A One Class At A Time winner's story

Out with the "old school," in with the new

By Anna Yee

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM CDT

GOODFIELD, Ill. -- Lynette Bachman teaches at both Goodfield and Congerville Elementary Schools.

She's the reading specialist.

"It's something that we're going to do every day of our lives," said Bachman, "and so I want them to be motivated by it, to want it, to have that yearning to learn more, to always find out more information. Reading is a good way to do that, and I think we do that with our kids."

But it's getting harder to do with outdated materials.

Mrs. Bachman teaches with a program that uses cassette tapes.

"A lot of the cassette tapes don't work anymore," said Bachman, "and then I'm finding and issue the individual cassette players and headphones. Those are hard to find, and I have several that don't work anymore."

She'll use the grant to buy CD's for all reading levels, along with new CD players and headphones.

Mrs. Bachman says keeping the reading and academic curricula going strong will give these small schools a title that's hard to forget.

"I think we've been on "exceeds expectations" on ISAT for the last several years," said Bachman. "We're always listed from Chicago as top schools, little Goodfield and little Congerville Elementary... It's just small little, quaint little schools, where you'd never dream that such amazing things are happening."