Treating every child like her own in Alex City

Treating every child like her own in Alex City
Latham gives personalized attention to all of her students (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Rachel Latham teaching her kindergarten kids (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Rachel Latham teaching her kindergarten kids (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Rachel Latham wins the Class Act award (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Rachel Latham wins the Class Act award (Source: WSFA 12 News).

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - It's never too early to teach kids about structure and responsibility, even in kindergarten! That's what one Alex City native practices in her Jim Pearson classroom daily and her name is Rachel Latham.

For Mrs. Latham, becoming an educator was sort of built into her DNA.

"I have always known that I have wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age, I want to say probably since elementary school. I don't know anything else other than teaching; I have family that has been in education, and so it has always been something I have been drawn to," said Latham.

Since she is a mom, Latham makes sure to connect with her students' parents at the beginning of each school year - doing that helps build a strong support team for the kids.

"When I talk to parents at the beginning of the year, I tell them, 'I'm going to treat [your kids] like they are mine and I am going to love them like they are mine.' We have a lot of structure and we teach a lot of responsibility," Latham said.

After two decades of being an educator, Latham hopes her dedication to her job has helped her children succeed.

"Sometimes you wonder how much difference you make in a child's life... it makes a big difference to know where they are coming from, so if they need an extra hug, if they need an extra snack, if they need five minutes to put their heads down that is something you can give them," said Latham. "It's not a 9-5 job, it's not an 8-2 job, it's something that is all the time -  there is nothing else I would rather do."

Congrats Mrs. Latham - you're this week's Class Act!

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