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Abby Bontrager

Hey everyone! My name is Abby Bontrager, and I am overjoyed to be apart of the kindergarten team at Cherokee Bend Elementary! I was born and raised in Indiana until I moved to the south to attend Samford University, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. This degree certifies me to teach Early Childhood, Special Education, Elementary, and Elementary Collaborative. I began my teaching career in another Birmingham school district, teaching 1st grade for 2 years until I began my time as a Chief last year. I firmly believe in creating a classroom that is built on mutual trust and respect, leading to an effective and welcoming classroom environment. Students thrive in an environment where they know they are cared for, known, and valued. Getting to support students in this way is one of my favorite aspects of being a teacher! 
Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, reading, and going to concerts. I love being active, playing tennis and pickleball, and traveling. If I could, I would spend all my time at the beach!
Being a teacher is my favorite job in the world. I am so excited for another great year at Cherokee Bend!