"I've always known this is what I was going to do, even in the fifth grade I knew I was going to become a teacher," says Lanier High School math teacher Chandra Spicer. Over the past three years she's made a major impression on her kids.
12th grader Bryan Sankey says, "when I first started math, I though math was just plain hard, and just couldn't get it. But she makes the hard easy by giving steps."
Kimyacta Carter, an 11th grader says, "if you have problems, she's (Spicer) just like a counselor, if you have problems you can talk to her about anything. If something happens she'll talk to you and try to work it out; instead of sending you down with an office referral or something like that."))
Two years ago Spicer spent the summer tutoring students about to take the high school graduation exam. Her colleagues say that's typical. Lanier principal Lewis Washington, Jr. says, "she's always here after school for tutorials, sometimes we have to run her out of the building because she's here so late in the afternoon."
In spite of the short time she's been at Lanier, she's been selected to head the school's math department. Spicer says, "math is everywhere and it's very important our students learn mathematics. Everything you do involves mathematics; and so we want them to be very competent and be able to apply the skills that they learn."
Spicer sponsors Lanier's national honor society and the math club. Last year she organized the school's first ever scholar's bowl and coordinates a math tournament.