North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


August 10, 2012

Progress 2012: Teacher loves life in Morris


Shelly Crumley is a teacher at Bryan Elem­entary School in Morris and has been in the field of education for around 20 years. She moved with her husband and two children to Morris four years ago. In that short time, she has grown fond of Morris after moving from Hayden. 

“We love it,” she said. “We actually live in a neighborhood. I know every neighbor on the street. We know each other’s children. It’s the kind of thing where we’re literally standing on the front porch at dark saying, ‘everybody needs to go to their respective homes.’ They play outside. They’re active.”

Crumley felt that her job as a teacher was a not entirely her choice. 

“It’s a calling,” she said. “I told my principal [Debra Campbell] today I didn’t choose to be a teacher, it chose me. There were a lot of discussions about it, especially with my father, because he wasn’t sure that it was the best choice. I thought about other things. I thought about law school. But this is what I love.” 

Even in spite of the recent robbery at Peoples Bank, Morris has made Crumley and her family feel safe. She commented on the presence of policemen in the area, which is 24 hours a day. 

“It makes me feels very safe,” she said. “It makes me happy to have that small town, community feel. I like seeing that police car creeping through my cul-de-sac.”

Crumley teaches part-time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has taught fourth, fifth and sixth grades. She is currently teaching third grade. 

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