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Dames Ferry teacher rolls with the punches

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    Alison Doremus poses for a photo with her husband, Kraig Doremus, who works at Mercer University. JEFF REED/Contributed

Alison Doremus, a teacher at Dames Ferry Elementary School, is new in town. She is learning to take each day as it comes within the classroom and give her students the education they deserve.

Doremus said she recently moved to Georgia from Kingsport, Tennessee because she got married and her husband got a job at Mercer University. She said she’s enjoying Jones County so far and what it has to offer.

“I like the small town feel of Jones County and everyone seems very welcoming,” she said. “Everyone is very passionate about helping students and supporting teachers at the schools. It’s smaller than where I’m from.”

She said she was excited to find out she’d be teaching at Dames Ferry and finding a teaching job has been a blessing. She said she researched the school, and she thinks it’s going to be a great school to teach at.

“I’m teaching fourth grade this year, which I have never taught. I was a fifth grade teacher previously, so I’m excited to be in a new grade. I feel like I know where they need to be by the end of the year so they can prepare for fifth grade,” Doremus said.

The teacher said she attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama to get her teaching degree. She said it’s a small Christian university that her sister attended, so she also decided to attend.

“They had a strong education program, so I knew it was a good school,” the teacher said. “They definitely prepared me for the classroom. I feel like my education and experience can bring a lot to Dames Ferry.”

Doremus said she always wanted to be a teacher growing up. The school she attended growing up was multi-age, so she had the same teacher for multiple grades. She said the teacher she had really inspired her to become a teacher.

“I liked reading a lot growing up. I read Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables a lot. The characters from those two series were teachers, and that helped to push me even further into wanting to become a teacher,” Doremus said.

She said she likes the STEM focus of Dames Ferry and is excited to be involved in that process with her students. She said she feels those subjects are important for students to get a good foundation in.

“I’m excited to get settled into the community and learn about the area my students are coming from,” she said. “I’m also excited to continue to learn and grow with my students and really get to know how fourth graders are.”

Doremus said she doesn’t know what this year will look like due to COVID-19. But she’s up for the challenge and will take the changes as they come. She said she plans to be flexible and take each day one at a time.

“Something I’ve learned in my education career is that something unexpected always comes up,” the teacher said. “You plan and you’re prepared as much as you can be. You always have to be ready to make adjustments because kids and education are dynamic.”