Meet your teacher: Lora Masterson

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Masterson

Masterson

Grade/subject/school: Promise Road Elementary, Wellness, Kindergarten through fifth grade

Special accomplishments/experiences: “I have been an elementary Wellness teacher for 30 years. I spent two years teaching in Yorktown before joining Noblesville Schools. My next 24 years of teaching took place at Forest Hill Elementary until the school closed in 2011. During my stay at Forest Hill, I also spent time at Conner, North and Hazel Dell, as specialists sometimes were needed to serve two buildings. Hinkle Creek was my home for one year as Promise Road was being built. Since its opening, I have enjoyed working with the Promise Road Panthers!”

Why you became a teacher: “I grew up having my father as a teacher in the Muncie schools. He taught Industrial Arts and coached football and wrestling. My elementary physical education teacher was my favorite teacher. I used to ride my bike to school to help Mr. Williamson set up the gym. I decided I wanted to become a teacher to inspire kids like my father, and Mr. Williamson had inspired me.”

Goals for students: “I have always believed the purpose of Physical Education (Wellness) should be to provide students with skills and knowledge needed to enjoy a physically active lifestyle. My goal is to teach students how to be healthy using a variety of strategies. I encourage students to pursue activities they enjoy, so being physically active is “fun.” Guiding students to use knowledge about making healthy choices and being fit will helps them to make good decisions as they go through school.”

Advice you’d give to parents: “I believe spending time and playing with your children is very important. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination and dexterity, as well as their physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. Play is essential to healthy brain development. Through play, children engage and interact in the world around them.”

What makes Noblesville Schools special: 

“The educational culture and environment is incredibly empowering. There are many opportunities to grow as an educator. Noblesville Schools believes in what is best for kids. I feel extremely fortunate to be a teacher in Noblesville.”

Something others might not know about you: 

“My running career began before Title IX. There were no girl teams for Cross Country when I began middle school. My school superintendent had to grant me permission to run with the Boys Cross Country Team. I competed on the team my seventh to ninth grade years. During seventh and eighth grade, I was the fastest “man” on the team. Today, I am proud to know that athletic opportunities exist for all students. Helping them achieve their personal best in all areas of Wellness is very important to me.”

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