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Page 2 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, December 3, 2015 licall B0yd Named Natchez-Adams Co. Spotlight Teacher Boost Federal Cancer Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew O. Lewis ....................................... Publisher/Editor Lili R. Lewis ...................... Associate Editor/Adv. Manager Frances C. Devening ......................................... Typesetter Kathleen Geter Daly ..................... . .................. Bookkeeper THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN (USPS No. 462-260) is published weekly on Thursdays. Subscriptions: $28.00 per year in Wilkinson County, $30.00 per year outside Wilkinson County & in Miss., and $32.00 per year outside Mississippi. 50 per copy. Office located 425 Depot Street, Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: wrepublican @bellsouth.net. Periodicals Post- age Paid at Woodville, MS 39669. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN P.O. Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669-0696. A column by Rev. Bobby ThornhiIl, Former Pastor Centreville & White's Chapel United Methodist Churches "And there is no crea- ture hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." He- brews 4:13 (NKJV) This verse, perhaps like no other, speaks to us with a terrible finality of the sovereignty of God. All things, all creatures must give account to God; no one is exempt from this ac- countability, from the least to the greatest we are all going to stand before our Creator and give an ac- count of our lives. It is this audience with Him that divulge our innermost thoughts and attitudes (sinful though they be) be- fore the God Who created us and commanded that we be holy as He is holy. The writer of Hebrews states plainly that this is not to be a pleasant ex- perience; "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (10:31) Believers in Jesus Christ have the assurance that beyond this accounting waits eternity with Him. Unbelievers have the same assurance that eternity without God awaits them. Nothing can keep us from this Day of Judgment; not the worship of false gods, not professed atheism, not adherence to any denomi- national doctrine, no one is fills the wise with dread; . hidden from His sight. The not because we are fear- ful of being damned (if we trust Him as Lord and Savior); rather because we must reveal ourselves completely before a Holy and Perfect God. We must One before Whom we must give account stands ready; of that there is no doubt. Am I ready is the ques- tion we must all answer for ourselves. Am I, are you, ready to meet God? Research Funding None of us is more than one degree from someone with cancer, whether it's a friend, family or ourselves directly. There is perhaps no better way for Congress to demonstrate support for the fight against cancer than by funding that fight. Each dollar Congress cuts from the National In- stitutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute budgets puts us one step further away from offering hope to the lives of so many Americans. Right now, not only are advancements in current research potentially being derailed, but we are in real danger of turning back the clock by nearly a decade and losing the progress we've already made. Over the next few weeks, Congress will have an op- portunity to boost federal funding for cancer research. I hope Congress will help make cancer a national pri- ority by voting for a $3 bil- lion dollar increase for NIH next year. This bold step will show all Americans, more than 15 million of whom are cancer survivors, that Congress stands with them in their fight against cancer. PEARL W. CARTER Vicksburg, MS 39180 Volunteer, American Can- cer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) HERRING LANE READER THANKS 1ST DISTRICT CREW All offers are subject to credit approval, Valid credit or debit card is required to subscribe, Offer is only valid to new subscribers for residential satellite TV service, Congratulations and thanks to the 1st District road crew for a job well done. Special thanks to Super- visor Wil Seal and his trac- tor operator, Curt Hughes, for getting Herring Lane cleaned up. The residents of Herring Lane can now get home without scratching their ve- hicles. Regards, Linda Johnson 1 I 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I % t I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I t o0 O W m Please send me a one-year subscription to The Woodville Republican Yes, I want to subscribe! I:] Renew my subscription! Date: Name: Address: I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I City: i i State: Zip: n u Phone: n i i i i i i i i i i The Woodville Republican n P.O. Box 696 * Woodvitle, MS 39669 i I ,P S i m m i | m i i i m m m m mm m m i i i ml TEACHER HONORED -- Natchez-Adams County School District Public Relations Coordinator Steven Richardson, Teacher Spotlight Linda Ferguson Boyd, of Woodville and Morgantown Leadership Acad- emy Principal Kim Langston. -- Submitted Photo One could call the Nat- chez-Adams County School District's Teacher Spotlight for this week an internation- al superstar who deserves to be in the spotlight: Mrs. Lin- da Ferguson Boyd of Wood- ville, a special education-in- clusion teacher at Morgan- town Leadership Academy in Natchez, has travelled the world making the same huge impact on" special education children as at Morgantown. It is a calling on her life, and her work drew this week's teacher spotlight. Boyd brings experience from being an alternative school director in West Fe- liciana Parish and as a cur- rent school board member of the Wilkinson County School District. She worked extensively with special pop- ulations, or special education students in Europe, Canada, Germany, Spain, and Paris, back in the States in Hawaii and even closer