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The 103rd congress named Pueblo Colorado
the "Home of Heroes"

because our city was the only one in the country with four living Medal of Honor recipients at the time.

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Parents please NO parking in the parent loop. We must keep a steady flow of traffic. If you need to park there is parking on both sides of the parent loop. Please watch for NO Parking areas in the loop in case of an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation.

Injury opened door to the classroom for Heroes teacher

Injury opened door to the classroom for Heroes teacher

BY JON POMPIA

THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Note: In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, this is the second in a series on local educators impacting students’ lives, often times without much fanfare.

Although education was not Yolonda Lawson’s first career choice, she could never see herself doing anything else.

“The kids ask me if I ever leave the school,” the sixth-grade math teacher at Heroes K-8 Academy said with a smile. “They think I live here.”

Long before she found her calling, Lawson was working in the medical field when she suffered an injury serious enoughto require rehabilitation and therapy.

“It was during vocal rehab that they wanted to find out what else I could do, something that was less demanding physically,” Lawson explained. “As it turned out, the injury was a blessing in disguise because it gave me time to think, to see what else I could do.”

As a youth pastor, Lawson had long heardthat she was indeed the stuff that dedicated teachers are made of.

“And I always loved working with kids,” Lawson said.

And so, at age 30, she enrolled at Pueblo Community College and began her journey to an eventual master’s degree and, to date, a 10-year career in teaching.

“I chose elementary education because I believe in making a difference early. As a youth pastor, I learned that sometimes it’s hard to instill something in 16- or 17-year-olds.

“And as it turned out, sixth grade needed me and I totally fell in love with sixth grade.”

In the classroom, Lawson is of the strict belief that “every student has the ability to learn. The key is finding out what that avenue for learning is.”

Working with children of all abilities and from varying circumstances has its particular challenges. But before learning can even begin, Lawson has to ensure her students are in the right frame of mind.

“It goes beyond teaching,” she explained. “We are here to help the students transition from home to school and that right there is often a struggle.”

Regardless of the outside factors at play, Lawson holds every one of her students to the same high standard: “Excellence in all things.”

It’s something she herself aspires to.

“I never look at the clock. Rather, I go by whether I achieved what I set out to achieve today. Did I make that happen? That’s my standard.”

By all accounts, she is making it happen.

“Ms. Lawson is respectful and a good teacher,” said Xavier Lucero, 12. “But she’s definitely strict. If you start acting up, though, she becomes the Hulk.

“But that’s only because she cares about us. And she makes math fun.”

“Yolonda is not only a leader among her middle- school peers but also among all staff,” said Principal Marne Autobee. “Her input is highly valued and she is an innovator, committed to seeing Heroes K-8 Academy succeed. She fully expects her students to perform the best that they can.”

“I can’t wait to get to work every day,” Lawson added. “I don’t have kids of my own so these are my kids. I am happy to be a part of their lives.”

Current Announcements

  • School Phone Parents we are asking all students to please use the school phone when calling home especially when your students is ill. Many times students are calling parents directly and office ...
    Posted May 23, 2016, 6:41 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Middle School Choir Concert & Orchestra Concert Thursday, May 26th-Middle School Choir Concert & Orchestra Concert. All students must be dressed up in black. Students must report to the band room at 5:30. Parents and students ...
    Posted May 23, 2016, 6:39 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • 8th Grade Class Picture Thursday, May 26th-8th Grade Class Picture. All 8th graders please be present on Thursday.
    Posted May 23, 2016, 6:37 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • 1st Grade Concert Tuesday, May 24th 1st Grade Concert at 6:00 pm. All students must report to the music room at 5:30. Students must dress up in spring colors. Parents and ...
    Posted May 23, 2016, 6:35 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Jeans Students just a quick reminder, if you are wearing jeans with rips in the front of your jeans please wear leggings underneath the jeans. Skin can't be shown.
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:51 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Tardy Parents we need your help......we are experiencing an excessive amount of tardies each morning. If you could please help us by ensuring your child arrives to school on time ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:49 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Students All Students must be off school grounds by 3:45 unless they are participating in a school sponsored activity. Any student found outside after 3:45 could face a ticket ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:43 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Boy scouts Any 1st-5th grade boy interested in joining boy scouts please see Mrs. Reily for an application. Meetings will begin at the end of April on Friday's after school ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:29 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Football Any 6th,7th or 8th grade boy interested in playing football in the fall registration is now open. You can register at www.pueblopal.org. There will be a brief ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:26 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Frisbee Club Any 6th,7th, 8th grade student interested in participating in the Ultimate Frisbee Club please Mr. Negri. Parents and Students must sign the waiver and consent form. Practices will be ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:19 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Art Fundrasier The elementary art program is hosting a Square 1 art fundraiser. Your student should be receiving a catalog. Parents you will have an opportunity to order any items with your ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:20 AM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Yearbooks To order yearbook for school year 2015-2016. Click on the Walsworth.  The cost is $ 20.00
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 12:43 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Food Students and Parents just a quick reminder food cannot be taken outside the cafeteria after lunchtime. All food needs to be consumed in the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 6:43 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Middle School Physical Education Middle school students that are enrolled in physical education, please make sure every Monday you have gym clothes to change into for the week.
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 6:38 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Parking at the school We wanted to inform our school community that law enforcement will be monitoring our schools throughout the day to address parking concerns. Parking violations can mainly be an issue before ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2016, 4:07 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Middle School Students Middle school students that are enrolled in physical education, please make sure every Monday you have gym clothes to change into for the week.
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 7:47 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Phone Calls On Saturdays, parents will receive phone calls if their child's grade falls below 60% in any class. The message will prompt the parent to review Parent Portal and/or ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 7:38 PM by HeroesK8 Academy
  • Trady Sweeps This week admin will be conducting tardy sweeps for middle school students. Instruction time is sacred and students need to get to classes on time. If a student is tardy ...
    Posted May 11, 2016, 9:28 AM by Joseph Sanches
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