Chilton County Teacher is a Class Act

"We teach skills that they can use in their everyday life and that's why I think what we teach is so very important," says Becky Pierce. Her classes are among the most popular at Chilton County High School, and the most practical. Like food science, nutrition and parenting.

10th grader Candace Allison says she's learned, "there's more to parenting than what you think there is, and being a parent and parenting are two different things. She taught us how to be a good parent."

In a mock living room Pierce teaches students about interior design. In the kitchen, they learn how to eat healthy. Outside of the classroom she builds student character, through a peer mediation group she set up. 12th grader Christina Browder explains, "it's basically an organization where students can help other students with their problems. We kind of intervene before they get suspended, or before they go to in-school suspension."

Pierce's dedication to students lasts around the clock. "Sometimes we have to run her away. Sometimes you think something's wrong she's hear so late, but that's Ms. Pierce, she's here organizing for the next day," says principal Larry Mahaffey.

Pierce has been a teacher for 22 years, she says she still loves coming to class each day to share knowledge with her students. "Just common things that any student no matter what they're going into, should be able to use when they get out on their own. And that's one thing we work with trying to prepare them to be on their own when they get out of high school, whether they're going into college or a career," she says.

Pierce is president of the Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education; a position that sometimes requires her to interact with state officials and congress.