Teachers Get 'All Shook Up' For New School Year

Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Photos by Beth Leftwich Elvis (a.k.a. Dr. Stan Curtis) gets the Marshall County teachers fired up for the new school year at their opening day in-service on Friday.

By Beth Leftwich

Special to The Tribune

Marshall County School System certified personnel attended a mandatory opening day in-service Friday, August 1st at Lewisburg Middle School and the 2008-2009 school year kicked off with a rousing performance by The King himself, Elvis!

Amid cheers and clapping, it became apparent the true identity of the Elvis impersonator was good-natured Dr. Stan Curtis, Director of Schools, who lip-synched "Suspicious Minds" to the delight of the nearly 400 teachers present in the auditorium. His entourage included backup singers Rhonda Poole, Nicole Hightower, and Heather Lodari from the Central Office.

On a serious note, Dr. Curtis encouraged the group to work together in the best interest of the children and not focus on competing against fellow schools in the county. He stressed that everyone is "Marshall County" and had the group chanting "We are Marshall" from the popular movie based on the Marshall University tragedy. He ended his speech with an emotional montage from the film.

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