Debbie LaGrone

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Debbie LaGrone

Reading Lab Teacher

Debbie LaGrone

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My name is Debbie East LaGrone, CHS Class of 1970. I teach first grade reading in the Carthage Primary Reading Lab. I grew up in Carthage as the youngest of six children. I graduated from Carthage High School in 1970.After graduating; I attended Panola Jr. College from May 1970- August 1971. I then transferred to Stephen F. Austin graduating in May 1973 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in reading.  My teaching career started, August 1973, in Carthage, as a Kindergarten teacher, but I continued going to SFASU at night and during the summer, acquiring my Master's Degree in Elementary Education in December 1976.  I have taught kindergarten, first grade, and now am a reading teacher with thirty-six years experience. I had the opportunity to teach in two other school districts, DeSoto, Texas and Elysian Fields, Texas.
I am married to Killis LaGrone, CHS Class of 1971. He has worked for Luminant (formerly Texas Utilities) as Lead Environmental Specialist for thirty- three years.  We were blessed with two wonderful sons Riley Killis, CHS Class of 1995 and Nealan Mitchell, CHS Class of 1999. Both of our sons received their Bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M and their graduate degrees from the University of Texas. Riley and his wife Catherine live in Kyle, Texas and have two children, June Anne and Claire East. He works as an adjudication development specialist (trainer) for the Disability Determination Office of Social Security in Austin. Nealan and his wife Margaux live in Longview, Texas and have three children, Emily Susan, Caroline Elizabeth, and Carter Killis. Nealan has a dental practice in Longview, Texas.
Reading was difficult for me as a child; so I have an abundance of empathy for the children I teach in the lab. I think if I had been taught the way I am teaching, I would have been a much better reader. I never read for pleasure until after I started teaching reading. Now, I love to read!!!!! Teaching reading to first graders, in a lab environment, is the most rewarding of all my teaching experiences. My goal is to make reading easy for my students so that they will develop a love for reading; hopefully at an early age, not as an adult like me.
My favorite pastime is spending time with family. I love going to visit with my siblings, children and grandchildren. I enjoy reading (finally), going to the movies, crappie fishing, swimming, watching baseball, and camping (only in a travel trailer).