Price a team player at JES
By Louise Pitts
Lynn Price is a fourth grade teacher at Jemison Elementary School who loves children, the community, and her job.
In the 2008-09 school year, Ms. Price was selected by her peers to be the Teacher of the Year. Among the several nominations she received, her peers had several positive things to say about her. These teachers mentioned how Ms. Price was always ready to assist the students but also that she was always ready to assist other teachers. In fact, Ms. Price spent some of her personal money to purchase needed items for a new teacher that she was mentoring and then spent hours of personal time assisting the teacher in preparing her room for students.
Every year, Ms. Price is asked to go into different classrooms and demonstrate to students how to achieve a Level III or IV on the Alabama Reading and Math Test. She was selected because she has a proven record of conveying this information to her students. This past year, Ms. Price had 10 students out of 20 who were first-year dyslexic students. When the test results in reading came back, three students made a Level III, and the other 17 made a Level IV. In math, one student made a Level III, and 19 made a Level IV.
Academically, Ms. Price is a model teacher from whom others can learn. Also, Ms. Price has served on numerous school committees and served as PTO President. With all her obligations, Ms. Price still spends numerous hours in the summer at school—for which she is not paid. Also, during the summer, she is a lifeguard and manager of the Hoover Birchtree Swim and Racquet Club.
Even though she is a busy person, Ms. Price always is thinking of new strategies to assist her students and to make learning fun. As a result, her students love her, and so do the parents because she is great at communication and makes it clear what is expected of their children. Jemison Elementary School is blessed to have Lynn Price as a teacher, and the community is blessed to have her among them.
Students are out of school on Monday, Oct. 12 for Fall Break. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, students will not come to school, but parents will be expected to attend our annual Fall Parent-Conference Day. Teachers are scheduling conferences from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On this day, parents will also receive their child’s report card. Staying at school until 7 p.m. is tough on teachers because they have to be back at school early the next morning
But at Jemison Elementary School, teachers are committed to doing “Whatever It Takes” to make a difference in a child’s life.
—Louise Pitts is the principal of Jemison Elementary School.