ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Student-centered learning is the goal at Straughn Elementary School in Covington County. This is where the proud Straughn Tiger tradition begins and also where teacher Jill Maddox calls home.
The first thing you notice about Mrs. Maddox is her focus is always on the children. Her job is really more of a lifestyle, so helping her students before the school day starts or after the bell rings in the afternoon is completely normal for her.
"I videoed homework and sent the strategy of how to do the work just a few nights ago," said Maddox. "The bottom line is you want your students to learn, and parents are part of that; if you can help parents help their kids then to me that's a win."
Mrs. Maddox is also very humble in nature. Even when she personally goes above and beyond, she still credits the entire staff at the school for working as team.
"We have such a fine, fine faculty at Straughn," said Maddox. "They are all so caring, so willing to work together and so focused on the children. It's just amazing and I couldn't ask for better faculty to serve with."
Her co-workers have nothing but praise for her.
"She is just a great role model for our entire staff and our students," said assistant principal Barry Wood.
After 31 years of teaching, she is happy she has been able form relationships with so many youngsters.
"That's probably the best part," said Maddox. "And they still give hugs going out the door every afternoon."