Madison County’s Jamie Reese goes above and beyond for students

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Kendall Childers calls Jamie Reese "one of the most caring teachers" she's ever met.

Reese teaches history at Madison County's Buckhorn High School and, as Childers told WHNT News 19, his commitment to teaching doesn't stop when the bell rings.

"He's just one of the best teacher's I've ever had," Childers said.

To make sure the entire Tennessee Valley knew that, Childers nominated Reese for WHNT News 19's Tools for Teachers award.

Reese was shocked when we showed up.

"I didn't know what to expect there with everybody coming in," Reese laughed, after our cameras interrupted one of his history classes, "I really appreciate it. There are a lot of things I need in this room, so this will help out a lot. I really appreciate it."

Students like Childers appreciate Reese for his availability... even outside of normal class time.

To help kids get ready for the 2015 Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, he offered Saturday study sessions. Students can receive college credit if they pass the APUSH exam, so it was a big deal and nerve-wracking for many kids.

After it was over, Reese sent a message to students including Childers, saying they should still be proud of their efforts, even if they didn't pass.

As for Childers, Reese tells WHNT News 19, she's a strong leader in her own right, setting a great example for her fellow students.

"She's always gone above and beyond, so it doesn't surprise me at all that it was Kendall that did it," Reese said of the nomination.