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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Madison, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Madison.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Madison, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Madison. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Madison, AL, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Madison. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Madison, AL

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Madison to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Madison.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Madison, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Madison, AL

AHSAA Baseball Semifinals: Russellville, G.W. Long, Hartselle advance to state finals

Russellville will get a chance to defend its 5A state championship.The Tigers scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to break a Game 3 deadlock and went on to a 5-0 victory over Madison Academy on Friday to advance to next week’s state finals.No. 4 Russellville will play No. 2 Holtville in the championship series. The Tigers (33-12) will be looking for their fifth state title.Canyon Pace’s 3-run homer in the fifth proved to be all his team needed. It was one of his two hits on the day. Casen Heaps added a 2-run do...

Russellville will get a chance to defend its 5A state championship.

The Tigers scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to break a Game 3 deadlock and went on to a 5-0 victory over Madison Academy on Friday to advance to next week’s state finals.

No. 4 Russellville will play No. 2 Holtville in the championship series. The Tigers (33-12) will be looking for their fifth state title.

Canyon Pace’s 3-run homer in the fifth proved to be all his team needed. It was one of his two hits on the day. Casen Heaps added a 2-run double in the sixth to finish the scoring.

Samuel Pace shut out the Mustangs on 3 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 6.

Bump Burgreen had all 3 of Madison Academy’s hits.

The Mustangs finished 30-15.

The 5A championship series opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park. It will conclude Thursday at 4 p.m. at Jacksonville State.

CLASS 6A

Hartselle 11-5, Hazel Green 5-1

After a heartbreaking finish to the 2021 season, Hartselle now has its chance at redemption and another state title.

The Tigers swept Hazel Green on Friday night, punching their ticket into the championship series next week in Oxford. It comes a year after Hartselle scored the apparent winning run against Faith Academy in the bottom of the seventh inning only to have it erased on an appeal play. The Rams went on to win in the eighth and claim the title.

Now, the top-ranked Tigers are back.

In the opener Friday, Hartselle took an 8-1 lead after four innings and cruised. The Tigers pounded out 13 hits. Peyton Steele homered, Eli Tidwell had 2 hits and 3 RBIs and Cam Palahach had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Parker Hall homered and drove in 3 for Hazel Green. Landon Baeder had 3 hits and 2 RBIs.

William Turner allowed just 2 earned runs in seven innings for the victory. Jackson Hunter took the loss.

Elliott Bray was dominant in Game 2. He struck out 7, allowed just 4 hits and 1 run in seven innings. Coleman Mizell homered for the Tigers. Bray was 3-for-4 and Cade Miles had 2 RBIs.

Hartselle (37-4) will open the 6A championship series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park. Games 2 and 3 – if necessary – will start at 4 p.m. Friday at Jacksonville State.

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6-2, Pelham 3-6

Pelham and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa will go to a Game 3 Saturday to decide who faces No. 1 Hartselle in the state championship series.

The Panthers staved off elimination with a 6-2 win in the nightcap.

Cody Bethers and Jake Fox each drove in 2 runs. Zach Egan and Josh Calvert drove in 1 each.

JD Wilkins got the win. He went seven innings, striking out 11 and allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs.

Hillcrest won the opener 6-3.

Game 3 is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

CLASS 2A

G.W. Long 9, Ariton 5

G.W. Long already owns the most baseball titles in state history with 16.

The Rebels will get a chance to add to that next week.

G.W. Long broke a 4-4 tie with 5 runs in the fifth inning and went on to beat Ariton in Game 3 of their Class 2A semifinal series Friday afternoon. The two teams had split the first two games Thursday.

Mikey Vanderheyden’s sacrifice fly gave the Rebels the lead for good. Trevor Morris added an RBI single and Blayne McDaniel had a 2-run single.

The Rebels (32-7) will face Decatur Heritage (30-9) for the state title. Game 1 is schedule for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park.

Decatur Heritage 3, Mars Hill 1

Decatur Heritage scored 2 runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh and knocked off Mars Hill in Game 3 of their 2A semifinal series.

The Eagles (30-9) will play perennial power G.W. Long in the Class 2A championship series next week.

Nash Rippen drove in two runs for Decatur Heritage and Shine Barran drove in the third. Tyler Founds had a pair of hits.

Founds pitched the first 6.2 innings to get the win. Bo Solley got the final out for the save.

