Students in many Jackson County schools will see new faces in their classrooms as this school year begins. Recently, these new educators for the county system attended a new teacher workshop to learn more about the operations and expectations of the system. Kevin Dukes, Jackson County Superintendent of Education, welcomed these teachers.
Bridgeport Middle School welcomes Traci Redditt as a seventh and eighth grade social studies and language arts teacher. She attended the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida. She is married to Delbert Redditt, and they have two grown children, Terra Leigh, 25, and Cheyenne Dawn, 22. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities, history, and exploring.
Redditt believes that every child has something they are good at.
“My job is to help them discover it and reach their fullest potential,” she said. “I work with parents, school staff, and others to lead, guide, and offer wisdom and advice to students in their journey to adulthood.”
Kayla Hammonds will be teaching first grade at Rosalie Elementary School. She attended Ider High School and the University of Alabama. Hammonds enjoys spending time with her family especially her two nephews. She also likes playing with her dogs, weekend adventures in Chattanooga, and relaxing with a good book.
“I believe that children are able to reach the potential they believe they can reach,” said Hammonds. “My job as an educator is to highlight their strengths, push them to surpass their weaknesses, and show them that learning is an adventure to embrace and love.”
Section High School will have Regina Tidmore Jones as a reading specialist serving students in grades kindergarten through third. She is a Section native and a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Northeast Alabama Community College. Jones is a National Board certified teacher. She has two grown children, Pierce, 24, and Tatem, 22.
“In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn,” Jones said.
She enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking. She also likes to read and is a fan of the Auburn Tigers and the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks.
Mark Patterson will be a third grade math teacher at Rosalie Elementary School. He attended Sylvania High School, Huntingdon College, and the University of West Alabama. Patterson favors collaborative teaching. He is married to Laura Patterson.
Stevenson Middle School welcomes Callie Porter as an eighth grade history teacher. She graduated from Haleyville High School and Martin Methodist College. Porter is married to Cole Porter and enjoys coaching softball, hiking, and reading.
Porter believes that classrooms can be viewed as a community.
“Everyone can depend on everyone in there,” she added. “Everyone can learn at any age. Learning is like growing and to continue to grow, we need to learn.”
Woodville High School adds three new educators to their faculty this year. They are Dreema Holliday, Amy L. Stills and Hannah Vann.
Holliday will be teaching second grade. She is a graduate of Sardis High School and Jacksonville State University.
“My philosophy of education is to make a difference in a child’s life,” said Holliday. “We never know what kind of impact we can make in a child’s life just by believing in them.”
Stills is a special education teacher who will be serving students in grades fifth through seventh. She is a Woodville native and attended Athens State University and the University of West Alabama.
She and her husband, Tommy Stills, are the parents of eight-year-old Colt. Stills attends Woodville Baptist Church where she is the Vacation Bible School director, a Sunday School teacher, and Awana leader. She enjoys spending time with her family when she is not working.
“I believe that all students are capable of achieving their goals,” said Stills. “My job is to provide my students with a safe learning environment in order to help them meet with success.”
Vann will be teaching fifth grade reading, English language arts, and social studies. She is a graduate of North Sand Mountain and Faulkner University. She is married to Tyler Vann and loves spending time with her family and being involved in sports.
“In my classroom, I want my students to feel safe,” said Vann. “My students’ voices will always be honored. I want my students to grow and have fun learning.”
The new secondary teachers and support personnel for the Jackson County School System will be featured in separate articles.