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Grants will fund security projects in Harrison School District 2

ACT issues call-to-action after little progress in college, career readiness
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 20 hr ago

As in recent years, Colorado high school students fell short of the national ACT average test scores in all four subjects this year.

College...

STEM fair for military card ID holders slated for Saturday
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Aug 26, 2015

The 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Air and...

Public hearing on fate of Bates Elementary, proposed apartments near UCCS postponed
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Aug 25, 2015

The public hearing on an appeal by Cragmor residents who want to stop construction of a 621-bedroom apartment complex in the old Bates Elementary...

Three local college students win scholarships
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Air Academy High School graduate Nicholas Sammons, Mesa Ridge High School alumnus Lauren Holmes and Michelle Ihlefeldt, a Colorado Springs single...

Sponsored research funding increases for CU system
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Aug 21, 2015

Sponsored research funding at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs totaled $10.3 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, including $175,802...

2 Colorado Springs high schools make Newsweek's annual top 500 list
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Aug 20, 2015

Newsweek released on Wednesday its annual survey of the top 500 high schools in the country.

The national news magazine used a range of data...

Doherty High's annual run to benefit international adoptions seeking participants
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Aug 17, 2015

The Doherty High School Athletic Department is hosting a benefit 5-K run, in conjunction with a high school scrimmage of local teams, on Saturday at...

Local superintendent wins state award for his work
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Jed Bowman, superintendent of Woodland Park School District RE-1, has won the 2015 Colbert Cushing Award, which recognizes individuals who have made...

Girl Scouts of Colorado kicks off this year's recruiting campaign
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Girl Scouts of Colorado kicked off its recruitment campaign Monday for the 2015-16 school year.

Girl Scouting enables members to make new...

Raytheon to fund new traveling exhibit at the Discovery Center
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

STEM education in Colorado Springs will take a giant leap forward with a new commitment from Raytheon Co.

The defense contracting giant will...

Colorado College back on Top 10 ‘reefer madness’ list; other local college on 'Don't Inhale' list
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Colorado College, a private liberal arts school in Colorado Springs, is back among the Top 10 on Princeton Review’s “Reefer Madness” list, which...

Colorado Springs high school student receives national academic honor
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

The National Society of High School Scholars recently selected Matthew Keathley, a junior at Doherty High School, as a member of the organization,...

Three local graduates join Teach for America to work in high-poverty schools
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Aug 3, 2015

Teach for America, a national nonprofit that recruits college graduates and other professionals to work in schools in high poverty neighborhoods, has...

Early child education organization receives grant to fund new position
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Aug 3, 2015

Early Connections Learning Centers, formerly Child Nursery Centers, has received a $62,668 grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation to support...

Settlement reached in church/state dispute at Florence High School
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 30, 2015

In a settlement reached this week, Cowboy Church at Crossroads will no longer be able to use Florence High School in Fremont School District RE-2 for...

Application cycle opens for Pets in the Classroom grants
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The Pets in the Classroom grant program will start accepting applications Saturday for the 2015-2016 school year.

Pre-kindergarten through...

Homeschoolers can get discounts on computers, software
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers and software at the same wholesale pricing the nonprofit organization Notebooks for Students...

Volunteers to build new playground in Colorado Springs on Saturday
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Jul 24, 2015

More than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees and Colorado Springs residents will build a new playground at the El Pomar Boys & Girls Club, 805...

School renovation project wins award
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 23, 2015

The new community athletic field and renovated children’s playground at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park have been named one of 21 winners...

Urban Peak hosts annual fundraiser breakfast Wednesday to benefit homeless youth
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Urban Peak Colorado Springs, the region’s nonprofit serving homeless youth, is hosting its annual Off The Street breakfast fundraiser 7:30-8:30 a.m....

Colorado Springs-headquartered trades school to receive nine VISTA workers
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jul 20, 2015

The Career Building Academy has received an AmeriCorps grant for $108,000 per year for three years to fund nine VISTA workers. They will be based at...

National school choice group selects Colorado Springs mom as president
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jul 20, 2015

The board of PublicSchools.org, a national parent-led nonprofit organization that advocates for greater access and equitable funding for public...

