(WTVY) Enterprise State Community College Adult Education Instructor, Michele Langley, was recently named "Alabama Adult Education Teacher of the Year" at the Adult Education Summer Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. “Michele Langley is definitely an instructor who has made a significant contribution toward the furtherance of adult education in Geneva County, Alabama,” says Dr. Terri Dunn, Director of Adult Education at Enterprise State Community College. “Ms. Langley first began teaching adult education classes to male inmates in the Walton County Florida Correctional Institution in 1994. Three years later, she began teaching GED classes at Geneva High School in the evenings, while teaching English and History at the high school as a full-time teacher during the day. Twenty-one years later, she is still pouring her heart and soul into the program,” says Dunn.
Ms. Langley, like many adult education instructors, has students come to her after dropping out of high school, after being laid off from their jobs, and after local factories have closed down. Students who sign up for her class often knew her from the high school, and eventually came to her for help. Over the years, she has helped more than 160 students obtain their GED. She smiles as she talks about former students who have gone on to have successful careers. Among those are nurses and admissions clerks who work in the local hospital, aviation mechanics at the Ft. Rucker Army Base, and one who manages the local Wal-Mart.
Fellow colleague, Ms. Cathy Ellison, says she sees how Ms. Langley goes above and beyond to help the students in her adult education class in Geneva. “This past year, Ms. Langley even gave up her high school planning period to help one of her Adult Education students finish her GED,” said Ellison. “The student had been hired for the night-shift at a local company and could no longer make Ms. Langley’s evening classes. So, to accommodate this student, Ms. Langley gave up her high school planning period to work with the student. This student not only passed her GED, but also received a scholarship and is attending Enterprise State Community College. Her accomplishments would not have been possible without Ms. Langley’s extra effort." stated Ellison.
“There are so many success stories that can be attributed to Michele Langley’s hard work and dedication,” says Dr. Dunn. “She has received recognition for her work at the high school three times and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2003, 2006, and 2012. Now it’s time to give her the recognition she deserves for her work in the adult education program. “She is certainly deserving of the Teacher of the Year Award in Adult Education,” says Dunn.