Very short sentences. … I’m not kidding, within a couple weeks of really empowering himself and being who he was he started writing letters to me like [Albert] Einstein.” The release of the gendered burden and the acceptance of who McArthur truly is at his core transformed both his personal and professional life. “He’s representing being who you are,” Rothschild said. “It’s mind-blowing to me how many kids are looking up to him here [in Estes Park],” Rothschild said. “Casil’s goal is to help others and it’s always been. He’s been that way his whole life.” Making a difference The impact of McArthur’s success is far-reaching. Though Estes Park is renowned for the splendor of the Rocky Mountains and the inescapable association with cowboys and a more rustic lifestyle, McArthur is breaking the mold of the small-town mentality. pageIn fact, the close-knit community of Estes is a comfort and constant in his life. “I think in Estes alone at least among the friends I have there’s going to be so many amazing influences that come out of Estes because of the small community,” he said. “So many bright and brilliant people that I know.” The individuality of both his part-time job and the ability to be himself creates a perspective that many people might react harshly to, but he described his peers as very caring and accepting.
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But, the new principal at Lingle-Fort Laramie Middle School and High School had no experience in either discipline, so education eventually picked him. I cant really remember how I got into teaching, but I got into it when I got to college, explained Stratton regarding his chosen vocation. A native of Payson, Ariz., Stratton traveled all the way to Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. to discover what he wanted to be when he grew up. Whitworth was my parents choice, but I knew it was the good choice. It is a Presbyterian school and thats what we were, Presbyterians. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and secondary education and got his first teaching job in Lakeview, Ore. in 1994, where he taught for three years before moving back to Payson. My dad passed away and I moved home and taught for three years in Payson and then moved back to Lakeview. If someone asked Id say home is Lakeview, Ore. While there he received his masters degree in education leadership from the University of Oregon, became the athletic director and middle school principal and coached football and wrestling.
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