Tallassee Teacher is a Class Act

There are mutual feelings between Charles Adams and students at Southside Middle School in Tallassee. They have love and respect for each other. 7th grader Amber Chappell says, "when someone's down, you can come to him for problems and he'll either try to help you or he'll get something done about it."

Classmate Arkevious Parker adds, "problems like with other students, all you've got to do is come to him and he'll fix it for you, so you won't get in trouble."

Adams teaches language at Southside, but also gives lessons about life, trying to make sure students know the difference between right and wrong and treat others nicely. He shows up each day bright and early. Principal Ron McDaniel says Adams reports "around 6 o'clock each morning he gets started on his day then. He's got a schedule that would melt the president down I think."

Adams also pastors a church; so everyday he brings to the classroom, compassion that goes beyond what's necessary. "Sometimes you're the only one. You may be the last one on that chain that they can come to before they go overboard. So I'm just compelled to do it, I just love children," he says.

Adams says he came to education as an accident after 13 years in the military, but his DNA suggests he should've been in a school all along. His great grandfather helped start Tuskegee Institute and recruited Booker T. Washington to be its leader.