May teacher of the month: Debbie Perkins

May teacher of the month: Debbie Perkins

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 teacher is thankful after she was selected as our May teacher of the month for the 2014-2015 school year.

Debbie Perkins, a 5th grade social studies teacher at Carroll Smith Elementary School in Osceola, was nominated by the parent of one of her students.

That parent said Mrs. Perkins always goes the extra mile to make sure her students succeed.

Perkins has 30 years of experience in the education field, teaching in Oklahoma and Tennessee, with most of her years at Carroll Smith Elementary School.

Perkins describes her beginning in the education field as a failure-success story.

"I went to school to become a special accountant," Perkins said. " I was going to go to all the fabulous hotels and do their books, and eat fabulously, and do fabulous work."

Perkins hit a snag on the road to success when she was failing a college economics class.

"An economics professor called me and he told I will drop your 19 F if you will study, Study, study and bring it up to C," Perkins said. "Then, promise you'll get out of all the economics and all the accounting classes and not be an accountant."

With help from that professor, Perkins got connected with another professor who worked in the education field.

She said she is very grateful for that conversation with her economics professor.

"When children don't quite make where they should be, I ask what we can do to change this and where do we want to be?" Perkins said. "I think that inspired me to be a better teacher from all the years."

Perkins said her students are very close to her and she enjoys visiting with them years later, as they transition into adulthood.

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