Annual Peace Camp has openings for 1st-8th graders
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jul 20, 2015

There are still spaces available for first through eighth grade students to participate in Peace Camp, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July...

Local retired science educator takes on leadership role with national association
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 16, 2015

A retired science educator from Colorado Springs is the new president of the board of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest...

Family and consumer sciences teacher graduates from training program
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Alyssa Horlick, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Miami-Yoder High School in Miami-Yoder School District JT-60, recently graduated from the...

A few spots still left for Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids in Colorado
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

About 20 spots are still available for youth to sign up for the sixth annual Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, a one-day camp with hands-on instruction in...

College professor promoted to associate dean
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College has promoted Danen Jobe to the position of associate dean for humanities in the Communication, Humanities &...

Local school district earns excellence certificate for financial reporting
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded Coloraod Springs School District 11 a certificate of excellence in financial...

Governor appoints local woman to state student leaders board
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jul 14, 2015

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Josephine Benavidez is among the governor appointees to the Colorado Student Leaders Institute...

Laundrobot invention earns Colorado Springs middle school student big award
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Could you think of a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape society?

Johnathan Pollard, a 7th grader at The Classical...

Tips to avoid scholarship and student loan scams
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Recent high school graduates can be the target for unscrupulous scholarship offers and student loan scams. Here are some tips from the Colorado...

Colorado College alum nominated to lead nation's top science organization
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jul 6, 2015

A geophysicist who received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College is on track to become the next president of the National Academy...

Seven new trustees join Colorado College's governing board
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 2, 2015

Colorado College, a private liberal arts school in Colorado Springs, has named seven new members to its board of trustees. The new members, all...

Cleopatra the tortoise gets her prosthetic shell
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 2, 2015

Cleopatra, a rescued tortoise whose shell was damaged due to malnutrition, has received a 3-D printed prosthetic shell.

The Gazette told...

Local social studies teacher selected to attend technology conference
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jul 2, 2015

A sixth grade social studies teacher at Mountain Vista Community School, a K-8 school in Harrison School District 2, is one of 30 educators from...

Students take to the mountains to raise awareness about mental illness
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

A group of Fort Lewis College students and alumni has set a goal to climb every 14,000-foot peak in Colorado this summer, to raise awareness of...

Controversial education leader quits Texas job, plans to return to Colorado Springs
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Jun 24, 2015

A controversial education leader is returning to Colorado Springs.

Former Harrison School District 2 superintendent and 2004 Colorado U.S....

Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation to support restorative justice programs.

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Local school district receives award for finance reporting
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jun 23, 2015

The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance Certificate of Excellence award to the Academy School District 20's business...

Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that promotes school choice by helping low-income families pay for school uniforms,...

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 to participate in active shooter exercise
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in coordination with other agencies will conduct an active shooter exercise at Carson Middle School at 10...

Local school district board selects new member following a resignation
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Jun 10, 2015

The newest member of the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board of education is a former principal with 33 years of experience in the field.

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Timing error in SAT test books won't affect scores, College Board rules
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jun 9, 2015

After announcing that the June 6 SAT test contained a printing error in the test books administered in the United States, The College Board said...

Peyton Manning's kids' foundation donates $10,000 to Colorado Springs cause
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation has awarded Pikes Peak Community College a $10,000 grant for PPCC Kids College, a...

Local Teen Court executive elected president of statewide association
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jun 4, 2015

The assistant executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Teen Court has been elected president of the Colorado Teen Court Association.

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Three local teams place in Colorado state high school fishing championship
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jun 2, 2015

Three local teams placed in the top 10 in last weekend’s Colorado State High School Fishing Championship on Lake Pueblo. The two-person team event...

Six former Lewis-Palmer D-38 employees selected for Hall of Fame
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Jun 2, 2015

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument has selected the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates from many former employees who were nominated.

They...

Challenger middle schoolers come up short at national academic competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jun 1, 2015

Challenger Middle School students didn’t place at this year’s Junior National Academic Championship held recently in New Orleans. But they learned a...

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board to host informal community coffee
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Jun 1, 2015

The Lewis-Palmer board of education will host a community coffee, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

The event will be held in the Learning Center...

