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Dedicated New Craver Teacher Prefers Hands on Teaching
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Personable, well- educated, and dedicated Meredith Sparks is quite enthused about her new position at Craver Middle School. Just a few days into the school year, Sparks is already brimming with ideas and plans for her classes and students. Unflinching at already long work days, Sparks was looking forward to the parent night open house at Craver to get to know the student's families and the flavor of the community. She is jumping right in to get involved with the school; she has volunteered to run the gate at football games and is planning to try to get a College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies (CEEPS) program started at Craver. She teaches a medical detective class, which is a project class where the students use computers, do fingerprinting, identify DNA, and do a bit of bioengineering. She also teaches three sections of sixth grade earth science, and two sections of seventh grade life science. Classes range in size from eighteen to twenty-five students.

Sparks stated, "Every situation is unique. I used to do home visits to get to know my students and their families. I may see how the parents here feel about that. I want to do everything I can to show the families that we are on the same team. Communication is really important. It can be a challenge between what we say, what we intended to say, and what people hear, whether it is between students and teachers, teachers and parents, or teachers and administration."

Sparks, starting her first year at Craver ,already has fourteen years in education. She and her husband moved to Pueblo five years ago when her husband took a job at Colorado State University in the Civil Engineer, Technology, and Construction Management Department. She taught one year at Haff School, three years at McClelland School, and last year she taught fifth grade at North Mesa. Sparks enjoys exposing kids to new elements and watching them learn new things. She is happy to be at Craver because they offer more science than her previous job and she is able to do more "hands on" type projects.

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