TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - For some, a career is more about paycheck than anything else. That couldn't be further from the truth for one educator in Tallassee, and her name is Joyce Ingram.
Teaching is not just a job for Mrs. Ingram - it's her calling.
"I just love helping children. My children needed help, so I knew other children needed help, too - so I just decided to go into education. I changed my career so I could help children," said Ingram.
Since day one, she has always taught third-graders. She loves that age, because she feels like she is the most beneficial to them at that point in their life.
"They are old enough to do things on their own, but they are young enough to be needy and need your help, because they tell things they normally wouldn't tell and they know they can depend on me to help them when they need help," said Ingram. "They all need someone to love them, and I do - I love all of my children."
For over two decades she has been going above and beyond; whether it's using her own money to buy supplies, or giving extra time to students before and after school, Mrs. Ingram has been 110 percent dedicated to her job and people are noticing.
"It's special, and you know that someone is listening and paying attention to what their children are doing and that's all we (as teachers) want, is for the parents to be involved and care as much as we do," Ingram said.
Congrats Mrs. Ingram - you're this week's Class Act!