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November 28, 2017
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Lessons from Harvey for a First-Year Teacher [11/28/2017]

Creech Elementary School in Katy ISD — where first-year Baylor teacher Lucy Boe, BSEd ’17, was teaching — flooded from Hurricane Harvey a week after school started.

All teachers remember the first classroom they set up on their own — the carefully crafted bulletin boards, the books so lovingly chosen, the shared treasures from their own childhood. That’s exactly the kind of love and care that new Baylor graduate Lucy Boe, BSEd ’17, poured into her first classroom at Creech Elementary in Katy ISD.

“I had been a teacher for seven days when the hurricane hit,” Boe said. “We had no idea — I didn’t take anything home that night; I left everything plugged in.”

First-grade teacher Lucy Boe in her new classroom on the Cinco Ranch campus of the University of Houston.

It was days before she knew that her school had been filled with five feet of water from Hurricane Harvey, and Boe’s only immediate concerns were for her students.

“Even though we had only started school a week before, they were already family,” she said. “I saw my students on TV being taken from their homes in boats. I didn’t think about the school; I just thought about my students. I sent them an email that I was praying for them and asking what I could do to help.”

Over the next few days, every student family was accounted for. Then news about the damage to the school began to spread. A fellow teacher texted her a photo of the outside of the school, and an email came from the principal saying the water was not receding. “Then the school was on CNN,” she said. At some point, it all became a blur. Continue Reading →