in Fayette as a student teacher. "I think this is God's call- ing for me," Boyd said. "I've been doing this 20 plus years. I still enjoy it. When I stop enjoying it, then I will retire." Boyd has a bachelor's in special education, mas- ter's in special education, and a Plus 30 in administra- tion. From finding grandpar- ents for children during Grandparents' Day at her school to rewarding chil- dren from the blue '~rrea- sure Box," Boyd is always coming up with something fascinating for the students. She definitely is making her mark at Morgantown. Today, students will run to Boyd's class to show her their progress reports in hopes of meeting her expectation of a C or higher. If they meet it, they get a big snack from the Treasure Box, a concept Boyd started in West Felici- ann. "So it's an incentive for you to continue to work hard and get good grades. It's re- ally the 8th grade because that is the grade I'm servic- ing now but I may give to the 7th or 6th grade." Boyd is responsible for nine students, eight with Morgantown Leadership and one with Morgantown Col- lege Prep. She accompanies these students to their class- es and helps ensure they are "included" in the lessons of general education students. History class is a personal favorite of Boyd. "I really en- joy history. With my knowl- edge from traveling, I have contributed quite a bit to his- tory. Even in language arts, we talked about Canada at the beginning of the year. I lived in Canada, so I brought artifacts to show the chil- dren. Co-teaching is part of what inclusion teachers are supposed to do, so with my wealth of experience, I think I fit in really well in that position." However, it does not mat- ter what are Boyd's job re- sponsibilities. "I just pitch in where I'm needed." For Boyd, her perspective is helping children. "I want to also help the individuals who are in that child's life. That's a Godsend for me. If there is a need for any in- dividual, and I see it, I help them. It doesn't matter. Just say, if my principal is absent, and there is a need to clear hallway congestion, if I'm there, I'm going to help move the students along." Boyd was a military wife ai~r graduating from Alcorn State University. She paid a visit to her sister's home in E1 Paso, Texas. There, she found her future mili- tary husband of 28 years. He is now deceased, but left behind a son to cherish. An- other son passed away five years before her husband. Despite the hard losses, Boyd wins every day with her son and other inclusion students like her son. "Each day, my goal is to help at least one child have a good day and be successfifl and have a smile when they get on the bus to go home," Boyd said. Not only does she get those smiles from the chil- dren but also the principal and others when their days are challenging. She sneaks '%apples" on their desks to brighten their day. "I just feel like everyone working in a school district should be a family," Boyd of- fered. "One parent out here, I had a.m. car duty, and she's the principal at the Freshman Academy, and she said to me, 'It is just something about you when I drop my son off. I just feel so relieved. It's just that smile you give in the morn- ing." This is what makes a family. Boyd's biggest goal is to make a student feel impor- tant. "I want to make them feel like they can do and that they will do. I want them to feel that whatever they do is important," she said. Just when one would think a home visit is "a thing of the past," Boyd is the one who brings it back. She vis- ited a student's house since the year started. This is not required. Boyd also is active with her church. She is the presi- dent of the Usher Board. "I always remember what one of the ushers told me years ago; she's dead now. ~/ou do your best, what is expected of you and what God expects of you, and everything else will fall in place.' And that's true," Boyd said. Everything continues to fall in place for Boyd, despite her having sec- ond thoughts about being moved from Natchez High last year to Morgantown, sadly leaving her son there. "But this is where God wanted me," Boyd positive- ly stated. Apparently, Boyd's pur- pose at Morgantown con- tinues to show up and show out. Five of her nine in- clusion students in a class shared with general educa- tion students helped take that class to the top among all of a teacher's classes with a 55 percent growth rate. "That is making students feel important," Boyd said. It also is a testament of Boyd's hard work to get her students to levels many thought were not possible. When it comes to disci- plining her students, Boyd has an answer for that. "If they get put out of class, I tell them that 'we are not going to write a referral, we are just going to call your parents.' I called a parent on yesterday and asked her to just talk to her child for me. He had a better day today." Her Principal Kim Langs- ton does not either. "We are blessed to have her on our team," Langston said. Boyd is truly thankful for this spotlight honor as she cannot recall ever seeing a special education teacher being recognized for his or her work in her years of teaching across the world. Often, accord- ing to Boyd, these teachers are left out. Well, Boyd's recognition may be that much needed "light" on special education. whether it is or not, Boyd will continue to be the great example of making a group of historically isolated stu- dents gain the importance they deserve. "I am willing to meet them where they are and get them through it all," she said. CUnited ount Gibson Realty and Land Co. SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI'S LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS timberland hunting land residential commercial recreational www.gibsonrealtyms.com Slade Priest, REALTOR 601-888-0094 Melissa Field, REALTOR 601-467-1070 Scott Lindsey, REALTOR, ALE, Forester 601-248-3561