Teacher You Can Count On - Lounet Box - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/22/05

Teacher You Can Count On - Lounet Box

Outside of class she's known as the birthday lady due to her daily messages on Westwind Elementary's television station. In class she's known as the teacher who gives Spanish a twist.

"She goes above and beyond everyday. I've seen her pour herself out for these kids and do it selflessly," says Denise Guillory, a Westwind Elementary Counselor.

"I think if you can make it really a lot of fun they'll forget that they're learning and they'll just absorb it," says Box.

But both inside and outside of the classroom Box is known as a survivor. That's because before Christmas Box was diagnosed with uterine cancer. While she underwent treatment, her students spent ten weeks anxiously awaiting her return.

"We missed her a lot. It just wasn't very fun," says Tristin Taylor, a fourth grader at Westwind Elementary.

"They missed her so much when she was out sick and they worried," says Guillory.

Box claims it was her students outpouring of love that helped her get through the tough times.

"I received probably about 500 some odd get well cards from the kids. I mean that was such a blessing," says Box.

But for her students and co-workers the real blessing is having Box back at school, cancer free.

"She makes us smile everyday we come in here," says one of her students.

"She is such an inspiration. I've watched her laugh through this terrible illness and just have faith," says Guillory.

"Working around young people I mean how much more can you feel alive. I live for those hugs. I live for those smiles," says Box.

It's obvious how much Box is loved at Westwind Elementary. While she was out the students held a variety of fundraisers which raised more than $2,000 to help Box with her medical bills.

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