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A full-time teacher in the Carmi-White County School District
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By Erin Pennington

Ms. Pennington is a full-time teacher in the Carmi-White County School District. Her degree is in Secondary Education English and she has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She has lived in Carmi with her daughter Taylor since the year ...

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Ms. Pennington is a full-time teacher in the Carmi-White County School District. Her degree is in Secondary Education English and she has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She has lived in Carmi with her daughter Taylor since the year 2000.

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“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.” ~ Elizabeth B. Browning 

 I find immense pleasure in studying nature. I love to be outdoors and am awed by the tiniest of things. Ladybugs fascinate me. As a little girl I loved it when a ladybug landed on my arm so that I could watch it move. The beauty of such a small creature always intrigued me.

In my lifetime I haven’t been able to travel a great deal, but as a teenager my parents drove us out West numerous summers in a row. My family loved Colorado and spent a great deal of time there. To see the Rocky Mountains is incredible, as much as I enjoyed Estes Park, when we visited Wyoming I never wanted to leave. The first time I saw the Tetons it felt like a dream.  You can’t physically drive through the Tetons like you can the Rockies, but to see them at a distance was magical. I remember feeling like I was part of a painting. The grandeur of snow-capped mountains is immeasurable.

We went to Florida when I was about five. I remember standing on the beach and every time the waves came in it felt like the earth was moving under me. I was very scared of the ocean. To this day, that hasn’t changed. I think it is beautiful, but overpowering.

We have visited other places that I just hated, like Kansas and Montana. Those states were just not me. They have extreme landscapes and temperatures. They are so open that it feels like you are at the end of the earth! I just didn’t enjoy them.

No matter where we went, I was always excited to come home. As much as I loved the mountains, I couldn’t wait to see cornfields. I was happy to hear the cicada and crickets at night. Beauty is all around us, no matter where you live, you just have to stop long enough to enjoy it.

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