We Congratulate Courtney Ingram!
Rehobeth Elementary School
Courtney Ingram has been a teacher at Rehobeth Elementary School for going on 12 years.
“Teaching gives me the opportunity to give in so many ways. It is truly a gift to be able to witness children grow and learn.”
As a first grade teacher, Ingram covers all subjects in her classroom, but this past school year was not like her other ten years in education. This year, technology played a much larger role.
“One of the most awesome things that came out of teaching during the pandemic was being able to witness the students – and parents – step up to the plate and become as tech savvy as any first graders I have ever had the privilege to teach. They navigated new computer programs and tools without batting an eye! Incredible!”
Mrs. Ingram was nominated for the Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month a half dozen times over the course of the 2020-21 school year. Teresa Hampton, whose son was in Ingram’s class this year, says they couldn’t have asked for a better teacher during this challenging year.
“She has been so supportive,” Hampton says. “Weekly phone calls, answering all of my questions, providing extra information tailored to my son’s learning, encouraging her students by celebrating accomplishments with the class, and has helped me feel confident in my son’s education.”
Ingram’s husband, Terry, says she was up “before the sun every morning posting helpful links for students and [making] calls every week to check on students and their progress.” He says at the same time, she was helping their own kids with daily lessons and checking over their work at home.
Another parent, Kayla Johnson, says Ingram is full of energy and keeps her students engaged, a feat that Ingram admits is constantly changing.
“I find that lasting motivation often comes from success,” Ingram says.
“A student that realizes they can be successful, is one that will be motivated to achieve that feeling of success time and time again in whatever they endeavor. I try and guide children to be their own motivation so their successes are that much sweeter.”
She adds that she hopes her students “understand that mistakes are only opportunities to grow and learn and that nothing is more rewarding than seeing your hard work pay off.”
Courtney Ingram received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy University. She and her husband, Terry, have four children: John, Ilee, and twins Birdie and James.