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"I don t know who's more excited, the students or the teachers," said Kari Miller, principal at Hillsboro.
Second-grade teacher Kaitlyn Nicholson is more excited than most, because Friday wasn't her first day of teaching this year...it was her first day of teaching ever.
"This is what I've wanted to do since I was a little girl," Nicholson said. "I couldn't picture myself doing anything else. I used to teach to my teddy bears and my brothers."
Fresh out of the University of Alabama's school of education, Nicholson turned down opportunities all over the southeast to come to Williamson county,
"I heard about Williamson County from everyone, even my professors at the University of Alabama who were telling me how wonderful Williamson County was," Nicholson said.
That growing reputation is partly because the Williamson County School District had the highest TCAP scores in the state last year
"We had some excellent scores," said Suzie Cooksey, who teaches 8th-grade language arts. "We kind of rocked the test. That was our whole theme for Hillsboro School last year was to rock the test and we did it."
While students and teachers expect to pick up exactly where they left off last year, this year has a few key changes that parents need to know about.
"This year, Williamson County has the great new BYOT program which is bring your own technology," Cooksey said.
For the first time, Williamson County students will be able to bring laptops, iPads, smart phones, and E-readers. Teachers plan to use them as tools, preparing them for the jobs of the future.
"I think it's wonderful because our goal as teachers is to make them successful in the future in actual careers," Nicholson said.
Friday, August 10 2012, 11:39 PM CDT
Victim's advocate now helps rehabilitate offenders
May 18, 2013 18:11 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Davidson County woman who says she used to hate offenders is now working to rehabilitate them.
Verna Wyatt has been a victim's advocate for more than two decades. She told The Tennessean that over time her focus began to shift toward preventing crime. She says she felt if victims could share their stories with offenders, it might help deter future criminal behavior.
Over time, she says her heart changed as she saw empathy, even tears, in the eyes of some offenders as they listened to how crimes impacted victims.
Now, Wyatt says she is spearheading more victim impact classes and organizing a statewide coalition of crime victims and survivors who can speak at correctional facilities about the impact that different crimes have had on their lives.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.