Teacher of the Year - Karen Thornton
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Thursday, August 04, 2016
TOTY - Ms. Thornton
TOTY - Ms. Thornton

Congratulations to Karen Thornton our 2016 Teacher of the Year!

Here is a little bit about Ms. Thornton:

I come from a long line of teachers, but never really thought about teaching as a profession until I learned to teach children by default. The summer I was fourteen, my CPA dad insisted I make myself useful by adding up numbers in one column to make sure they added up to the sum of those in another column. In an attempt to free myself from this woeful task, I walked half a mile down the road and applied for a job teaching swimming lessons. I found that I intuitively knew how to use praise and instructive criticism at the same time, producing unusually good results. I continued in teaching and coaching mode until I received an undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Samford University. Next, I taught English at a private school in Gadsden, Alabama, where I fell in love with teaching language and literature. Putting off my professional career, I then chose to stay home to instill the love of learning in my own three children. Subsequently, all three of my children were highly successful at Alexander High School. When my last was in the sixth grade, I began to substitute teach in the Douglas County School System. In 2008, I was hired initially to teach interrelated special education at Alexander High School; I then passed the GACE in special education, physical education, and English. Three summers ago, I completed a Master of Arts in Teaching English from the University of West Alabama. Now in my ninth year here, I revel in my time spent teaching English, and I am satisfied in knowing I make a difference in someone’s life every day.

When I am not teaching English, one might find me out on the court coaching the AHS Girls tennis team or playing French horn in the church orchestra. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring women, and writing devotionals and memoirs.

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