AHSAA SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS

CLASS 1A

Bayshore Christian (27-5) 5-8, Sweet Water (16-20) 3-7 (Bayshore Christian (27-5) wins series 2-0)

Lindsay Lane (28-6) 11-4, Donoho (21-7) 1-3 (Lindsay Lane (28-6) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 2A

G.W. Long (32-7) 7-7-0, Ariton (21-16) 3-8-5, (G.W. Long (32-7) wins series 2-1)

Decatur Heritage (30-9) 11-12-3, Mars Hill Bible (29-7) 16-2-1 (Decatur Heritage (30-9) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 3A

Trinity Presbyterian (31-6) 2-13-12, Thomasville (22-13) 7-3-4 (Trinity Presbyterian (31-6) wins series 2-1)

Piedmont (36-5) 0-16-8, Phil Campbell (30-9) 10-9-4 (Piedmont (36-5) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 4A

Mobile Christian (31-4) 7-14, Gordo (26-6) 5-1 (Mobile Christian (31-4) wins series 2-0)

Etowah (28-12) 5-3, Hamilton (27-14) 4-0 (Etowah (28-12) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 5A

Holtville (34-5) 2, 4-7, Headland (24-5) 2-2 (Holtville (34-5) wins series 2-0)

Russellville (33-12) 4-13-5, Madison Academy (30-15) 9-10-0 (Russellville (33-12) wins series 2-1)

CLASS 6A

Pelham (17-18-1) 3-6, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (24-13) 6-2 (Game 3, Sat., 1 p.m.)

Hartselle (37-4) 11-5, Hazel Green (25-16) 5-1 (Hartselle (37-4) wins series 2-0)

CLASS 7A

Auburn (29-7) 2-3 Central-Phenix City (32-9) 3-2 (Game 3, Sat., noon)

Hewitt-Trussville (30-4-1) 4-8, Vestavia Hills (24-17) 0-2 (Hewitt-Trussville (30-4-1) wins series 2-0)

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Interviews of Madison Board of Education finalists set for Wednesday

MADISON – Madison Board of Education soon will have a new member.The board seat for Luis Ferrer will revert to open in June. Ferrer has decided not to remain on the board. Madison Board of Education members serve five-year, staggered terms that expire on June 1.School board members do not run for office. No election is held.Residents Interested in serving on the board submitted their applications by April 4, and Madison City Council members reviewed the forms to select candidates for interviews. A...

MADISON – Madison Board of Education soon will have a new member.

The board seat for Luis Ferrer will revert to open in June. Ferrer has decided not to remain on the board. Madison Board of Education members serve five-year, staggered terms that expire on June 1.

School board members do not run for office. No election is held.

Residents Interested in serving on the board submitted their applications by April 4, and Madison City Council members reviewed the forms to select candidates for interviews. After several rounds of interviews, City Council selects the board member.

Council members will interview finalists on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room 130 at Madison City Hall. The meeting will be open to the public.

Five individuals are vying for the school board seat:

* Justen Alexander – Works as a substitute teacher for Madison City Schools. After attending Bob Jones High School, she graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2007. Alexander calls Madison home and lives in District 7.

Alexander serves on the PTA Board at Columbia Elementary School. She is a member of the nomination committee with Madison City Chess League.

* Jennessa Crossway — Works for Wellstone Behavioral Health. She attended Greenwood High School and then earned degrees from the University of Alabama and Argosy University in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Crossway is active with Rainbow Elementary School PTA and served as its Vice President from 2017 to 2019 on the Fundraising Board.

Crossway also has served on the MCS Special Education Committee from 2018 to 2020. She is a resident of District 7.

* Scott Newberry – Employed by HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He graduated from Grissom High School and then earned a degree at Auburn University in 2003.

Newberry is active with Rainbow Elementary PTA and serves as Parent Assistant Coach for Rainbow Chess Club. He lives in District 7.

* Stephanie Walker – Owns local media group, Rocket City Mom. She graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1995 and then attended the University of Montevallo. Since 2020, Walker has served as a board member of Madison Visionary Partners.

Walker has been a member of Madison City Council of PTAs for two years. She lives in District 5.

* Dr. Karockas Watkins — Works as CEO of Ability Plus Inc. Watkins attended Austin High School in Decatur and then enrolled at Kettering University and graduated in 1993. He earned a doctorate’s degree in theology in 2007 from North Carolina College of Theology.

Since 2018, Watkins has served as Workforce Vice President with Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered on the board of Hogan Family YMCA from 2016 to 2019 and as Chair of the Young Adult Committee for Greater Huntsville Rotary Club since 2015. He lives in District 4.

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Students can stop ‘summer slide’ in curriculum comprehension

MADISON – Summer serves as an effective ‘breather’ for youngsters and teens to decompress after a demanding school year. However, students of all ages risk a loss of their edge in various subjects away from the classroom.Summer learning loss is not a temporary phenomenon. Losses can accumulate over years, eventually resulting in performance below grade level for a student, according to Madison City Schools’ Instruction staff. (madisoncity.k12.al.us)However, summer learning loss is much less evident, or d...

MADISON – Summer serves as an effective ‘breather’ for youngsters and teens to decompress after a demanding school year. However, students of all ages risk a loss of their edge in various subjects away from the classroom.

Summer learning loss is not a temporary phenomenon. Losses can accumulate over years, eventually resulting in performance below grade level for a student, according to Madison City Schools’ Instruction staff. (madisoncity.k12.al.us)

However, summer learning loss is much less evident, or doesn’t occur at all, when students’ families take advantage of learning opportunities during summer.

