ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) - Our Tools for Teachers spotlight this week shines on Shala Murray, a veteran Spanish teacher at Arab High School. We surprised Ms. Murray at her school recently with 319 dollars to spend as she sees fit in her classroom. She was nominated for this award by current student Lindsey Dukeminier, who wanted so say thanks to this special teacher for opening a whole new world of culture to Arab High School students.
"[Ms. Murray] does more than teach us the Spanish language. She shows her students how to be culturally aware and become involved with charitable projects," Lindsey told us in her nomination letter. "I wish there were more people like Mrs. Murray in our society today, the world would be a much happier place."
Ms. Murray tells us that she sees language as not just a means of communicating with other human beings, but as an avenue to the heart of a culture.
"Spanish is so important because it opens doors. It connects people. When you learn another language, you can communicate with a person in that language, and you really can't understand a person through translation," Murray says. "To know a person and to know a culture, you really have to do it in that language."
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.