Degrees and Certifications:
M.S. Ed, Elementary Education, Samford; M.A. English, UAB; B.S. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Biology/Chemistry), UAB
Mrs. Cindy Peavy
I didn’t set out to become a teacher. But my life has zigzagged inevitably toward that destination. It started with a passion for learning and an insatiable curiosity.
Along the way, though, I had fulfilled every elective with writing and literature courses, unintentionally earning more than a minor in English. While many of the science and math courses I’d taken were not by choice—biochemistry and Calculus II come immediately to mind!—I realized that I’d taken every English class because I’d wanted to be there. So when I decided to go to graduate school, I went on to earn a Master of Arts in English and afterwards taught freshman composition and sophomore literature at UAB and Samford University for several years.
Having a son, however, began to change the direction of my path once again. Nothing I had ever done compared to the joy of teaching Marcus to read and write, the excitement of watching him learn something new. So when he entered third grade, I returned to graduate school to pursue a career in teaching.
After earning a Master of Science in elementary education at Samford, I taught for two years at Valley Intermediate in Pelham before joining Highlands School where Marcus attended. During my eight years at Highlands, I taught fourth and fifth grade language arts, as well as after-school and summer creative writing classes.
Because of my love of learning, I’ve worked to grow as a teacher. For two summers, I participated in the Red Mountain Writing Project (the local affiliate of the National Writing Project), one year as a fellow and the second as a mentor. Currently, I work with the Project on the leadership team, focusing on the on-going training of teachers of writing, along with developing the middle school summer writing camp at UAB. I’ve also attended and presented at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conferences, as well as local and regional conferences, and in April 2009, I worked at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Maine as an intern with Nancie Atwell, considered by many to be the nation’s leading teacher of writing before she retired.
Some things do. However, I’ve learned to appreciate the indirect route that led me into teaching. Every zig, every zag has shaped me and made me more. So it’s with anticipation that I begin a new year at Mountain Brook Elementary, eager to see what direction this new year will take me.
M.S.Ed, Elementary Education K-8, Samford UniversityM.A.,English, UABB.S. Natural Science and Mathematics (Biology and Chemistry concentration),UAB