Kayla Moss, BVHS Class of 2016

Jill Meier/BV Journal 

Kayla Moss visited the classroom in which she attended fkindergarten in. She graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 2016.


Kayla Moss attended Valley Springs Elementary in the early 2000s. Wanda Logan was her first and second grade teacher, because her class numbers were so big that two sections of second grade were warranted. In fact, Moss’s class made VSE “history” as the first class to require morning and afternoon kindergarten sessions. She attended in the afternoon.

She credits Logan for saving her life, who took notice that the youngster wasn’t drinking much water, paying attention in class and was fatigued. As it turned out, she was diagnosed with Influenza A.

“She asked my mom to come pick me up and we went to the doctor’s and they sent us to the emergency room in the hospital,” Moss tells.

As history shows, Logan’s timing was critical.

“My organs probably would have shut down and I would’ve had a 50/50 chance of living,” Moss said. “I think about her from time to time and I still talk about it to this day … she’s my guardian angel.”

One of her fondest memories is the all-school trip to the zoo in Omaha.

“We would take these giant charter buses,” she said.

She also remembers when then phys ed teacher Paula Gordon introduced the rock wall to the kids.

The Moss family has a long history with Valley Springs Elementary

“This school has been with my family forever. I mean, it’s going to be weird thinking of it possibly not being here,” she said. “But the superintendent has some great vision for what’s going to be out here some day, so it’s not going away forever and it’s still going to be in our memories. Sometimes, it’s time for a chapter to close.”



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