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Mize raises ‘BAR’ for students at Laurel Mill Elementary

Franklin County Schools Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler continues to shine the spotlight on teachers and staff who raise the “BAR” for students by embodying the spirit of creating relationships that matter.

Dr. Schuhler recognized Laurel Mill Elementary’s Marla Mize on September 17th for the positive impact she has on the lives of her kindergarten students through the building of relationships that matter well beyond their first year in school.

“Relationships are about challenging students to be their personal best,” Schuhler said. “Ms. Mize is a great example of the ‘R’ we all strive for when we talk about raising the ‘BAR’ in our classrooms.”

Raising the BAR refers to the theme of B-Bell to Bell instruction, A-Alignment to Standards, and R-Relationships Matter.

Laurel Mill Elementary School Principal Genie Faulkner said the relationships built in kindergarten are crucial to making students feel safe and happy to be at school. The success Mize has had at building trusting relationships with her students and their parents is evident, Faulkner said.

“She attends their activities outside of school, such as dance recitals and ball games,” Faulkner added. “She has students who still come back to visit her and not just those who are older and in high school. She tracks her students’ successes and even attends their high school graduations.”

Congratulations Ms. Mize and thank you for what you do!

Three ladies are standing and smiling and holding a blue tshirt that reads Raising the Bar

From left to right: FCS Superintendent Rhonda Schuhler, LMES Kindergarten Teacher



A teacher holds a white puppet owl while a classroom of kindergarten students sit on the floor and watch Marla Mize and LMES Principal Genie Faulkner.