MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - This week's Tools for Teachers $319 award recipient is Eddie Pack, a third grade teacher Mt. Carmel Elementary.
In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Pack also drives a school bus before and after school, meaning his typical workday is 12 to 14 hours.
Fittingly, it was his job as a bus driver that led Mr. Pack to an education career in the first place. His principal at the time saw the heart Mr. Pack had for the children in his charge and urged him to go back to college and become a teacher. Three years later, Mr. Pack was still behind the wheel, but had also made the move inside to the classroom.
His students and their parents sure seem glad Mr. Pack made that leap. It was a current student's mother that sent us this Tools for Teachers nomination.
What makes this particular teacher standout? It's all about prioritizing relationships. Mr. Pack takes the initiative each year to visit his students' homes, meet their families and find out who they are as people, not just names on a roll. Mt. Carmel principal Kerrie Bass says this is the most important thing Mr. Pack brings to the classroom.
"That’s his greatest strength, is the relationships that he builds with the children. The kids love it, because they feel like he’s taking time to get to know them just as a kid outside of school, not under the pressures of a school day."
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tells us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.