Students turn into family at Union Springs Elementary

Students turn into family at Union Springs Elementary
Shelia Foy is a 4th grade teacher at Union Springs Elementary School (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Foy working with her students, who all are considered family to her (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Foy working with her students, who all are considered family to her (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. Foy wins the Class Act Award! (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. Foy wins the Class Act Award! (Source: WSFA 12 News).

UNION SPRINGS, AL (WSFA) - After spending nine months in class, summer vacation is within sight - but one group of kiddos in Bullock County are sad to see this school year come to an end. It's all because of their teacher and her name is Shelia Foy.

Starting on the very first day of fourth grade, Foy told her students that they are all on this academic journey together.

"I look at them like my own kids, so when I first started here [at Union Springs Elementary] I said 'okay - we are all family' and I played that song 'We Are Family,'" Foy said. "I told them, 'we don't make fun of each other because we are family. We are here to help each other. If your classmates stumble, don't laugh at them. If they need help, help them!' and that's been my motivation for teaching and I love it."

And now that her second school year at Union Springs Elementary School is coming to an end, this family unit is even closer than ever, and others are taking notice.

"Ms. Foy is phenomenal!" said Dr. Marvin Lowe, Union Springs Elementary's principal. "Her love for the child and her passion for teaching has radiated through the building since she has been at this school and it's great working with her."

Not only do fellow facility and staff members think she is great, but so do her kids. So much so that a few of them came together and sent in a nomination to recognize their teacher.

It makes Foy happy to know she's impacting her students in such a positive way.

"I love them!" Foy said. "Knowing that I made a difference in a child's life, that really touches my heart because I want to set an example for them - so they will see what I am doing for myself and it will help encourage them."

Congratulations Mrs. Foy, you're this week's Class Act!

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