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Teacher Tribute: Blackwell ISD teacher who took in student honored

BLACKWELL, Texas - Lori Griffin, a family and consumer sciences teacher in the Blackwell Independent School District, is this week's Teacher Tribute award winner.

Griffin has been teaching in Blackwell for the past 26 years. She has spent six of those years teaching Breanne Richardson. Richardson is a senior who nominated Griffin for Teacher Tribute. Richardson moved into Griffin's home during her sophomore year.

"We share the same birthday, we have a lot in common and we just kind of bonded," Griffin said. "And then when her family moved away, she just kind of slid right in and moved in with us and just kind of became a part of our family…she's our daughter."

"She is my biggest blessing and she's just as fun at home as she is here and she's just the most loving person and she's hilarious," Richardson said. "She is a very amazing mother."

Griffin said her home economics teachers at Cooper High School in Abilene inspired her to become a family and consumer sciences teacher. Richardson said she plans to follow in Griffin's footsteps after she graduates from Tarleton State University.

"My dream I guess is to come in and have her job after she retires," Richardson said.

Griffin said she wants to teacher her students to be strong leaders who give back to the community. Richardson said she is well on her way to fulfilling that hope thanks to Griffin's fun, hands-on teaching style.

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