STANFORD, KY – January 10th, 2020
The impact a teacher can make on a student and a school can be very powerful. This has proven to be the case this year at Stanford Elementary.
Mrs. Susan Johnson is in her 27th year as a teacher for Lincoln County Schools. She has taught at Broughtontown, Kings Mountain and (currently) Stanford Elementary. She has undoubtedly made an impact on hundreds of students and colleagues during her 27-year career in the district and this year she has been able to see her impact first hand.
This past September Mrs. Johnson was diagnosed with breast cancer, just a few short weeks into her 27th year of her career. Shortly after being diagnosed, Mrs. Johnson started chemo treatments. Obviously, she has not been able to teach, and her presence has been dearly missed at the school.
Stanford Elementary staff and students decided they were going to help Mrs. Johnson fight the battle against cancer. All staff members wore pink shirts that read “No One Fights Alone.” Fourth grade students decided to wear pink on Mondays to show support for their teacher that they missed seeing. Students also were given the opportunity to hang breast cancer awareness ribbons in the school and add the name of a person they personally knew that may have been affected by cancer. There was a banner hung in the hallway of the 4th grade classrooms in support of Mrs. Johnson. The Stanford PTO made signs of encouragement to display.
The support shown has been remarkable. But, for one student, this was not enough. Lawryn Stevens is a 4th grade student in Mrs. Johnson’s homeroom. Lawryn learned that Mrs. Johnson would likely lose her hair because of the chemo treatments and decided that she wanted to shave her hair off too in support of her teacher. Lawryn carried through with her decision and shaved her hair off. This was quite the bold move for a 4th grade girl, and all because of the impact her teacher had made in her life! This was her way to give back and support her teacher. (Pictured: Lawryn shaved her hair off and wore a toboggan as it grew back.)
Mrs. Johnson has visited her students a few times, once even wearing a wig with a pink ponytail. She has finished her chemo treatments and is scheduled for surgery in February. She hopes to be able to return to school in March of this year.