Ramer Teacher is a Class Act

"I get to know each one of these children as a person, not just as a student. I enjoy working with them in extra-curricular activities," says Liz Norman. She has been a teacher at Montgomery County High School for ten years.

Her work in the classroom just scratches the surface of what she means to the school. Principal, Gloria Bean says, "she's senior advisor, she works with the graduation, she's the debate team person. She does after school tutoring, she works with the Alabama high school graduation exam."

All of these extra-curriculars don't mean that she's devoting less attention to academics. She works hard to ensure her students are prepared for college. 12th grader Steven Osborne says, "she's encouraged me to exercise my writing skills a lot; and one thing they told me that I was really going to have to do in art school is have good writing skills; and taking her classes and having her teach me has helped them become more advanced and helped me to develop a bigger vocabulary."

Classmate Misty Dicks adds, "she's my favorite teacher. She's encouraged me since I got here. I've been through some things and she may not know it, but she was inspirational to me through that. And she would just do anything for anybody, she's just that type of person."

When the school needed a French teacher, Norman volunteered to take on that responsibility; so students here could be more well rounded. She's also helping kids apply to college. Norman says, "I've been trying to work with them about getting into school, getting scholarships. I really want to be that person outside of home, who is concerned about them and wants them to go other places once they leave Ramer and continue their education."

Norman is currently pursuing national board certification; an intense process that enhances teaching skills. She also plans to earn a PhD in education.