KILLEN, Ala. — Mrs. Carol Glover makes her third grade classroom at Brooks Elementary School a place were kids feel comfortable to learn and feel cared about as people.
"I want them to, first of all feel loved," says Mrs. Carol Glover, the Valley's Top Teacher. "And I want them to feel valued when they're here at school."
Mrs. Glover has been teaching in Lauderdale County for 14 years. She is known for putting in the extra time and effort to help her kids be successful. She teaches her students that it is okay to make mistakes and that you keep pushing forward to meet your goals.
"There's going to be times where they're gonna need to persevere," says Mrs. Glover. "And when they hit those roadblocks or they hit those struggles, I just want them to know that it's okay and that they're loved, and that it's good to have that struggle."
She says although the pandemic created challenges this year, she truly believes the kids have learned so much. She says they have gained communication skills, technology skills, and life skills.
"The kids, they just walk away knowing that, you know, kindness, understanding, and patience is just really important," she shares. "And I think that us going through what we've been going through, with the pandemic, they have really gained so much more than I think we could ever have anticipated."
Mrs. Glover always has a positive attitude, whether to do with the pandemic or a math problem. She says that outlook and an encouraging environment is so important.
"We have to stay positive for them, because they deserve to learn in a positive environment, so we just have to stay positive for the kids," says Mrs. Glover
She says the kids are what keep her coming back every year and that she hopes they leave her class feeling confident and ready to take on the world!
"Just to walk away knowing that they are loved and cared for and that they can be successful."
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