Who’s your star polisher? “Diondra Beck,” writes Sara Penny, a student at Mark Morris High School. Why? “She has been more than a math teacher for every one of her students, but especially me. … She listens to me and gives advice on absolutely everything … . She brightens my day or makes me laugh when she knows I’m down … . She creates an atmosphere in her classroom that makes me feel welcome … . In the past two and a half years she has been nothing short of a mother figure in my life, a mentor, a trusted adult, a friend and pretty much everything I’ve needed. She encourages me and has taught me countless life lessons — oh and the pythagorean theorem.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.