Teacher Andy Felt knows a thing or two about struggling to stay in school, and he also knows the value of having a teacher who could help him turn that struggle into success.
“I had a pretty severe case of ADD as a child, and by the time I was 16, I was failing many classes and was ready to drop out of school,” he said. “Many of the people who knew me as a teenager are very surprised to find out that I am now a teacher.”
And not only is Felt “a teacher,” these days, this high school science instructor was chosen by his peers as this year’s system-wide “Teacher of the Year,” a mark of teaching excellence.
Felt’s journey to this point has not been a straight path, but one that has taken several twists and turns. It began at a new high school where his parents hoped to give him a “fresh start.” And it was there, he said, that he found himself in classrooms with several excellent teachers, one in particular.
Andy Felt is Madison County's 2011 "Teacher of the Year."
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