Goble's classroom offers global experience

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By Janet Robb

CANNELTON - Teaching is a profession sometimes not given the recognition it deserves. Day in and day out teachers guide youth in the classroom, on the field, in clubs and even through community organizations not affiliated with the school.

Two weeks ago The Perry County News featured its first teacher in its Hometown Hero Award series and now adds another to its ranks. Evelyn Lasley nominated Joan Goble, teacher at Cannelton Elementary School, because "she cares about her students and is in the profession because she cares."

"I don't think I'm doing anything different from anyone I know," Goble said of her nomination. There's a whole bunch of other people who really deserve this honor, she continued.

The third-grade teacher credits all the good teachers she had as a child for becoming a teacher herself. "They made a big difference in my life," she said.

In addition to her teaching duties, Goble also sponsors the school's award-winning media club. She started it 10 years ago because she wanted the school to be active in technology. Since then, students have won numerous awards for their Web sites featuring history of the school and town or environmental issues. Students do much of the research for the site, she said, adding the Internet is the best way to get information out to people.

At the International Student Media Festival in California, where the students received an Excellence in Media Production Award for their latest project, Goble also received an award - one she didn't even realize she was up for. At first, Goble said, she didn't realize it was her at all because they kept mispronouncing her last name. Then it clicked, and she realized it was her, not someone else with a similar name.

To celebrate the honor, Principal Ginger Conrad declared one day at Cannelton Elementary School Joan Goble Day after her and the media club's return.

Goble, who is also on the Perry County Animal Shelter, We the Youth of Perry County and Perry County Courthouse Museum boards, reiterated that she doesn't feel like she does anything any different than most people in the county and that she's just doing what she does best.

To nominate someone for the Hometown Hero Award, send their name, telephone number and a few words on why you're nominating them to Hometown Heroes, The Perry County News, P.O. Box 309, Tell City, IN 47586.

Information may be e-mailed to lifestyles@perrycountynews.com.