very welcoming and makes the children feel absolutely and completely comfortable and at home. She is such a calm and patient teacher. We love her and are sad our year with her was cut short! I don’t think I’ll ever meet another teacher as amazing as this wonderful woman!
I student taught with Mrs.Latimer during her last year at State Street. With it being her final year, she could have turned down the responsibility of a student teacher, but instead welcomed me with open arms. Mrs. Latimer is the kindest, most genuine person I've ever known. She has a heart for service and has dedicated her life to serving the community she grew up in. Every day she let's her students and all staff know how much she loves them, appreciates their hard work, and talks about how proud she is to serve the Oakland Community. She has taught multi generations who all come to visit her each year, and who request her as a teacher for their own children. She has been a mentor to so many educators and students. There isn't a day that goes by that she isn't pouring into our Oakland Community and our school. She was the only person in her family who graduated from college and has always understood the opportunities given to her as a result of getting her teaching degree. I cannot ever think of State Street Elementary without thinking of Mrs. Latimer. She truly has a servant's heart and any one who has ever had the privilege to know her is a better person for it.
Mrs. Latimer taught my great niece Nev two years ago. Nev loves Mrs. Latimer! Nev loved Kindergarten. "Mrs. Latimer is the best! I'm so glad she is my teacher. I'm blessed." I'm very glad Nev was in Mrs. Latimer's classroom, too. Mrs. Latimer truly is the best!
Ms. Latimer is an extraordinary example for her students. I am a physical therapist for the district and jump between many buildings. Ms. Latimer has made me feel welcome at State Street from day 1. She makes an effort to gift the relate service team something each holiday, letting the kids give them to us. She shows so much love to her students! I aspire to spread kindness like she does. What a truly great person!
Mrs Latimer has served hundreds of students, families, and staff members. Her service to State Street is multigenerational as she ended her career teaching the sons and daughters of her own former students. She is positive, uplifting, and motivating to each person she interacts with on a daily basis. Oakland and the Topeka community is lucky to have experienced her as such an influential teacher and professional.