ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - The old saying goes, "A good coach can change a game, but a great coach can change a life", that statement holds true for one multi-talented teacher at Alex City Middle School.
That teacher has found his passion in life, and now he strives to share that with the next generation of kids in his hometown, and his name is Thomas Leonard.
For Leonard, sports and education have always gone hand and hand with one another
"I come from a family with a background in education, but as far as sports, that's always been my thing. I have been in sports ever since I was five or six." Leonard said.
This Alex City native is known during the school day as a physical education teacher but after class, he also coaches cheer and track. Now in his 5th year at the middle school, Leonard knows that sometimes you have to think outside the box to get through to kids.
"Teaching is not just in the classroom; sometimes you have to go outside of the classroom to reach your students," according to Leonard
And reach his students he does!! Leonard is a huge role model for all of the boys and girls he coaches.
"I like having him in my life because he is another father figure in my life, he really takes care of me and makes sure I really am okay, because you always need someone to tell you you're doing good." Desmond Leonard a former student and nominator said.
While to some a job is just a paycheck, Leonard's career is more, it's his whole life!
"You know, some people wake up every day and are like 'oh my God, I have to go to work' but I don't have that feeling, I actually enjoy getting up and doing what I do!" said Leonard.
Congrats Mr. Leonard, you're this week's Class Act!