One former student-turned-medical doctor surprised her former teacher by speaking to a new class about the importance of science studies

LIS Teacher Kathleen Smith and her former student Dr. Amanda Goodale


Loveland, Ohio – It was made up of more than 30 different presentations and two general assemblies for Loveland Intermediate School (LIS) fifth and sixth grade students, and the annual LIS Science Day held Friday, March 11, was certainly one to remember. From Hydroponics to Robotics to Therapy Dogs – the topics were as varied as potential careers in the field of science.

“I would like to thank the PTSA for all of their hard work to produce this exciting day for our students,” said LIS Principal Garth Carlier. “This day would simply not be possible without all of the support of our parents, and, of course, the professionals who volunteer who come into the classrooms to share their knowledge of science with our students.”

Professionals like Dr. Amanda Goodale – a medical doctor who presented a session on concussions, much to the surprise of LIS Teacher Kathleen Smith.

“I did not recognize her when I entered the room, but when we split into small groups for an activity I joined my students who went to her,” said Smith. “She told me I looked familiar, and I asked her if she went to Loveland. She yelled, ‘Miss Weeks!’ At the same time I looked at her name tag and saw her first name was Amanda and said, ‘Amanda Farrell?’”

Smith said Dr. Goodale was a student in the first class she taught at Loveland when she began teaching in the district 20 years ago – a fifth grader in the 1996-97 school year.

“I couldn’t believe that sweet little 10-year-old girl was all grown up and a doctor now,” said Smith. “We got to chat and catch up over lunch, and in the afternoon I brought her my photo album from that school year. We giggled as we looked at pictures from her fifth grade year.”




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