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Joplin East Middle School

Teacher With Secret Modeling Career Uses Newfound Attention To Buy Books For Students

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.17.2015 | Good News

This teacher is using his new fame to promote a very selfless cause. Samuel Pearce, 24, made headlines earlier this month when it was discovered t...

Scars From the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School

Randy Turner | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
Randy Turner

One of the things I never really said out loud until recently was how reluctant I was to return to teaching at Joplin East Middle School after the May 22, 2011, tornado.

Joplin Tornado Teaches True Meaning of School

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

It was just a building that was destroyed, one that had packed many memories into its two years, but just a building. The circumstances that brought us together were horrific, but what a wonderful school year.

My New Pacemaker: Some Teachers Will Do Anything to Get Out of State Testing

Randy Turner | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Later today, after my students have completed the second day of MAP testing, my big test will begin. I have faith that my eighth graders and I are going to excel.

Twist of Fate Makes Christmas Dance Symbol to Joplin Middle School Students

Randy Turner | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

The Christmas dance was another sign of the resilience that East Middle School students have shown after this year's hurricane.

Saying Goodbye to the Forgotten School

Randy Turner | Posted 01.01.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

During a recent teacher in-service day, staff members from Joplin East Middle School returned to the building that we called our own for the last two years for a farewell ceremony.

Sharing Stories After the Joplin Tornado

Randy Turner | Posted 11.26.2011 | Books
Randy Turner

During the four hours we were at Hastings Books in Joplin Saturday, we heard terrifying stories, some sad, some uplifting of the May 22 event that forever reshaped the lives of Joplin residents.

School Begins Today in Joplin

Randy Turner | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

The second I opened my car door, I could hear shouting, intermittent applause, and music, punctuated by the pounding of a bass drum.

These Are My Students; This Is My School

Randy Turner | Posted 10.14.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

The last two papers I put up did not look like the others. While the first 18 papers had been stored safely away in folders, the last two were on the Wall of Fame when the tornado hit.

The School Year That Never Ended

Randy Turner | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

For the seventh and eighth graders, the final gathering of this school year at Joplin East Middle School was the first opportunity they had to see their friends since the tornado.

A Teacher's Gift: Finding Hope Amidst The Rubble In Joplin

Randy Turner | Posted 08.11.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Despite the destruction that surrounded me, that collection of "Hi's" was enough to put the smile back on my face.

Death, Destruction Hit Joplin, Missouri

Randy Turner | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Those of us fortunate enough not to be in the direct path of the storm waited in the center of our darkened city, praying that loved ones somehow managed to remain safe in what reporters were describing as a scene from a war zone.