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Teachers getting classrooms ready for back to school

Susan Bennett in her classroom (Source: KCBD Video) Susan Bennett in her classroom (Source: KCBD Video)
Susan Bennett, 8th grade science teacher Susan Bennett, 8th grade science teacher
Brandon Ferguson, 7th grade science teacher and athletic coordinator Brandon Ferguson, 7th grade science teacher and athletic coordinator
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Teachers are saying goodbye to summer vacation and saying hello to the school year. The first step is making sure their classrooms are put together.

Lubbock Independent School District starts school on Monday.

At Smylie Wilson Middle School, they're trying something different this year.

Each classroom is dedicated to a specific college or university as the school applies to be a "no excuses" institution.

Days before students fill these halls, teachers are in their classrooms, getting ready for the big day.

But at Smylie Wilson Middle School, they are each adding a little something extra to help motivate students.

"We're applying to be a no excuses university...that means we take no excuses of getting them to that next level," Susan Bennett, 8th grade science teacher, says. "In order to get them to that next level, they need to be exposed to different colleges and different atmospheres."

She says she chose to represent the Oregon Ducks.

With each green and yellow banner hung, Bennett is reminded of the importance of what she's been doing for the past 10 years.

"They need to understand that every day is a learning experience," she explains. "I'm learning, they're learning, everyone's learning."

Just next door, in a classroom dedicated to West Texas A&M, 7th grade science teacher and athletic coordinator Brandon Ferguson, is ready to get the school year started.

"I'm excited," he says. "I'm always excited whenever school's starting. But, I really enjoy just getting back to school and seeing the kids and seeing the new kids."

He says his favorite part of each day is getting his students engaged in the subject he loves.

While each finishing touch is put in place, strategically around the room, Bennett says she is ready for a brand new school year.

"I'm just excited and ready to have a good year," she says.

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