Knock-knock jokes needed for fundraiser to benefit Colorado families
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 28, 2015

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Who! Who, who? That’s what an owl says!

Does your child have a great knock-knock joke? There are a few more...

PPCC marketing campaign advances to national competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College’s “What You’ll Find Will Surprise You” marketing campaign has been selected to move on to the National Advertising...

Music video from Colorado Springs native and local cast hits the big time
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

A Colorado Springs native’s music video that was filmed at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus premiered this week on Vevo.com, an online...

Air Force Academy neighbor offers bird's-eye view of Thunderbirds' flyover
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

Location, location, location. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry is capitalizing on being a neighbor of the U.S. Air Force Academy by hosting...

School that teaches survivalist Stone Age living skills to hold open house
By: - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

Want to learn how to make fire out of friction, shoot a bow and arrow, weave a basket, tan a hide, build a shelter, preserve food, flintknapping and...

Deadline nearing for applications for law enforcement's first Teen Academy
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 21, 2015

There are still a few more days left to apply for the first annual Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy, sponsored by the Colorado Spring...

Colorado Lottery accepting applications for program and project funding
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 21, 2015

Starburst Award applications are being accepted for projects using Colorado Lottery funds.

Submissions are open to any entity that has...

English, math tests for 3-11th graders will be shorter next school year
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 21, 2015

Education commissioners and superintendents from 11 states and the District of Columbia, that are members of the Partnership for Assessment of...

They won! Special-needs prom duo capture students' hearts in Colorado Springs
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, May 18, 2015

A new king and queen reign at Sierra High School.

Seniors Johnny Daniel, who has cerebral palsy, and Paige Steffonich, who has Down syndrome,...

A first at UCCS: Student to graduate from college before high school
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, May 15, 2015

From UCCS’ spokesman Tom Hutton comes this news: A Colorado Springs teen will earn a bachelor’s degree on Friday from the University of Colorado at...

PPCC students help low-income tax filers get refunds
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, May 13, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College, along with the Denver-based Piton Foundation, provided free tax preparation for 775 low- to moderate-income families...

Middle school girl wins recent Math Olympiad for first time in its history
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, May 13, 2015

For the first time in the 32-year history of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a middle school...

Study: Teachers say they're stressed out
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

The American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.6 million educators, released on Tuesday the results of a survey on well-being, working conditions...

Deadline for students to enter Chipotle's essay contest about food nears
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a Cultivating Thought essay contest, a writing scholarship competition for students ages 13 to 18. Essays are due...

Secretary of Education to multi-task during this week's visit to Denver
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Denver Wednesday and Thursday to take part in a roundtable with Native youth, a basketball clinic,...

Doherty High students advance to national auto skills competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

Doherty High School automotive students Tyler Crist and Robert Espitia-Sanchez won the state title in the hands-on portion of the 2015 Ford/AAA...

Survey: Teen pregnancy still an important problem; Wednesday is 'National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy'
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 5, 2015

Wednesday is the 14th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and despite historic declines, 82 percent of adults say teen pregnancy remains...

Teacher Appreciation Week brings deals on school supplies at Staples
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 5, 2015

Colorado Springs Staples stores are observing Teacher Appreciation Week with exclusive discounts on classroom supplies now through Saturday.

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Blogger questions money school district spent on new logo
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Sat, May 2, 2015

David Kelley, a local blogger and parent in Academy School District 20, read a recent story in The Gazette about advanced graphics art students at...

Civics proficiency among 8th graders at 23 percent nationally
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Only 23 percent of eighth graders are proficient in civics, according to a report on civics education the federal government released Wednesday.

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Concert-goers choose new logo from four student designs
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Audience members at the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony’s concert on Sunday chose Pine Creek High School senior Lauren "Noelle" Beene’s design as its...

School takes top honors in recent Battle of the Books competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Fifth graders at Academy International Elementary, an International Baccalaureate World School in Academy School District 20, rock at reading.

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Work of Comcast volunteers on Saturday to benefit local school
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus in Colorado Springs School District 11 will benefit from the work of volunteers on Saturday during the company's...

Local student one of two statewide to win $10,000 scholarship from Comcast
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

Mitchell High School student Kae 'Vionna Cole has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

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LGBT students, allies to participate in Day of Silence Friday to prevent bullying
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Friday is the annual Day of Silence, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Thousands of students across the country...

