Building a strong educational foundation in Selma

Updated: May. 8, 2018 at 6:23 AM CDT
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McDonald and her Pre-K class (Source: WSFA 12 News).
McDonald and her Pre-K class (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. McDonald wins the Class Act award (Source: WSFA 12 News).
Mrs. McDonald wins the Class Act award (Source: WSFA 12 News).

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - One teacher at Byrd Elementary School in Selma is known by facility and staff as someone who always goes above and beyond to making learning fun for her students, and her name is Shelbra McDonald.

McDonald didn't always know what kind of career she would want. That was until she was inspired by someone close to her.

"My daughter, actually," the teacher explained. "She was very influential. I was not in education at all, and then she played with this Shapes Learning toy. I saw how quickly she understood the concept, and that light bulb just went off! I said 'I want to be teacher' and so I went back to school."

And that's exactly what she did! She left her old job behind and went back to school. Once she landed inside a classroom, she learned how important it is to be patient while teaching younger kids.

"They are small; they are four! They are learning how to socialize, and they are learning how to learn! It's about setting that first school experience foundations, helping them to love learning and love school," McDonald said.

After more than a decade of teaching fundamentals to pre-K students, McDonald couldn't imagine her life without her kids or her classroom.

"This is where I want to be. This is where I belong! Until the day I decide I am retiring, which I hope is way down the line in my 70s or 80s. I hope I still have the energy that I have now! But truly it's here. I can't think of any other places I'd rather be."

Congratulations Mrs. McDonald, you're this week's Class Act!

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