Position: Sixth Grade Math Teacher
School: Princeton Middle School
School District: Mercer County Schools
City, State: Princeton, WV
Music that Describes Laiken
Laiken Lucas was nominated by Barbara Mills, a colleague.
"Ms. Lucas was my lifesaver this year as I was taking on teaching for the first time. Ms. Lucas showed me the ropes and helped with anything I asked all year long. She is like that for everyone that comes into her life," stated Mills.
Ms. Lucas loves each of her students as her own child and does everything she can to ensure they have everything they need to succeed. Sometimes this means she provides snacks when students are hungry, a shoulder to lean on, and an ear to listen to when needed. Ms. Lucas has even provided a hotel room for a student so they could attend the state robotics competition that she also helped coach. Occasionally, this also involves the practice of tough love. Ms. Lucas can always be relied upon to guide her students along a successful path, even when it necessitates gently sharing the honest realities concerning their behavior and efforts.
Ms. Lucas is also a leader willing to jump in to ensure everything happens for her kids. When a teacher heading up the end of the school year field trip transferred to another school, she jumped in to do all the last-minute preparations to ensure students could go on their trip. This work included budgeting, fundraising, organizing field trip permission forms, and bus and chaperon assignments for the whole school. It was a lot of work, and Ms. Lucas took it all on but was also humble enough to know she would need help. She reached out to the whole school and delegated jobs.
During another memorable event, the school organized a fundraiser centered around selling delectable pepperoni cheese rolls. Remarkably, the pre-orders for these savory treats surpassed 1700. Recognizing the significance of this endeavor, Ms. Lucas collaborated closely with administrators and fellow school staff, dedicating three days to their preparation. Not only did she commit her evenings and a precious weekend to crafting and distributing these delectable rolls, but she did so out of deep affection for her students. Understanding the hard work they had invested throughout the year in their academics, conduct, and fundraising efforts, Ms. Lucas wholeheartedly embraced the responsibility of ensuring they could seize this opportunity.
"Ms. Lucas is my friend, an amazing teacher, and a LifeChanger for anyone who happens to come into her life," stated Mills.