By Derrick Smith
When Brook Anderson was a student at Locust Grove, she was no stranger to athletics. She played basketball and ran track in junior high. In high school, she was a mat maid for the wrestling team. She also attended all of her brothers games and matches and cheered them on. Now, as a parent, She is cheering on her kids as they follow in her footsteps.
“My son Dekota is twenty-five years old,” she said. “He played football, basketball, wrestled and baseball growing up. He graduated from OSU and went into sport journalism and later felt he wanted to give back to his community and now teaches at Locust Grove middle school. My daughter Hope is sixteen and she is a junior this year. She plays softball and runs track. She is very athletic but I am most proud of her leadership. She leads by example, serving and caring for the team. She works hard in school and in her sports.”
Anderson is a STEM teacher at Locust Grove Elementary School. She says that she enjoys teaching and living in such a great school district.
“I love my job,” she said. “I am blessed with a great school system and would not want to be anywhere else. My husband Will and I also have been youth leaders at Locust Grove First Baptist Church for ten years.”
Staying involved in her kids’ sports is something that Brook enjoys. She is happy to help out by doing whatever is needed.
“I try to always be there at practice, games or any activity,” she said. “I am there to help in any way I can but not only with my kids but any kid. If they need a ride, money for food or drink, or anything else, my girl knows to come get it from me. I know we have a great group of parents in our community and they would do the same for my girl. My family loves to serve our school in many ways. My husband is the chaplain of the football team so we attend all the football games.”