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LOCALS LOVE US: Packsaddle teacher Michelle Crain cherishes school ‘family’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

KINGSLAND — When Packsaddle Elementary School teacher Michelle Crain learned The Picayune readers had selected her as their favorite Llano Independent School District educator, she admitted she teared up a bit.“It’s humbling to me that people would go out of their way to vote for me,” the fifth-year teacher said. “It’s a very special feeling that people would do something like this for you.”

Crain didn’t start out as a teacher but came to it after she and her family returned to the Highland Lakes several years ago.

“We moved back here from the coast, and my parents actually said if I wanted to get my teacher certificate they would pay for the college,” she said.

It turned out to be the right decision.

“I don’t know why I hadn’t done it sooner,” Crain said. “I love teaching.”

For the past five years as a teacher, Crain said one of the best things is developing those relationships with her students and their parents.

“I treat them all like they’re my family,” she said.

daniel@thepicayune.com