Adair County Elementary School held a reception on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 after school to celebrate the retirement of three ACES family members. Alissa Barnes (school counselor), Amy Walker (4th grade reading teacher), and Marian Grant (Title 1 teacher) have decided to end their professions in education.
Mrs. Alissa Barnes began her career in 1990 while teaching math at Lebanon Middle School. In 1994, she and her husband, Bob, returned to their hometown of Columbia where she began as a music teacher for the county schools of Shepherd, Sparksville, and Knifley. In 1995 – 2001, she returned to teaching math at John Adair Intermediate School. When the county schools closed, Mrs. Barnes accepted the position as school counselor at Adair County Elementary School, and other than a one year return to John Adair as their school counselor, she concluded her career at ACES. “Teaching is like the Army. It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love,” says Mrs. Barnes of teaching. Mrs. Barnes and her husband, Bob, have two children: Logan and Payton.
Mrs. Amy Walker began her career at Shepherd Grade Center in 1991. During her fifteen years at Shepherd, she taught preschool, 1st grade, and writing. In 2006 when the county schools closed, Mrs. Walker moved to Adair County Elementary School where she completed her career teaching 4th grade reading. “I didn’t decide to teach,” says Mrs. Walker, “it was a calling that became a passion.” Mrs. Walker and her husband, Dicky, have two daughters: Katy who is married to Seth Coomer, and Abby.
Mrs. Marian Grant began her career in 1991 in Russell County as an ISBM (In School Behavior Modification) teacher. Also, during her time at Russell County, she taught subjects such as Career Choices, English, and World History. In 2001, she accepted a job in Adair County as interment counselor at Shepherd, Sparksville and Knifley Grade Centers. After three years, she accepted a position at Knifley Grade Center as a Social Studies teacher. Upon closing of the county schools, Mrs. Grant moved to Adair County Elementary School where she taught a variety of subjects such as Social Studies, Language Arts, and Practical Living. During her last 1 ½ years at ACES she has been a teacher in the Title 1 program. Extra duties for Mrs. Grant during her career have been ACHS Girls Golf and Tennis coach, Shepherd Elementary Girls Basketball coach and currently ACMS assistant cheerleader sponsor. Mrs. Grant leaves her career in education with advice to students: “My favorite quote in life is one from a very famous coach, Jim Valvano. It is a quote that is simple, easy to understand, and fits all situations – ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ ”