by: Photo By Debbie Lyons - Culver teachers Kara Bailey and Laura Sloan.

   By Debbie Lyons
   Culver correspondent
   Culver Elementary School welcomes two new teachers this year: Laura Sloan, fourth grade, and Kara Bailey, kindergarten.
   Growing up in Grants Pass, Sloan graduated in 2002 from Southern Oregon University. She holds a bachelor of science degree in geography and master of arts in teaching. Following graduation, she moved to Southern Californa for four years then moved to Central Oregon in June of this year.
   She has taught one year of second grade and this is her fourth year as a fourth grade teacher.
   "I love Central Oregon. Everyone has been so welcoming and I have a fantastic group of students," she commented. "I hope to settle in at Culver and get to know all of the students and families for years to come."
   Her hobbies are snow skiing and going boating. She also enjoys scrapbooking with friends. She will be getting married in June 2007; so she has a busy year of planning ahead of her.
   Bailey grew up in Sisters and went to college in Salem. She has a bachelor of science degree in early childhood/elementary education from Corban College, and is currently working on her reading endorsement from George Fox College.
   Bailey got married and moved to Redmond then recently bought a house in Madras where she currently lives.
   "Having grown up here, I love the weather and being able to see the mountains. People forget, some people don't get to see mountains and grass and also never see the stars," she said.
   One of her teaching goals is to manage her room in a way that allows all learning styles to be met.
   Her personal interests include reading, outdoor activities, soccer, skiing and golfing. She is interested in scrapbooking but hasn't started yet as she has lots of pictures to put into books.
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