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"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

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Maddox Raph
Monica Conover is a Spanish teacher at LHS. She will be taking a sabbatical from teaching.

Monica Conover has been a teacher at LHS since 2014. She began as a substitute for a year and since then has commanded her own classroom for eight years. Conover will be going on a trip, away from LHS, to two different Spanish-speaking countries with her family over the course of six months and has many plans for herself and for the future.
“A couple things that I would like to get out of this trip is connecting with my family and seeing them use their Spanish, especially my daughters who have been in the Spanish Immersion program,” said Conover. “I would like them to see why they are learning Spanish, and have them learn about the different cultures.”
Conover is originally from Mexico and within the following months of her revisiting Mexico City she will also be visiting Alicante, Spain.
“It’s great because I will be on the San Juan Beach, and staying with one of my former exchange students from many years ago,” said Conover.
Along with enjoying time on the beach, she will spend a lot of this trip reading Spanish literature and working on her own romance novel with a feminist angle. She recently received her diploma in creative writing from one of the most prestigious schools in Mexico, Escuela SOGEM, and she aims to potentially become a volunteer or assistant in Mexico.
Conover will be coming back from her trip in June, so while she is gone there will be a new Spanish teacher at LHS from Galicia, Spain teaching Spanish Social Studies and Spanish for Spanish Speakers. While on her trip, Conover plans on keeping up and helping with the LHS Latino Newspaper.
Up until now, Conover’s favorite part of LHS has always been the students. An important part about teaching for her has been creating a bond with her students and staying in contact with them after high school and even college graduations.
“I will for sure miss the relationship with the student’s…I like watching them grow up and being a part of their journey,” said Conover.
LHS holds a special place in Conver’s heart, and no matter what the future holds, she will never forget how much LHS means to her.
“When I was a substitute I thought to myself ‘I could do this, this is all me, I could teach Spanish IV and AP Spanish’…but then I realized how Spanish one could be a different challenge for me,” said Conover.
Conover will be leaving when the second semester begins in January. Whether a student needed a world language credit or they have been speaking Spanish for their entire life, Conover has had a big impact on students one way or another.
“Lincoln will always be in my heart,” said Conover.

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Maddox Raph, Staff Writer
Maddox Raph is a junior and a first-year staff writer for the Statesman at LHS. He enjoys watching his sports franchises succeed. He is involved in LHS track and field in the spring and is a hall of famer at the Spring Creek Golf Club. You can usually find him listening to heartbreak Drake, and he has a passion for lake activities like fishing and jet skiing. 
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