MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One Montgomery native was inspired at a young age by her former teachers, and now she's paying it forward by giving back to the next generation of learners.
Described as a person who is always emitting positive energy into the world, one veteran teacher at E.D. Nixon Elementary is being recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom, and her name is Sonya Thomas.
For Ms. Thomas, becoming an educator has always been her number one goal in life.
"It's what I have always dreamed of doing. I used to play teacher when I was at home with my dolls lined up on the sofa. Also, I had some wonderful elementary teachers that really and truly inspired me to become a teacher," said Thomas.
Those former teachers have helped mold Thomas into the caring and generous person she is today. This Montgomery native went to ASU to pursue her dream of working with youngsters. Now 11 years into her career, she is responsible for building a strong educational foundation for her kindergarten kids and that's one challenge she knows she can handle.
"I do love it - it's a challenge and I love a challenge. I can see from the beginning of the year and up until now that my students have made tremendous gains and tremendous academic progress in just a few months. They are like little sponges; they soak up everything," Thomas said.
Those little sponges are learning a lot from their teacher, but they also are motivating her to keep going.
"I do learn from them, even though you may have your moments, like you are just being defeated - you're not! They are actually learning from you," said Thomas.
Congrats Ms. Thomas - you're this week's Class Act!