Class Act October winner keeps focus on students

Class Act: Connie Rader

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Class Act winner for the month of October has taught kindergarten for over 25 years.

Connie Rader calls the school where she works the “happiest place on Earth" and she wants her students to feel the same way.

“You’re setting the stage for their entire career, their entire life, what jobs they’re gonna do, what kind of citizen they’re gonna be.” said Rader.

Rader has taught at Prattville Kindergarten School and while this is year 26, she says she still finds joy in her work.

Connie Rader is Class Act Teacher of the Month. She's taught for 25 years at Prattville Kindergarten School.
Connie Rader is Class Act Teacher of the Month. She's taught for 25 years at Prattville Kindergarten School. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

“It’s the smiles. It’s the love we share with them. It’s the joy of the job. I don’t really call it a job. We all are a team down here and work together just to make the best day for them that we can,” said Rader

Because she’s our monthly winner, Rader gets a plaque and $200 dollars to spend in her classroom. Paul Evans from Beasley Allen Law Firm joined us to present the award. Beasley Allen sponsors the award.

“I think everyone has a teacher in their lives or multiple teachers that had a great influence upon them. I’ve had many throughout from kindergarten through law school that have been an amazing influence on me. So I know that Rader’s certainly had an influence on her students and that was great to see,” Evans said.

Rader says she was shocked and very proud to receive the Class Act Award but says it’s definitely a group effort.

“I’m just a part of an amazing team here. We have great leadership and I get to do what I love every day. So to be honored is just humbling,” said Rader.

You’re doing an excellent job too, Mrs. Rader and you’re the Class Act Teacher of the Month!

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