JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It was no April Fools prank that brought us to Amanda Stevens’ classroom at Jonesboro Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies Magnet.
We walked into Stevens’ second grade classroom, noting her nomination letter stated she makes a special impression on her students.
She became a teacher after completing her degree at ASU as a single mother with two teenage girls.
"My girls are my life so they honestly give me the motivation so that I am where I am," said Stevens.
Now, she’s in her second year of teaching.
She said she works to support her students each day, just as the Arkansas Baptist Jonesboro Family Care Program for single mothers supported her in her dreams to be a teacher.
"I've definitely come a long way. This is the first big award I've ever gotten," said Stevens.
She hopes her story encourages other single mothers to pursue their dreams.
“Don’t give up. Find a support system. A big support system is going to help you tremendously," said Stevens.
She said she wants to continue motivating her students and her daughters to achieve whatever they can accomplish.