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SYSK: At-Risk Facilitator makes a difference in students' lives


A bulletin board full of photos fills Lisa McKinstry's office at East High School in Waterloo.

McKinstry is the at-risk facilitator at East, or the liaison between home and school.

"They need somebody to trust. School needs to be a safe place. I try to build on relationships. I instill on them they need to respect themselves and respect others. I would say my relationship with students is positive and warm," said Lisa McKinstry.

Students, including seniors Wesley Bates and Cameron Winters, said their lives are better because of Lisa McKinstry.

"Ever since I was a freshman, I've always known there's that one person I can come to," said Wesley Bates.

"She's the sweetest person at East. Just the things she does and says, you can never feel bad about talking to McKinstry," said Cameron Winters.

McKinstry's office is a popular stop for students, partly because she always has sweet treats!

"I bring in for the week several dozen cupcakes, seven pound cakes and other cakes," said McKinstry.

She has a notebook on her desk filled with students who signed up for a birthday cake. Last school year she made more than 700 birthday cakes.

But McKinstry provides her students with so much more than baked goods.

"She's helped me understand who I am as a person," said Wesley Bates.

She's someone students can trust and confide in.

"What can I say. She's a lovely person. I love her," said Cameron Winters

It's clear, she genuinely cares.

Lisa MckKnstry hopes she's helped prepare East High students for what's next in life.

"I work hard everyday. I'm tired at the end of the day, but I'm glad to be here," said McKinstry.

She said she lives by a simple motto...

"100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was or what sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

McKinstry has positively impacted many children's lives.


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