Why I Teach: ‘Every day is a rewarding challenge’

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Greenfield School teacher Laura Leslie Crudup is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Current position: Sixth-grade math teacher and seventh-grade language arts/reading

Total years teaching: 38 years at Greenfield, seven years Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, two years DeKalb County, Georgia, for a total of 47 years.

Colleges attended: St. Mary’s Junior College, associate degree; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bachelor’s degree.

Favorite Quote or Favorite Book: I enjoy reading and tend to gravitate to historical fiction. My favorite book that I read this summer was “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly. As I read, I felt I was going through the trials and tribulations of these three main characters from different parts of the world during World War II. It was an exciting read. For student books, some of my favorites are “The Prince and the Pauper,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Over the years there have been many special books.

Other interesting facts: After years of travel with my son for competitive tennis and watching countless Greenfield School tennis matches, I am humbled that the new Greenfield tennis facility is being named the Laura Leslie Crudup Tennis Complex. This means so much to me because Greenfield has meant so much to my family and me over the years.

Why I teach: Every day teaching is a rewarding challenge. There is nothing more special than guiding students as they accomplish difficult tasks, reaching and surpassing academic goals. In my middle school Community Service Club, I see students organize, collect and deliver huge amounts of food for the Community Soup Kitchen of Wilson. The joy of giving back to our community is evident in the expression on each face as they load and then unload the buses — yes, they are exhausted, but happy. It is so rewarding to be part of activities like this and to work with students who enjoy being challenged.