Old Article That Was Published About Me, Sports and the Gifted Program

04 Nov

By now you know I am working on Olympians Rising. I am doing it in addition to “my day job.”

Someone was asking me why I can relate to the Olympians Rising cause and the bill that was just signed to reform the Olympics. I was heavily involved in athletics. I played 17 sports and many years of basketball. I turned down playing college ball in favor of academic scholarships. But no doubt, my experience with one great long-term basketball coach had a tremendous impact on my character and who I am. I would not be the person I am today without him. When I had to transfer high schools, I learned what a bad coach was and I really didn’t want to play anymore. Those two coaches were dire opposites.

That one coach affected my life so much that at one time, I was in the National Federation of High School Coaches.

This article was once written about me when I was in high school. My name became Laura Kerbyson when I got married over 25 years ago. My maiden name was Laura Fleming.  I ran the article through an OCR program so you can read the article below.

I ran it through OCR software and here’s the article

Injury Doesn’t Stop Teens Study

By SUZAN ZINK Sentinel Reporter

Laura Fleming is probably the last person you’d expect to see taking her school lessons on a sofa in her living room.

Skilled in 17 different sports, the 15-year-old blonde didn’t even know home instruction existed until a knee injury made her eligible for the program in mid-October.

Warned by her doctor to stay off her feet for four weeks, Fleming learned of the homebound option from her guitar teacher at Parkersburg South High School, where she is a sophomore.

Her mother’s call to the Wood County Schools special education office produced a home tutor for Fleming and a chance for her to keep up with her classmates. The general rule is that if a student will be out of school for three weeks due to temporary or serious health problems, his parents may request instruction, either at home or in the hospital, said Sally White, who supervises the homebound program.

The 35 to 50 students who take home instruction each month range from those with long-term debilitating illnesses to those with broken arms or legs. Some have psychological problems or severe physical handicaps: Time spent in the program. can range from a few days to an entire school career. The idea behind the program is to keep studetnts from’ falling behind in their schoolwork, White said.

Homebound junior high and high school students receive two hours of instruction per major subject area each, week.

Fleming is pleased with progress she is maklng through the special program. For example,,in one two-hour session, she was able to cover four days of advanced algebra material. “I make progress so easily. You’re only doing what’s absolutely necessary,” said Fleming, adding that her tutor thinks she’ll earn a 4.0 average this grading period.

Fleming’s tutor, Judy Auch, is one of three homebound Instructors In the school system.

Auch enjoys teaching In the home setting. “It’s like a one-room school, only the school is their home,” She also likes the one-on-one contact with her homebound students and the challenge of teaching a week’s worth of material In one sitting. “Laura is really a challenge because she’s in the gifted program,” Auch said. She appreciates the extra work Involved with Fleming’s case, I however, because the practical experience ties in her graduate. work In gifted education.

The rate of progress made by homebound students depends heavily on the cooperation of the student’s regular classroom teachers. Auch says that cooperation varies widely. “It’s frustrating when sometimes we have to go back several times to get the student’s assignments,” she said. On the other hand, some classroom teachers actually go to the student’s home to tutor them In subjects for which no homebound instructors are available. That is the case with Fleming’s Algebra II teacher David Habeb makes weekly visits to maintain her progress In the course.

Housebound for more than a month, Fleming is looking forward to returning to school on Monday and resuming her activities, which include writing for the school news-paper. She Is also eager to begin work on a new magazine which will be published by students in the gifted program.

And, eventually, she plans to return to the sports that she loves. Fleming considers her experience In the homebound program valuable and wishes more students knew about it. “It’s not in the student handbook. I never knew It existed.”

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