Phone: 256-741-4955


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Secondary Education/English Language Arts

Cole Heard

I am 35 years old and this will be my eighth year teaching. I have taught English grades 8-11, standard and Pre-AP. I have also taught Spanish and facilitated an ACCESS computer lab. I have spent three years teaching in an alternative school setting. I graduated with honors from Jacksonville State University, majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts 

I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated. By connecting the content with the students' interests, developing diverse lessons, and actively engaging the students in the lesson, I believe I can create an environment conducive to learning. As a teacher, I will be a mentor, a role model, and a professional. My ultimate goal in teaching is to gain the students' interest in all forms of literature.  It has become a negative consensus among most high school students that English and all topics associated are boring.  My hopes are to be able to show students how literature affects their lives.  I believe the best way to teach is to relate the subject matter to the student.  I want to show the students how Shakespeare has influenced modern pop songs or movies.  I want to show them how Chaucer's interpretation of medieval society relates to today's society.  I want them to realize the poetry in the music they listen to, the theater in the television they watch, the script writing in the video games they play, and the drama in the movies they see on the weekends.  I hope to stimulate their minds by encouraging and developing their creative writing skills.  By devising interesting and thought-provoking topics, I want to set a fire in the pens they hold in their hands.  If I can help my students find enjoyment in reading and writing and become proficient in their abilities, it will further prepare them for college and the world outside of the classroom walls. 

"Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education."-Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)