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Leaving a lasting impression at East Memorial Christian Academy

Florene Simpkins is a teacher at East Memorial Christian Academy in Prattville (Source: WSFA 12 News). Florene Simpkins is a teacher at East Memorial Christian Academy in Prattville (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Simpkins and her former student Lee Crawford, who is now a senior at EMCA (Source: WSFA 12 News). Simpkins and her former student Lee Crawford, who is now a senior at EMCA (Source: WSFA 12 News).
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Described as driven, caring and inspirational, one educator is reaching beyond the four walls of her classroom for all of her students, both past and present, and her name is Florene Simpkins.

Roughly 18 years ago Mrs. Simpkins got an opportunity she couldn't pass up.

"I had the opportunity to sub at a particular school one day. I subbed, and then I enjoyed it! I just have a desire to teach children, and I think it's a special gift," said Simpkins.

Mrs. Simpkins was the first kindergarten teacher at East Memorial Christian Academy in Prattville, and she has taught youngsters prepping to go into first grade ever since. Lee Crawford, a former student who is now a senior at the school, wanted to recognize the dedication of his old kindergarten teacher.

"She's just very supportive. Every year she's been supportive and has never forgotten about me even though I had her a long time ago," said Crawford. "She has always inspired her former students to keep working hard and she really cares about every single student in her class."

Knowing she has made an impact on her students' lives, even after they have left her classroom means the world to Simpkins.

"I love Lee, and he is a great student. I just can't imagine that he thought of me and that I left an impression on him! To have this outstanding honor that's being presented to me today, this is just unbelievably outstanding and I am so honored by it," Simpkins said.

Congratulations Mrs. Simpkins - you're this week's Class Act!

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