We Congratulate Whitney Walden!
Abbeville Christian Academy
Whitney Walden teaches first grade at Abbeville Christian Academy. She’s been teaching for six years, spending four years at ACA.
Taylor Murphy’s son is in Walden’s class. She says, “Mrs. Whitney goes above and beyond to provide a healthy learning environment for her students. We appreciate the way she keeps us informed day to day. She’s gone out of her way multiple times this year to provide at-home study materials and fun ideas to help my son in areas he struggles with the most.”
“I try to always communicate with [my students’] parents as much as I can,” Walden says. “Building positive relationships with my parents is very important to me and to the growth of their child’s education.”
Walden was inspired to become a teacher by her mother, who taught PreKindergarten. Walden got her first taste of teaching in high school at Abbeville Christian, where she was a teacher’s aide. She says working for her alma mater is a blessing.
“Here we have a saying: ACA is family. This is so true to me. Not only do I have wonderful students with supportive parents, but I also have a wonderful and supportive administration, as well as fellow teachers who motivate and support me daily.”
Walden’s students play a big part in keeping her motivated, as well. She says she loves to see their progress. Visits and hugs from former students don’t hurt either.
Walden says she works to incorporate new and fun ways of learning based on her students’ interests, including “Flashlight Friday,” in which students bring sleeping bags and flashlights to spend the afternoon reading.
She hopes her students leave her with a life-long love of reading.
“Teaching kids to read is one of the things I love most about my job,” she says. “It brings me so much joy to see how excited my students are to pick out books from our class library and just sit and read independently.”
Whitney Walden received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Troy University – Dothan. She and her husband, Wesley, have been married for nine years. They have a daughter, Lauren (3).