PPCC launches 'kiss the pig' fundraiser
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is taking a unique approach to fundraising by employing the help of Diamond, a 45-pound...

PARCC officials look at shortening testing
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Facing possible withdrawal of another state, officials from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, said they are working...

Coronado High's robotics team gearing up for world championships
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado High School’s Robotics Team, is gearing up for the April 22-25 FIRST World championship, an international robotics...

Deadline nearing for arts scholarship
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The deadline for graduating Manitou Springs high school students to apply for the annual Commonwheel scholarship for excellence in the arts is April...

Three local teams take first in Winter Guard competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Three local teams won their divisions in the state Winter Guard competition held April 4 in Denver.

Rampart High School won the Scholastic A...

Colorado College student awarded Fulbright scholarship
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Annaliese Schroeder, a senior at Colorado College and the daughter of Neil and Sandy Schroeder of Colorado Springs, has been awarded a Fulbright...

College honor students tackle privacy, security in digital age during competition
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 7, 2015

The Honors Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 200 college honor students and faculty advisors at the Third Annual Rocky...

UCCS ranks third for best education value in state
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Mar 30, 2015

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ranked third in the state for getting the best bang for your buck among public universities in a...

Free online course from CU-Boulder explores water issues in the West
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

How has the scarcity of water in the West caused so much controversy? A free online course that begins Wednesday by experts at the University of...

Local Boy Scouts Council gets donation to help all interested youth join
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

The Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America has received a $50,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Scoutreach Program, which...

Local school district again makes top-10 list for technological advancements
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Colorado Springs School District 11 placed fourth of the top 10-ranked large school districts in the annual Digital School Districts...

Anti-test rally to be held at State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Mar 23, 2015

It’s Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean those who oppose excessive standardized testing in Colorado are taking time off.

Parents, students,...

No student data compromised during last week's computer system attack
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Last week's "denial of service attack" during standardized testing in Colorado Springs School District 11 did not result in any student information...

USAFA Cadet STEM Club on the move
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Club will spend Thursday at Pueblo's Central High School doing demonstrations in the fields of aeronautical...

Pi Day hits the trifecta on Saturday
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 13, 2015

March 14, known as Pi Day to math geeks or a day to eat pie for anyone who wants to celebrate the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle’s...

Two colleges in Colorado become nation's first to use PARCC test scores
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Two colleges in Colorado announced Monday that they will use scores from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers...

PPCC fire science technology faculty win awards from local fire department
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Faculty from Pikes Peak Community College’s Fire Science Technology department, who also are firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire Department,...

Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on...

Money Museum has free admission Saturday for adults, children
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., offers free admission for children and adults on the third Saturday of every month, including Feb. 21. The...

Applications being accepted from high school seniors for Peace Scholarships
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is accepting applications for its annual Peace Scholarship for high school seniors. The deadline is March...

Colorado teacher on Jeopardy finals at 4 p.m. today on KKTV
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Jennifer Giles, a third grade Bi-lingual teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, will compete on JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament two-day...

Students can show appreciation for bus drivers Friday during national campaign
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Feb 9, 2015

One of the most underappreciated people working in public schools has got to be the bus driver. Friday the 13th is the chance for students and...

Colorado's testing task force releases recommendations to lawmakers
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jan 29, 2015

A task force Colorado lawmakers appointed last year to study the state’s new lineup of standardized testing made recommendations...

For the love of reading: Two unique libraries open for elementary students
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Widefield School District 3 has opened two unique libraries at two elementary schools.

The Kingdom of Reading room opened Jan. 22 at Talbott...

Girls' STEM initiative launches program for local middle school students
By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Jan 29, 2015

The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative has launched a STEM program at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2. The goal: to teach...

Debbie Kelley has covered nearly every subject at The Gazette, including news, religion, business, real estate, the energy industry, health care, nonprofits, fashion, home and garden and county government. Her career also has encompassed writing greeting cards, speeches, annual reports, and technical trade and magazine articles. Her two kids have taught her a lot about education and life in general, including this kernel of wisdom, “Mom, not everything is a lesson.”