LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - This week's Tools for Teachers award winner is East Limestone High School's Deshonna Ford, a committed teacher who is reaching kids through business classes and by coaching the track team. We recently surprised Ms. Ford in her classroom with 319 dollars to spend on school supplies.
Ms. Ford began her professional life in the business world, and from that perspective she saw a need that prompted her to make a career change.
"I was working in HR before I got into teaching," Ms. Ford told us. "A lot of the students were coming in and were unprepared for interviews and for the workforce, so I decided to go back to school and get my degree in education."
When Ms. Ford has her coaching hat on, she tries to instill in kids an ability to work as a team. But this aspect of her job also comes with a special set of challenges.
"We currently do not have a track. We run in the student parking lots," Ford said. "So, three days a week we are ducking and dodging cars coming and going out of the parking lot."
Ms. Ford is attempting to change that through grassroots fundraising efforts, and you can be a part of it. If you would like to help East Limestone build a track, you can contribute to the school's gofundme.com account: www.gofundme.com/ELHSTRACK-FIELD
And if you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.