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Phone: 256.230.2880


Degrees and Certifications:

AA Certificate Elementary Education, Alabama A & M University M.S. Elementary Education, Alabama A & M University B.S. Elementary Education, Athens State College

Mrs. Shane Leopard

Hi! My name is Shane Leopard.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart Larry Leopard, an engineer at NASA, since 1990.  I have two children. Emily is married to Will Harris and teaches Chemistry at James Clemens High School. Chandler graduated from Athens High School in 2019. He currently is studying engineering at Auburn University and is on the Auburn basketball team. I love worshipping with my family at Hays Mill Church of Christ, attending ballgames, shopping, and eating out.  

My wonderful teachers at Elkmont High School inspired me to become a teacher.  I attended the University of Alabama for one year and then completed my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Athens State College.  I earned both a Master's Degree and a AA Certificate in Elementary Education at Alabama A & M University.  I began teaching first grade in 1990.  After five years of teaching, I decided to leave the classroom to be a stay-at-home-mom. During this time, I attended workshops and college classes to keep abreast of the current trends in education.  I also presented at numerous educational workshops and volunteered in the community.  After 17 years, I returned to the first grade classroom in 2012. In 2013, I was honored to be chosen as the Brookhill Elementary Teacher of the Year, the Athens City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, and the Alabama District VIII Teacher of the Year.  In 2019, I transferred to AIS to teach fifth grade ELA and Social Studies. In 2020-2021, I was blessed to be recognized as both the Athens Intermediate Teacher of the Year and the Athens City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year. I currently teach fifth grade ELA. 

According to Socrates,  "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."  This thought expressed so long ago is the way I feel about my role as a teacher of young children.  I do not believe that my primary role is to "fill their vessel."  It is my responsibility to "light the flame" in my students in order to motivate them to want to learn, to want to know more, to want to do well, and to push themselves to a higher level.  In order to do this, I try to show them how excited I am about learning something new and I celebrate their learning and accomplishments with them.  I want to inspire them to keep learning themselves long after their formal school years end.

I am thrilled that I get to teach your child in fifth grade this year!  I am dedicated to making this a busy, productive, and terrific year for all of my students!  I will be communicating with you often about my classroom plans, your child’s progress, school events, and other activities as they arise.  I am looking forward to sharing this year with you and your child.  Let the adventure begin!


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