She attended the public school systems of Covington County, Alabama and graduated from Red Level High School in 1984. While at Red Level High School, she played basketball, was a cheerleader and was in marching and concert band. She was the president of the Beta Club and a member of the Science, Math and Business Competing Teams.
In September, 1985, she entered Auburn University and received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education (Elementary Education), a minor in psychology and a concentration in science while graduating with high honor in March of 1988. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta, National Honor and Professional Association in Education (Auburn University Chapter Gamma Theta). More recently, she has completed her masters degree in elementary education and finalized a degree as an educational specialist. Both degrees were completed through University of West Alabama.
Mrs. Newton began her teaching career in August of 1988 at Ladonia Elementary School, Phenix City, Alabama. She entered the Lauderdale County School System in August of 2000. She has worked and coordinated gifted education services through county-wide teaching and curriculum development. Her masters work is in elementary education. She also has an educational specialist endorement/AA certification.
She is the daughter of James Troy and Crystell Prestwood of Andalusia, Alabama. She has one sister, Debbie Prestwood Turman. Both of her parents and her sister are educators. Her father coached basketball for 27 years, taught history, health, driver's education and business while eventually becoming a principal. Her mother was a special education teacher of 14 years and eventually became a librarian to complete her 25 year service. Her sister is an elementary major whose masters is in library science. She is presently a librarian at Straughn High School in Andalusia, Alabama.
In 1989, Mrs. Newton married Steven Rex Newton of Rogersville, Alabama. He works for Wyle Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama . They have 4 sons, Seth, Heath, Reid and Will from ages 21 to 26 and live in Rogersville, Alabama. Seth is an electrical engineer at Fort Benning and lives in Auburn, Alabama. Heath is a senior in mechanist/welding/technologies. Reid is a junior at Athens State pursuing a degree in education. Will is a sophmore at Auburn University and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.
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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
In other words, school is not worksheets and busy work. It is interaction and the experiencing of interesting content. Then....the child wants to learn more!
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One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but the warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.