JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - So many teachers across the Tennessee Valley do an amazing job. One teacher in Jackson County has not only had an impact on parents and students, but the school's principal as well.
Carla Dulaney teaches third grade math at Hollywood Elementary in Jackson County.
"She goes above and beyond. She is great with the kids. She focuses on every one of them. She makes every one of them feel important. She makes all of them feel special," said Principal Michael Wilborn.
Mrs. Dulaney goes to great lengths to make sure her students are set up for success. Wilborn says the result of that hard work can be seen come test time.
"Her ACT Aspire scores, since the test has been introduced to our county, she has been in the top three every single year," said Wilborn.
Mrs. Delaney's efforts in the classroom are not only a matter of professional pride for this principal, it's also personal.
"My oldest daughter would go home and tell stories every day on how much fun they had in the classroom," said Wilborn. "She got teary eyed and actually looked at me and said 'Daddy thank you so much for making me go to Hollywood, I love Mrs. Dulaney.' That let me know not only as a principal, but as a parent what a great person she is and what a difference she makes in children's lives."
Mrs. Dulaney was nearly speechless when we presented her with $319 as part of our Tools for Teachers program.
She gives all her credit to her students.
"My students are the superstars not me. They work really hard on what they do," said Dulaney.
After she caught her breath, Mrs. Delaney was able to share her thoughts on winning $319.
"I'm overwhelmed, surprised, I feel very honored too because I know there are a lot more teachers out there that are just as deserving as I am," said Delaney.
She's on a mission every single day to help mold her kids for future development. Student success is priority number one in Mrs. Delaney's class.
"I take it very serious. I think teaching is a big responsibility. I talk to them about their future and their future goals and what they need to succeed and that's an education. To really reach their goals. Live the life that they want."
Congratulations to Carla Dulaney, winner of our Tools For Teachers Award!
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