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Distinguished Schools - Locomotive Strong for Kids

Locomotive Strong for Kids is an approach to learning that combines the best of many programs, theories, and practices to wrap support around our learners to achieve success.  This presentation will share firsthand accounts from teachers as to how they implement these approaches on a daily basis in the classrooms and beyond.  We will explore the use of the Early Warning System as an early intervention and relationship building tool.  We will discuss in depth our STEAM program, an enrichment period and its importance in our schedule.  Administrators will discuss rebuilding academic confidence for struggling students through flexible scheduling as well as our non-traditional approach to dual credit course offerings as a means to build academic confidence and success.   Our session will be full of ideas that any school or teacher can implement with little to no cost and will provide opportunities to connect with teachers in the field directly.   

This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
Shawnda Zahara-Harris

This is my 26th year in Education. I am currently in my 5th year as Principal of Laurel High School.  12 years as a Middle School Teacher; 6 years preK-5 Administrator; 8 years High School Administrator.  My experience includes work on the Flathead and Fort Peck Reservations, Glasgow School district and Laurel School district in Montana as well as Denver Public Schools, Fort Lupton, and Rifle in Colorado.  My degrees include a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Policy Studies-DU, University of Denver Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in k-12 Reading and Science, University of Great Falls (renamed University of Providence-Great Falls 2017)


Nancy Robinson

I joined the Laurel HS staff in 2014.  I teach 9-12 English classes at LHS.  My educational credentials include a BA English, Montana State University-Billings MED Instructional Design, Western Governors University.  


Lisa Condon

I am in my 28th year of teaching, my 21st at Laurel High School. I am a graduate from Laurel High School, Class of 1986. I graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in Business Education and a minor in history in 1993. I earned my master's degree, also from Black Hills State University in 2010, in Technology Education. 


Wendi Graves

I have been teaching math for 9 years at the high school level.  I taught for three years in Greybull, WY and this is my sixth year teaching at LHS.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics from Montana Tech and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University - Billings.  I love teaching and interacting with students.  I also love sports and am coaching High School volleyball, basketball, and track this year.  I am married and have three children.