Lynn Fallows: May's winner of 9Teachers Who Care award

4:19 PM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
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Fallows started teaching at the school when it opened six years ago. To many of her students, Fallows is a mentor, a role model and a friend.

"It is a difficult task to take a new school and build traditions from the ground up," said student Alina Sanders. "Lynn Fallows did just that. She has left a mark on this school."

Fallows was determined to have a leadership class at Prairie View. She was granted the OK from her supervisors. From there, she was determined to prove how impactful the class would be on students.

"Schools are in tough budget crunches right now. They can't afford to have fluffy classes that aren't doing anything. I didn't want it to be a fluffy class that could be cut."

"The first couple of years, I had one class," added Fallows. "Now I have three. Next year, the program is going to five classes because we have that many kids who have the wherewithal and desire to make Prairie View better... even better."

Prairie View Principal Chris Fiedler says the activities and campaigns that Fallows helps with are "too long to list." On top of Homecoming, school blood drives, teacher-appreciation days, Principal Fielder is most impressed with how PVHS hosted the statewide leadership conference, was designated a "No Place for Hate" high school by the Anti-Defamation League and chosen as a "Project UNIFY" school by Special Olympics.

"I know kids with specific disabilities, and I know I have to differentiate instruction," said Fallows who also teaches math to special-needs students. "I'm used to them not catching on as quickly. It's kind of like Student Council. You learn to do things on the fly. You try to find another way to do that math problem."

Fallows smiled when asked about the progress she sees in her students.

"They may still not like math but they can do it."

Her determination to help students of all abilities has sparked something throughout Prairie View.

"We had a special-needs kid who got elected to be Prom King," said Junior Gabe Hake. "I really believe that without Mrs. Fallows and all the cool programs we do.. I don't think our school would be as accepting as it is and be able to do something amazing like that."

Fallows is super busy with all the activities tied to the end of the school year. Perhaps, it is just as well because she doesn't have to think about how this is also the end of her career at Prairie View.

Fallows' husband is being transferred to Washington State.

"When Prairie View first opened, we were seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th grades. Our Seniors are the only ones who would have been here for six years.. as have I. I am leaving my baby, but I'm going to leave it in capable hands."

In these final days of the school year, Fallows makes a point to encourage her students daily.

"I say to them, this is your legacy and you're the ones who are going to have to continue to make it better. You know how to do it."

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Our stories featuring the honorees will pick up with the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

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