Meet the Teacher
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, for 27 years. I have two children. Emily is 21 years old and is a Senior at Auburn University. Emily is double majoring in chemistry and secondary education and has a minor in Spanish. Chandler is 16 years old and is a Junior at Athens High School. He loves playing basketball and being with his friends. 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 and have now been teaching a total of 10 years. 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.
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 first 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!
Research shows that reading aloud to children is the best way to help them succeed academically. Each night, the student will bring home a book and/or some type of passage to read. Please plan 20 minutes of nightly reading.