“I couldn’t believe it, that was the last thing I was expecting,” smiled Marley Barkley when she found out she was the Valley’s Top Teacher.
We were very happy to make Mrs. Marley Barkley at Woodville High School feel special because every day when her fourth graders walk into her classroom she puts in the effort to make them feel important, loved, and safe.
“She make me feel welcomed and like I can just be myself,” says Kinsley Rousseau, a fourth grade student.
“She’s fun and she is loving,” smiles Brayden Finchum, a fellow fourth grader.
When her kids leave at the end of the day, Mrs. Barkley always reminds them how loved they are and that they have someone who cares about them.
“Each and every day before they leave my classroom, we hug or fist bump,” shares Mrs. Barkley, the Valley’s Top Teacher. “They make a line and as they come out the door they hug me or fist bump me, I have some who are not huggers.”
“She says ‘Bye, have a great day!” and ‘See you tomorrow’ and stuff,” says Brayden.
Mrs. Barkley supports and disciplines her kids as if they were her own, because she truly wants to see them succeed and reach their goals.
“I just take a big piece of them home with me,” explains Mrs. Barkley. “They are not just my students, they are my children. I tell them that once you are a Barkley baby, you are always a Barkley baby, that’s a thing that I say to them.”
Mrs. Barkley says she is her kids’ biggest cheerleader.
“She says ‘Come on, you can do it!'” smiles Kinsley.
Mrs. Barkley’s subjects are reading, language arts and Alabama history. She say she finds way to make reading fun and picks books that will interest her kids.
“I have some boys in my class that are not readers, they are not interested in reading, but everyday they come in and they want to know ‘When are we reading our book today? When are we reading about Peter and Fudge?'” shares Mrs. Barkley.
Mrs. Barkley loves and cares about her kids seven days a week, and says that even after they move onto the fifth grade, they are still her babies.
“I want to be that mom figure at school for my students, that they know that Mrs. Barkley cares about me, and she loves me, and wants me to succeed. She is not just here just to teach me from 7:30 to 3:00.”
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