One Class At A Time: Councill Elementary School teacher received grant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Wanda Murray knows all of the children she has taught – even her first kindergarten class from 38 years ago.

Murray was a student at Councill Elementary School.

In fact, she loved the school so much that she returned there to teach kindergarten. She’s been there, in the same classroom, for 38 years.

“I feel like this is the profession God intended me to be in,” Murray said.

She wanted to retire from Councill Elementary after one more year of teaching, but that won’t happen.

Councill is shutting down as a part of Birmingham’s school consolidation.

As such, she will have to continue her career at Bush Middle School K-8.

“What is it like to pack up a room where you spent most of your life? It’s hard. Real hard,” Murray stated. “I keep running across memories, and then I try to pack and I stop and get me some Kleenex. And then I move on, and I wipe again and pack a little more.”

Even though she’s moving to a new classroom, CBS42 wanted her final year to be special.

Murray is this week’s recipient of CBS42’s One Class At A Time grant.

She was excited to win the money, since it will now allow her to continue her mission of transforming lives for one more year.

“That’s the joy of it – to know that you have dome something to make someone a better individual,” Murray said. “Or that maybe you have had some part in guiding them in the right direction. That’s the joy of it. That’s teaching.”

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