“A legend, amazing, love, kind...” these are just a few words that have been commented on a photo I recently uploaded on social media of Laura Elms, a Lake View High School teacher.

Mrs. Elms
Interviewing Mrs. Elms in her new classroom.
Cody Broadway

Elms never taught me, but she has taught thousands of San Angeloans through the years.

“I’ve taught around 5,000 students,” Mrs. Elms said when asked about the impact she has had on local students. “Thankfully, I have never taught math, but it has to be around 4 to 5,000 students.”

One of those students happens to be my wife, Cassandra Broadway. She is the one that turned me on to the story nearly a year ago.

“Everyone knows her.” Cassandra Broadway, former Lake View student, said. “She is a part of what makes Lake View so special”.

After meeting Mrs. Elms myself and seeing what others had to say about her, I would agree. She truly is someone special.

“Students used to have chalk and chalkboards at their desk, that’s not the case today.” Elms said when asked about how things have changed through the years. “Yes, children have changed, but the times have changed also.”

During the interview with Mrs. Elms, I couldn’t help but notice the joy she had when talking about her past students. Her face glowing when mentioning all of the wonderful things her students are doing today.

“Some are successful business leaders in our community, I had a Harvard grad, and some are even teaching today,” Mrs. Elms said.

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Laura Elms first stepped foot inside a classroom as an educator in 1968.
Laura Elms

Forty-eight years is a long time doing anything, and she has no plans on stopping anytime soon.

“As long as these young teachers around me can help me keep up with the technology, I’ll keep going!” Mrs. Elms said.

At the end of the interview she told me her class motto, “If you’re going to do anything, be the best at what you do!” and Mrs. Elms you’re one of the best!