Stacy Kirby of Athens High School Named Top Teacher!

The high school English teacher wins the Valley's Top Teacher

ATHENS, Ala. - Ms. Stacy Kirby of Athens High School says she wasn't always the best student. In fact, she didn't read on grade level until she was in fifth grade. However, Ms. Kirby decided she wouldn't allow that to be a stumbling block; instead, she made it a stepping stone thanks to a teacher who believed in her.

"Once I learned to read, that's all I did," said Ms. Kirby. "It was never easy for me. I still don't know my left from my right."

The Valley's Top Teacher says she didn't picture herself becoming a teacher but she eventually realized it's what she's meant to be.

"I'm not where I thought I'd be when I started college or when I started to be a teacher, but I'm where I want to be -- and it's the best job in the world!"

Ms. Kirby says because she struggled, she can better empathize with students who don't always get it so easy.

"When you find your victory, it's going to be that much sweeter," said Ms. Kirby.

Among all the lessons Ms. Kirby teaches, she says grit is one of the most important.

"When you fight and win, you're more prepared for life, college and your job than are all of those other kids (who didn't struggle)."

Multiple students at Athens High School say Ms. Kirby is very much appreciated.

"What I love about Ms. Kirby is that she's caring. She takes time with us. You want to make her proud," said student, Aniya Harris.

"Ms. Kirby has always been a supportive, nice teacher," said student, Amber Glaze.

"Ms. Kirby is the best teacher," said student, Gracen Hargrove. "She'll do whatever for you. She's helped me so many times after school."

Students say Ms. Kirby goes above and beyond every day. They say it was her idea to create artwork, depicting the stories they've read throughout the year.

 

     

Ms. Kirby also held an after school study session, which included cotton candy.


    

      

However, Ms. Kirby says the students aren't the only ones learning.

"They've taught me so much about what's more important... and that's the lessons of how to be a good person," said Ms. Kirby.

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