Mike Lightfoot-  LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School Graduate, Class of 1974, Men's Basketball Coach and Mentor at Bethel College

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Mike Lightfoot- LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School Graduate, Class of 1974, Men's Basketball Coach and Mentor at Bethel College

Recently, one of LaVille's staff members had a chance to sit down and ask Michael Lightfoot a few questions. Here are his responses.
 
 
LV- Where did you grow up?
 
ML- "I grew up in Lakeville. My father graduated from Lakeville High School in 1946. Most of my family graduated from LaVille High School as well. My heritage all stems from this school system."
 
LV-  Do you have any special memories of Elementary School, High School?
 
ML- "The main thing I can remember was when JFK was assassinated. I was in second grade. It was a moment I will never forget."
 
LV- Any teacher or staff member  that helped shape your career?
 
ML- "Lakeville Elementary provided me with a great start to school. I had teachers that knew me personally and invested in me. My fourth grade teacher, Edna Lineback, was an outstanding teacher and challenged me to think outside of the box as a teacher. She expected us to do our best at all times and I knew she cared about her students. In High School, I had a great math teacher in Mrs. Alice Swarm. She taught in a way that I could better understand math concepts and she was willing to go the extra mile before and after school to help me and my peers with her subjects. May of my teachers impacted my life outside the classroom. My coaches who taught me self-discipline and hard work. It was also those teachers who I worked with on the yearbook and the school paper that helped me understand the best way to communicate. The allowed me to model their skills so I could go on to college and be successful in my chose career."
 
LV- How did LaVille shape your career?
 
ML- "LaVille schools gave me the opportunity to participate in so many beneficial activities in and outside of the classroom. A smaller school setting has a lot of benefits that other schools can't offer. My experiences at LaVille developed my leadership skills and the abilities to communicate at a higher level. After my Junior year in high school at LaVille, I knew what my career choice would be. The influence that my teachers and coaches had on my life directed me to follow their same path."