We Congratulate Alison Gilmore!
Cottonwood High School
Danielle Reinelt says her daughter’s 5th grade teacher was so much more than that. “She was a friend, second mama, and safe place for so many over the years. I’ve never met a teacher quite like her and my daughter will always call her Mama G.”
Alison Gilmore teaches 5th grade reading, grammar, and Alabama History at Cottonwood High School.
Mrs. Gilmore has been teaching 24 years, but being an educator wasn’t always the plan. Her original career choice was Chemical Engineer, but that all changed while she was attending college.
“When I was at Auburn, I would walk by the child study center each day, and my heart kept telling me that I needed to be in Education. So I changed my major to Elementary Education and never looked back. I haven’t regretted that decision.”
She says she gets her motivation from her students, adding that they inspire her daily. When it comes to motivating her students, Gilmore says that “looks different from year-to-year, month-to-month even.”
Reinelt says Mrs. Gilmore made school fun for her daughter.
“She made all children feel loved. And she was able to teach and make kids understand and learn however worked for them.”
“I feel like I am high energy in the classroom, always making up silly chants and cheers,” Gilmore says. “I also try to encourage my students to do their very best. If they know I truly care about them and am cheering them on, I feel like they will work hard to accomplish their goals.”
She says the relationships she develops with her students and their families are the most rewarding things about her career. With more than two decades in the classroom, Gilmore says she’s had plenty of favorite moments in her career. While she can’t narrow it down to just one, she says “those lightbulb moments, students returning to tell me something that I did that helped them, and hearing about former students’ accomplishments” really stick out.at.“
Gilmore says when she saw she had been nominated for Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month, she started to cry happy tears.
“To know that I made an impact on [Reinelt’s] child made my day. And when I received the message that I had been selected it made my day again! Teachers just want to make a difference, and thankfully I seem to have done that.“
Alison Gilmore received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Auburn University. She and her husband, John, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons: Ty, who is a student at UAB and is a Combat Medic with the Alabama National Guard, and Clayton, who just graduated from Cottonwood High School and plans to attend Faulkner University in the fall.