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Madison Cross Roads teacher named Teacher of the Year

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Dorothy Strong of Madison Cross Roads was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. Dorothy Strong of Madison Cross Roads was named Elementary Teacher of the Year.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Madison County Schools has named Dorothy Strong as their Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Strong comes from a family of educators; both her mother and father taught school.

"Education was something that we constantly lived, talked, breathed, and so I didn't think there was any other career choice for me," she said.

She admitted the career has its challenges.

"You know, when I started teaching, it was gum chewing, running in the hall. Today, we have a whole range of issues, from illiteracy, poverty, children who have a very unstable home life, learning disabilities, lack of funding."

Besides all of that, she said a lot of us don't realize how difficult it is to be a teacher.

"I know a lot of people seem to think we leave at 3 p.m., we don't. A lot of people seem to think we don't work on weekends, we do. And a lot of people seem to think that we have our summers free, and we don't," said Strong.

But, Mrs. Strong said there's no other career she'd choose.

"I love my students, I love my colleagues, I love the challenge, I love finding new materials, finding new strategies. I like the challenge of finding a student who's maybe struggling a little bit, not responding well to the program that they're using and then finding that program that just works exactly like they need."

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