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Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Deborah Ledbetter

Congratulations to Ms. Deborah Ledbetter of Providence Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight!

Ms. Ledbetter has been teaching in Huntsville City Schools for over twenty-five years.  Coming from Thomas Elementary School in Shelbyville, TN, she has taught 3rd-5th grades and also been part of the At-Risk Program.  She is currently teaching 5th grade at Providence Elementary.  She and her husband of twenty-seven years have a daughter who has recently graduated from the University of Memphis, where she earned a degree in hospitality and resort management.  Ms. Ledbetter was the third child in a family of ten, and says she realized she was called to teach when she was in the third grade.  Her mother often relied on her to attend parent conferences for her younger siblings, which seems to have had an impact on her wish to help others learn.  When she isn't teaching, though, Ms. Ledbetter does enjoy exercising and staying fit, as well as college basketball and football - specifically the University of Tennessee.

"She's always looking out for us, and she's always doing the right thing for us," says Ethan Harris, one of Ms. Ledbetter's students.  She has an obvious passion for her students and her role as an educator, and says "I love the kids, and I love the interaction.  It's my way of giving back."  Providence Elementary Principal Paul Bonner says, "the kids love her, they think the world of her."  According to him, the students feel that way towards her because of the high standard to which she holds them, adding that "she never lets her children fail, and she doesn't give them grades.  She makes them do the work, and learn how to do it."  Giana Pierson confirmed that theory, explaining that "she cares about us like a family - she would do anything for us, but she wants us to do our work."  Walking into her classroom during any given class, one can expect to find students that are deeply engaged, solving problems, and asking questions.  These are all hallmarks of the experience and effectiveness that Ms. Ledbetter brings to her classroom.

Ms. Ledbetter says that she hopes her students "learn something new every day." It's safe to say that, thanks to her, they are.

Each week, ETV will showcase an outstanding Huntsville City Schools educator as a feature in the “Teacher Spotlight." Highlighted recipients receive gifts from SchoolCraft.