In this week's edition of Q&A, we visit Niangua schools and learn more about Elementary Principal Lori Allen.
Q: Do you have any pets?
Allen: I do. One dog and one cat
Q: Do you have a family?
A: I do; my husband and kids who have grown and flown away.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: My favorite would have to be the Montana Glacier National Park.
Q: What TV shows are you currently watching?
A: Other than football, I don't watch TV.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: I can twirl a baton -laughs- Other than that, I can not think of anything else.
Q: What led you to a career in education?
A: Honestly, I've always wanted to be a teacher and couldn't imagine doing anything else. That was until I substituted for one day. Then, I said, "Nope, I will never teach. Kids are crazy." But then I ended up coming back, so it was meant to be.
Q: What do you like about working in the school?
A: I love that two days are always different. Kids are always excited about anything new and love to learn. So that makes the job great.
Q: What is the best part of your day?
A: The good mornings and hugs when the kids come into school.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
A: For me, it is reading to traveling.
Q: Do you have a favorite book or genre?
A: Right now, we are doing One Book, One School. So everybody in our entire district is reading The One and Only Ivan.
Q: Do you have any advice for the younger generation?
A: Enjoy the journey. We focus so much on the end that we lose sight of being present and enjoying the moment.
Q: Do you have any retirement plans or a bucket list?
A: I do have a bucket list. I want to teach in Alaska for a year when I get done in Mo. I want to explore Alaska, which is the only way I could afford to stay there for an extended time.
Q: What is the one thing you are proud of professionally and/or personally?
A: Personally, my kids. Professionally, the kids. They are amazing. We often gripe that they are behind because of Covid. They have different skill sets. We have third graders that can troubleshoot your technology and get you on a Zoom call. That is something way different than what third graders used to have. Yes, they might be behind in some things, but these kids can adapt and overcome
Q: What is the one thing you can't live without?
A: Sweet Tea.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "Collect moments, not things."
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