Area soldier adjusting to chaos in the classroom

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/10 2013 05:58PM

Updated 12/11 2013 05:07PM

CHAMPAIGN -- A new assistant principal has some unique experiences to share with her students. She's been splitting her time between the classroom and the military for her entire career. Tuesday was her first day at Stratton Elementary. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera meets the woman who's become a familiar face around the district.

She's worked at Dr. Howard, Jefferson and Centennial. Between those jobs, she spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, but now she's happy to be exactly where she is. Kids have been back in school for months already. But, it's the first day for Stratton's new assistant principal, Yvette Lane-Rose.

"I've been more successful and more productive as a citizen working with children," said Lane-Rose. "I love working with children."

So, that's what she does when she's in town. For years, Lane-Rose has split her career between the classroom and the battlefield; two jobs you may not expect to go together.

"Working in a school, whether you're working with students, teachers or parents, I'm still in a leadership-type or role model-type role," said Lane-Rose. 

At Stratton, she works with a lot of curious kids.

"I tell them what I can tell them about the work," said Lane-Rose. "I tell them, when we're on the battlefield, it's very important that everybody follows directions because, if you don't follow that particular direction, it can mean life or death for a soldier."

This week, she's learning from them too. She's still trying to understand the school's micro-society and marketplace. But, while learning her way around, Lane-Rose says she's looking forward to spending more time here, even with all these extra shoe laces to tie.

Lane-Rose is the first person in her family to join the military. Now, two of her children have enlisted. She says she could go back someday, but for now, she's enjoying her time at home.

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