Eisenhower Elementary | Fifth Grade
My name is Laura Poe. I was born and raised right here in North Platte. I attended McDonald Elementary School, Adams Middle School, and North Platte High School, graduating in 1999. I received an Associate’s Degree from Mid-Plains Community College in 2001. I also attended Boise State University and Chadron State College for my Bachelor’s Degree, graduating in 2004. I was able to student teach here in North Platte at Washington Elementary and Lincoln Elementary Schools. I then continued on with my Master’s Degree from Doane College in 2013.
I started my teaching career in 2005 as a teacher for Head Start in North Platte. I taught there for three years before moving to Nampa, Idaho. We lived there a short time, and I was already back subbing for North Platte Public School during part of the 2008-2009 school year. I was then hired by North Platte Public Schools as a 6th grade teacher at Lake Maloney School. That was the last year the Lake Maloney School still went through 6th grade, and I then transferred to Eisenhower Elementary School where I taught 4th grade for two years. I then moved up to 5th grade where I am currently teaching.
I was married in August of 2003 to Russ Poe. We have lived in North Platte our entire marriage other than about a half a year span in 2008 when we lived in Nampa, Idaho. Russ was hired onto the North Platte Police Department in 2002 as an officer. He currently still works there as an Investigator. We welcomed our beautiful daughter, Rylee, in April of 2016. We also enjoy our full of energy pug mix, Butters.
I didn’t know how much that teaching has been a part of my blood until after I became a teacher. I’ve always missed kids whenever I wasn’t babysitting or working at the daycare. I knew that I needed to be with them in some way. I followed my older sister into the teaching profession. Around the time I was deciding my future profession, my mother also became a teacher. She started teaching nursing as she is a Registered Nurse. I never thought of my grandmother as being a teacher, but she was also one. It was many years ago in a one room school house. I am comfortable where I am and I enjoy working with the various children who come through my room every year. Seeing them change and grow over the years will never get old.