Students in grades K-5 can participate in “elementary asynchronous learning” from June 6 to July 15. Asynchronous learning describes forms of education, instruction and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. (edglossary.org)

Most commonly, the term applies to various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based tasks. Students complete the work on their own, and they do not deliver material in person or in real time.

For MCS’ summer provisions, two MCS teachers from each grade level will post three lessons for both reading and math each week. Students will work on related activities to review and practice critical skills for that grade level.

If the child needs a challenge during the summer, he or she can access the upcoming grade-level review lessons. The teachers also will post guides for parents to use to help their child and to check for accuracy.

Teachers will not grade student assignments but will be available to assist by email and possibly WebEx for detailed explanations. By June 6, MCS staff will share details about the Schoology’s asynchronous class for each grade level.

For kindergarten, teacher Melissa Miller will assist with math, and Jennifer Corley will coordinate ELA or English Language Acquisition. ELA is a comprehensive class for English and Language Arts that can include reading, writing, grammar and spelling.

Hannah Bledsoe will assist first-graders for ELA. Teacher Stacy Branson will oversee math studies.

For second grade, teacher Megan Gowan will handle the ELA assignments. For math exercises, Bethany Sellers is the assigned teacher.

Beth Mattingly will help third-graders with ELA study. Karen Jump is the third-grade teacher that will help with math.

For the fourth-grade students, Kawana Gardner will assist with ELA assignments. Sarah Stewart will be available for math questions.

Annie Glass will be available for fifth-graders with ELA. For math in fifth grade, William Smoak will be the assigned teacher.

For more information, visit MCS Superintendent Ed Nichol’s weekly update at madisoncity.k12.al.us/Page/6288. Refer to links for ‘summer slide’ details.

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Bonnie Howard, Madison Elementary’s ‘Teacher of the Year,’ promotes collaboration

MADISON – At Madison Elementary School, Bonnie Howard strives to make the Library Media Center an extension of the classroom. Howard is 2022 “Teacher of the Year.”“Prior to becoming an educator, I was a Public Health Environmentalist for Madison County Department of Public Health. Madison Elementary School has been my home as an educator since 2012,” Howard said.Howard has taught all fifth-grade subjects and sixth-grade science and social studies. She now works with all students (grades K-5) as Lib...

MADISON – At Madison Elementary School, Bonnie Howard strives to make the Library Media Center an extension of the classroom. Howard is 2022 “Teacher of the Year.”

“Prior to becoming an educator, I was a Public Health Environmentalist for Madison County Department of Public Health. Madison Elementary School has been my home as an educator since 2012,” Howard said.

Howard has taught all fifth-grade subjects and sixth-grade science and social studies. She now works with all students (grades K-5) as Library Media Specialist.

“I work collaboratively with teachers to design lessons that empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers and global collaborators,” Howard said.

Howard approaches education “as a safe place to land when trying something new . . . where mistakes are viewed as opportunities for learning and not a projection of failure and where educated risks are encouraged.”

“I’m super proud of a recent collaboration with Kimberly Marrazzo’s kindergarten class because it demonstrates how many Course of Study standards can be met with library/classroom collaborations,” Howard said. Students navigated to the Alabama Virtual Library with Clever and then to the Pebble Go-Animals website. An animal ‘chose’ each student, who researched by reading and listening to non-fiction text and video. They then drew the animal.

During the second visit to the library, students navigated to Google slides, digitally photographed their illustration and inserted it into the Google slide. Students used Chromebook keyboards to recognize lowercase letters and type one sentence about their animal. Students shared slides with Howard, who created a presentation.

“This example (is) how classroom/library collaborations extend student learning and increase opportunities to meet cross-curricular Course of Study objectives,” Howard said.

“I’m fortunate to work among amazing collaborative educators at Madison Elementary. I feel fortunate every day to have the best job in the world,” Howard said.

Howard first earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama and then pursued education study with a bachelor’s degree from Athens State University. Next, she completed a master’s degree in library media from the University of West Alabama.

“I’m certified in Elementary Education K-5, School Library Media P-12, English for speakers of other languages P-12, Career Technologies 6-12 and General Science 6-12,” she said. “I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always seeking opportunities to improve my skill sets.”

Bonnie’s husband Chris Howard works as a Senior Application Developer at Adtran. Their daughter June Barr is project manager for an aerospace company, and her husband Aaron is an Aerospace Engineer for the U.S. Army. The Howards’ son Price is a software developer for a defense contractor. June and Price both are graduates of Bob Jones High school and UNA.

In 2018, Bonnie visited Indonesia on a Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship. “I extended my time there and experienced a 7.2 earthquake!” she said.

In 2020, Chris and Bonnie bought a small RV (named Oliver) and have become camping enthusiasts. In free time, Bonnie most enjoys serving as “a ‘BeBe’ (grandmother) to my most amazing 20-month-old granddaughter, Eleanor.”

This summer, Bonnie will pursue her Fund for Teachers fellowship in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary to document the art, landscape and architecture that inspired classic fairy tales and literature. Back in Madison, she will develop a cross-curricular writing unit to encourage students to discover their own culture’s storytelling traditions.

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