One Class At A Time: Pelham High School

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Dexter Peeples spent 10 years working as a pharmacy technician, but he left that career because he feels he was called to do something else.

Now, Peeples is a teacher to special education students at Pelham High School.

He teaches a wide range of autistic students – from those who can’t communicate to some who are high functioning.

“Certainly, meaningful instruction happens in the autism unit,” Peeples said. “Sometimes the most beneficial education happens outside these walls at Pelham High School, when the students are taken on field trips throughout the area.”

During the field trips, his students learn how to make decisions they’ll face on a daily basis.

“Sometimes when you struggled to actually put them or simulate real life situations unless we actually have the funding to put them in the actual situation,” Peeples said.

Now he’ll be able to put them in those situations. He’s this week’s recipient of a $1,000 grant as a part of the One Class At A Time program.

While his students learn about managing money, Peeples is finding out you can’t put a price on changing lives for the better.

CBS42’s co-sponsors for the One Class At A Time project are Pepsi and America’s First Financial.

To apply, click here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS42

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