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6 Prattville teachers share special journey

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Superintendent Spence Agee and Principal Felissa Clemons (Source: WSFA 12 News) Superintendent Spence Agee and Principal Felissa Clemons (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A group of Autauga County teachers is working to leave their mark on the school system.

They share a special bond and have bosses who inspired them to fulfill their dream of becoming educators.

The six women are back working in the community they call home and teaching in the school system where they got their own education.

Jessica Cooley, Kassi Argo, Kayla White, Kelly Lawrence, Amber Stockman, and Alicia Yelder were all students at Prattville Junior High when Spence Agee was principal and Felissa Clemons was assistant principal.

Now Agee is the Autauga County Schools superintendent and Clemons is the principal at Prattville Elementary School where the women are now working.

“I got to go by and see their classrooms. I knew them when they were 12, 13, 14 years old and now they're teaching classes and just doing a wonderful job. It's so rewarding to me to see people grow up, get a great education here in Autauga County, go to college and become productive citizens,” Agee said. “It's just another example of our students doing great things.”

“Over 10 percent of my faculty now are former students of mine. I'm proud of my entire staff but I'm extremely proud of these young ladies because they came through the junior high when I was there as seventh and eighth graders and it just shows that we have done exactly what we needed to do with them to become successful,” Clemons added.

The teachers say it means a lot to them to have gone through the program as students and now be employees with strong, familiar leadership.

“There's six of us. Three of us graduated together and the others graduated in 2010, 2012, and 2013,” Kayla White said. “I think growing up here, having teachers and principals and making connections as a student and then becoming a teacher and then having those same connection and just growing in the community is incredible.”

She is now a special education teacher due to her own struggle with a learning disability.

“I had dyslexia coming up through elementary school,” White explained. “I found a teacher in sixth grade that really connected with me so I wanted to be the same as that teacher and have students that I connected with and change their path and journey for life.”

Felissa Clemons said it’s clear to see the impact the young teachers are having on the lives of their students.

“They were awesome students then and now that they're my teachers, they're awesome teachers and I'm so excited about having them in my building,” she added. “They're here giving our students what they need to be productive citizens.”

Autauga County Schools started back this week and the system has launched a new strategic five year plan to focus on improvements to facilities and academics.

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