Teacher's extra effort boosts IHS seniors

Teacher Kim Barlette's extra effort boosts IHS seniors
Posted on 05/14/2020

Pic of Barlette and her family 
Above: Kim Barlette, a middle school math intervention teacher, and her family. 

Unprecedented times call for unique ways to help students, especially the Class of 2020, a group that has endured a senior year unlike any other. That’s why Kim
Barlette, now a math intervention teacher at Iroquois Middle School, reached into her own archives to locate 18 letters she wrote to current IHS seniors who were in her third-grade class at Briarwood in 2011.

She copied their class picture, their “All About Me” page from that elementary yearbook and mailed those and the letter to IHS seniors. “I
sent the letters to 14 out of the 18 kids I could locate addresses for,” Barlette says. “Some kids moved out of district and I found their addresses and others I couldn't find – just a little something to let them know I'm thinking about them and feel bad about their situation.”

The gesture touched one parent so much that she shared, “We really appreciated that she held onto to these over the years and it was very special to look back at what our seniors said so long ago!” wrote
Robin French, mother of IHS senior Alexander “Dre” Williams. “She was both of my sons’ favorite teacher in the district.”

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