Loftin

Renda Loftin reflects on her family life as she looks at a wall of photos in her classroom at Carver Elementary School. Loftin is a reading literacy teacher and teaches dyslexic students how to read. Loftin, who is holding a picture of her son, said being a dyslexic teacher came in handy after several of her family members, including her son, were diagnosed with dyslexia.

She reads everything into her life — her career, her family and her everyday activities.

So when Renda Loftin walks down the halls of Carver Elementary School, she knows she chose the right path in life.

Loftin has been a reading literacy teacher at Carver five years and has worked for Greenville Independent School District 23 years. She also teaches the MTA program, a multi-sensory teaching approach for dyslexic students.

Fifteen years ago, Loftin took a course to teach dyslexic children how to read, and several years later her career choice paid off in her home life.

“My 9-year-old son, William Alexander, was diagnosed with dyslexia last year,” Loftin said. “My nephews were also diagnosed with dyslexia when they were younger.

“Now, I’m glad that I took that course because it enabled me to help my family. When I saw that my son was struggling in school, I was able to see the signs that led me to believe he was dyslexic. He was tested for it and now takes special classes. He’s doing so well, now.”

Loftin said the best part of her job is teaching students how to read.

“When I was in third grade, I knew I either wanted to be a teacher, a nurse or go into the Air Force,” Loftin said. “As I grew up, however, I saw all these teachers as my role models.

“I knew my calling was to work with children, and I needed to give back what was already given to me. I wanted to teach kids who didn’t know how to read.”

Loftin said her inspiration in life is her family and her church members.

“They inspired me to have perseverance, to stick it out,” she said. “Whatever you want to do, whatever you want to be, they told me I could do it.”

She attends Clark St. Christian Church and is a member of the choir, helps with the youth director and is vice president of the Door Keepers of the Usher Board.

She and her husband, William, have been married 12 years, and Loftin said the best part of her life is her family, which includes her extended family members.

“My family is very important to me,” she said. “I love my family and will do anything for them.”

Loftin said what makes her unique is her love for people and her desire to help other people.

“My mother, who died in 2005, used to do domestic work,” she said. “As I was growing up, I knew I wanted to help others. After college, I helped my mom until she passed away. I also help the elderly at church, and I’m always trying to help the students.”

Loftin believes she’s helping to make a difference in the lives of her family and her students.

“I was the first one in the family to graduate from college, and I think that helped to inspire other family members to go to college.

“And when I see the student’s reading levels moving up, that shows improvement and growth, and that let’s me know I’m doing something to make a difference in their lives.”

Every year, Loftin organizes events for Carver for Black History Month, which is in February.

“I want kids to know the history on how it was then and how it is now,” she said. “I tell people if you have struggles, you can overcome them, and you can be somebody.

“You make choices in life, take a path, follow it down the road and you will reach your goal. And that’s exactly what I did.”

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