Instructional Aide Peggy Sammons
Ms. Sammons prepares computers for this week’s End of Course Assessments.
With MAP testing finished, end-of-course assessments taking place, and the close of the academic year just around the corner, L.C.H.S. instructional aid Peggy Sammons is quite busy.
A familiar figure at Lawrence County High School for the past 18 years, Sammons has a variety of responsibilities, including the scheduling of quarterly MAP testing for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in math, reading, and language.
According to Sammons, who programs the computers in preparation for the tests, most students don’t understand the MAP process. “MAP testing (Measure of Academic Progress testing) is a computer test that adjusts to the students to measure how much they know about a certain subject or passage,” Sammons explained. “If a student misses a question, the computer automatically adjusts to make the next one a little easier; if the student gets a question right, the next one will be a little harder.”
Besides MAP testing, Sammons does so much more for the school. She takes care of fees at the beginning of the year, she makes sure all the books are accounted for at year’s end, she schedules time for different classes in the computer labs, she works part time ISS, and at the end of every school year, she is responsible for changing the combination for every locker in the school!
Even though she is always busy, Sammons still enjoys her job. “I like working here and being around the kids. I see no difference in them; to me, they are all equal. If someone breaks a rule I still discipline them equally; we have rules and I go by them.”