Teacher Spotlight: Ms. April Clark
Congratulations to Ms. April Clark, a first grade teacher at Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!
When Ms. Clark was growing up, she felt that school was a refuge. She says that she loved going because it was a place she could feel safe and confident. Hoping to give that feeling to other children is why, at the young age of six, she decided she wanted to teach. Having lived in the Huntsville area since 1990, she says that she feels a strong connection to the area. When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Clark says she enjoys seeing students out and about in the community. She and her husband spend a lot of time supporting their daughter and son, who play volleyball and piano, respectively. When they get the chance, however, they enjoy spending time outdoors. The Clark family is also very active in their church.
“April is just an amazing teacher,” says Principal Jennifer Douthit, “she meets every child where they are and is able to move them forward.” Students in Ms. Clarks class are always very busy, and Ms. Clark says they even have a “working snack” so the learning can continue without interruption. This doesn’t mean the kids aren’t enjoying themselves, as Ms. Clark works hard to make sure that all of her lessons are hands-on and fun, but they also remain effective. Ms. Douthit says, “she has children who weren’t reading when they came to her in first grade [now] reading on second grade levels and third grade levels.” Another of Ms. Clark’s students, Cooper Carter, says that he met his AR goals two times, and he is “almost finished” reading a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book now. That book series is generally rated at a reading level between grades three and five.
Ms. Clark says, “the community is great: the parent support, our administrator support, the teachers that work here,” but her classroom also stands as a testament to the positive impact an exceptional teacher can have on young lives.