When John R. Park came to Draper in the 1800s as one of the area’s first teachers, he couldn’t have known that more than a century later a middle school would be built in the city and named in his behalf. But when community members considered what to name the first middle school to be built in Draper, they wanted to acknowledge the legacy of Park, who represented a dedication to education and innovation in the tiny farming town. Land for the school, subsequently named Draper Park Middle, had already been purchased back in 1994. A $250 bond approved by voters in 2010 made it possible for the long-awaited school become a reality. The school, with its cutting-edge designs, features an abundance of natural light; a 700-seat state-of-the-art auditorium; expanded cafeteria and kitchen; three academic wings with high-tech classrooms; a gymnasium with two full courts, 12 basketball hoops, two large locker rooms, and an elevated indoor running track; and a fully integrated computer suite and media center with a green-screen TV production studio.
If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added: “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!
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