Unforgettable night reminds her of legacy

The Alabama legislature passed a joint resolution, signed by Gov. Bob Riley, declaring June 18, 2010 as Alabama Teachers and Educational Support Professionals Day. The Alabama Sports Festival honored educators as part of the Honoring Our Heroes program to recognize the commitment and dedication of Alabama’s teachers and support professionals.

“Dedication, commitment, nurturing, and hero — all words that help to describe our great teachers and school support professionals,” said Ron Creel, president/CEO of the Alabama Sports Festival.

“Their dedication to our children, their commitment to changing lives and their nurturing relationships with students, families and the community all describe why they are outstanding heroes. One day at a time, these individuals help to develop the dynamic building blocks that will be carried with a student throughout his or her life. Their talents in the classroom help to develop the environment necessary for our Alabama children to maximize their fullest potential. Because of their tireless efforts in and out of the classroom, we honor these heroes for making a difference, one student at a time.”

I felt honored to be recognized and presented with a Medal of Distinction medallion. I also felt a sense of personal pride for being part of a family of educators who have dedicated their lives to making a difference and educating Shelby County students.

My grandmother, Bertha Cosper, was a principal and teacher for more than 53 years. Jane Kennedy, my mother, taught for more than 36 years. My aunt, Wilsonville Mayor Rosemary Liveoak, is a principal currently starting her 36th year. Also, my great aunt and uncle, Vesta and Bob Dorsey, worked as lunchroom managers for 11 years.

I am proud to be a teacher in Shelby County. I will begin my 14th year when school starts and am working to become National Board Certified. I hope to show my students and own children to never stop learning and always strive to be the best you can be everyday.