"I'm sure there are other things I would've enjoyed doing, but this is where I'm supposed to be," says Hayle Greene. She's wanted to be a teacher ever since she was in the second grade. Now she teaches second graders at Meadowlane Elementary in Phenix City.
Her students are glad to have her. Zaesia Lewis says of Greene, "she's the greatest teacher in the world... because she teaches me everything I need to know."
Greene has spent her whole life in Phenix City and was hired by the school system here just two days after she graduated from college. Her principal says she's devoted to the school and community. "She comes to school everyday eager to work and eager to make sure our children are learning; she goes beyond the call of duty. She brings in numerous things to show children, to help them learn concepts that she's teaching. Not only that, there's no outside duty that we don't ask ms. Greene to so that she does not do and complete it with a smile," says Principal Veatrice Thomas.
Greene is the relay for life representative at Meadowlane. The campaign helps raise money to fight cancer; she sees her involvement as a way to help the community and teach kids about the value of giving.
"Our character words most often, fit into something that we're doing as far as the community: fairness, loyalty. They usually fit into part of the community or whatever the events are going on at that time in Phenix City," Greene says."
At Meadowlane, she is also the chair of the student council, a member of the building leadership team, and the guidance advisory committee.