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Volume 74 | SEPTEMBER 2021 | Number 9
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RM | PERSPECTIVES
More than a teacher
by Caleb Jones
cjones@amec.coop
T
his week my kids
got postcards telling
them who their teacher
would be for the
coming school year. It took
me right back to my days as
a Clarksburg C-2 Bulldog.
My teacher for most of my
formative years was Nancy
Hartman, who had a huge
influence on my life. Between
her and my mom, who was
also a teacher, I learned how
important it was to have a
good education.
I also learned - the hard
way - that the most important
part of learning was to
be in your seat when the bell
rang. It may sound silly, but
Mrs. Hartman taught me that
if you wanted to learn, you first had to
show up.
My grade school teacher Nancy Hartman could have
taught anywhere but chose to teach at tiny Clarksburg.
While her job often looked more
like wrangling a pack of wild animals
than teaching, she was able to do this
with such a generous heart that every
kid felt special. It was quite clear that
her goal in life was to see her students
achieve great things in and out of the
classroom.
Most likely a teacher like Mrs. Hartman,
who earned a master's degree in
education from the University of Central
Missouri, could have taught at a
bigger school and made more money.
Instead, she chose to spend her entire
teaching career at a small rural school
where some of the class sizes, like
mine, were no bigger than eight.
Like most of the faculty at a small
school like Clarksburg, Mrs. Hartman
was more than a teacher. She made
sure my buddy, Justin, didn't get in
trouble when he rode his horse to
school. She held our hands when we
were huddled in the hallway during
a tornado. She had us write letters
to our future selves to be opened on
graduation day. When my mom died,
she and some other teachers set up a
scholarship fund in her name.
I still remember the hugs she
handed out to the kids at Clarksburg.
Looking back, I suspect those
were the only hugs some of the kids
ever got. I was heartbroken when she
passed away a year ago this month,
but I'll never forget the life lessons she
taught me.
It was no surprise that her kids,
Robb and Nicole, now work in the
education field. Recently I learned my
teacher's husband, Steve, works for
Central Electric Power Cooperative.
This small-world moment didn't surprise
me. Electric co-ops are staffed
by people with a passion for what they
do, just like my teacher.
The people who work in these small
country schools across Missouri are
the same type of people who work at
your local electric co-op. They love
what they do - helping build the
future of rural Missouri.
It's this passion that sets electric
cooperatives apart from the other
electric utilities in the state. Co-ops
are small enough to know you, but
big enough to ensure you have all the
electricity you need, when you need it.
Caleb is the executive vice president
and CEO of the Association of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives and a member of
Boone Electric Cooperative.
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