Gordon Lee High’s Mandy Sturdivant encourages kids to succeed

Some of the best teachers make an impact far beyond the classroom.

At Gordon Lee High School there’s one special teacher who wants her kids to think beyond their school years.

Mandy Sturdivant is this week’s Golden Apple Award winner.

Walk into Mandy Sturdivant’s Journalism class and you instantly feel the energy…

The 23 year veteran teacher says the tight family atmosphere of Gordon Lee High School is a perfect fit & these kids are her inspiration, "They make coming to work interesting every day. Every day’s a new experience. There’s not any day that’s the same as yesterday."

Sturdivant says the smaller school (enrollment at the High School is just roughly 420) means she gets to know her kids.

She teaches 10th & 12th grade English, serves as yearbook advisor, Work Based Learning coordinator and head cheerleading coach.

Parents say she’s always there to push her kids along.

Stacy Smith reads from her Golden Apple nomination letter, "She sees the best in her students and tries to show them they can be someone no matter what."

Smith works along side Sturdivant and her oldest daughter is a former student.

Smith says the teacher’s encouragment and "can do" attitude has lead to years of successful graduates, "They keep coming back to visit her year after year."

Ms. Sturdivant says that’s part of what makes her job so rewarding… watching her kids achieve and grow, "I want to show them what there is after they finish these four years here at Gordon Lee."

Categories: Education, Golden Apple Award, Local News, Walker County

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