Dothan Teacher is a Class Act

In the corner of Sonja Shepard's classroom at Carver Magnet School in Dothan, is a sign that pretty much lays out why she's a teacher. It's her love of students. Shepard says, "some of them definitely have their fears, but I try to let them know that math is their friend; and if they'll trust me and let me help them, that they can overcome those fears that they have."

Shepard teaches math, reading and social studies to her class. After the last bell rings she often hangs around to coordinate extra curricular activities. Carver principal Dr. James Kelley outlines Shepard's extra contributions, "cheerleading, odyssey of the mind programs, some of the enrichment activities. She has always given of herself very unselfishly. Like I said, she's just an asset to Carver."

Shepard has also sponsored the school's math team. She likes to see students compete and reach their goals.

Education Reporter: Michael Briddell