“Students see a teacher’s attitude about learning and work,” Duncan said. “A teacher spends about 8 hours a day with students, and their attitude about learning really transfers to her/his students.”
Duncan first moved to the Tuscaloosa area to attend The University of Alabama – where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree. She and her family have lived in Tuscaloosa and Northport ever since.
For the past decade, Duncan has been teaching at Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School. Currently, she’s teaching first grade. From the exciting first days of school to teaching a student to read, she says every year brings new opportunities to make special memories for both her and her students.
“One former student’s mother asked me to write her a letter when she was graduating from the University of Alabama, because I had been her favorite teacher,” Duncan said. “One of the biggest accomplishments is seeing and hearing from former students and them saying I was their favorite teacher.”
For Duncan, her success is being willing to work hard for the good of her students. She believes she became the person, and teacher, she is today, because she had many inspiring teachers of her own to look up to.
“My most favorite teacher was my Home Economics teacher from high school,” Duncan said. “She saw leadership qualities in me that I did not know existed. It made a huge difference in my life.”