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Around Our Town...Outstanding Educators

Carol Alumbaugh

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11/01/2005 - "My entire life I've loved children...that's just sort of a given," says Carol Alumbaugh, preschool/kindergarten teacher at Restoration Church Academy. "It's not enough just to want to be an educator, you've got to love children."

Carol began her teaching experience by tutoring children in her home. She soon found she loved it and when her church started the academy she said, "I just had to teach!"

Carol went back to school to obtain her Elementary Education degree with an emphasis on early childhood development. She says she was inspired by her own third grade teacher, Ione Norton. Mrs. Norton was very loving, kind, and patient Bert and Ione Norton ran a small country school attended by many minorities most of whom came from migrant farm families. Carol was struck by the way the Nortons treated everyone with respect and kindness. "It was more than just ABC's and 123's. It was also life skills...how to be a friend. I learned from them that every person deserves and needs to be loved. It doesn't matter who they are."

Carol says her greatest reward as an educator is "to see the lightbulb come on in the children's eyes...oh yeah, they got it...and to see them grow and learn how to do those things that help one another." Her eyes sparkle and she radiates enthusiam as she talks about the children.

When asked to describe her greatest challenge as an educator Carol responds, "Teaching children at different levels I spread myself pretty thin sometimes."

Carol and her husband, Marvin, have been married 38 years. They met at church. "He was an usher and we were brand new. It was our first Sunday there. I turned to my mother and said 'That's the man I'm going to marry!'" Carol and Marvin have four boys, two of whom they adopted and they are proud grandparents of six grandsons and one granddaughter.

"Mrs. Alumbaugh is a dedicated and gifted teacher to our children," says Sandra Lutz, mother of Grace Lutz, pictured above with Carol and some other students. The children in Carol's classroom are all smiles and seem to be very fond of Carol.

We're grateful for you, Mrs. Alumbaugh, and the many other dedicated teachers who give of themselves daily to the children of our community. We applaud you.

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