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Heidi Beatty, third grade teacher at Northeast Nodaway R-V in Ravenwood, has been a teacher for 15 years, primarily in elementary schools. “… the world is their blank slate. You can help make it whatever they want it to be, you know?” Beatty said of working with young students.

RAVENWOOD, Mo. — On a shelf in Heidi Beatty’s third grade classroom, tucked away with all the other products of what she affectionately calls “years of love and accumulation” around her desk, is a binder that, like Beatty herself, seems to be bursting at the seams, overflowing with pieces of positivity that can barely be contained.

The oldest exhibits in the binder are Post-it notes from Lynette Tappmeyer, for whom Beatty was a graduate assistant while studying at Northwest Missouri State University.

At her desk, Beatty looks through a binder that holds 15 years of positive memories of her time in the classroom, a keepsake that she made on …

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