BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Failure is not an option. That’s the theme at Carver High School, and if you visit Wanda Shorter’s class, you’ll find those words are being carried out.
She’s this week’s recipient of CBS42’s One Class At A Time grant.
Shorter says her students thrive when they’re using educational software.
Now that she’s the winner of the $1,000 grant, she’ll be able to buy them a new computer.
Four years ago, Shorter came to Carver High School to teach autistic students. At the time, she thought she might be in that role for about a year.
Now, it seems she’s found a home.
“I love it. I love the students,” Shorter said.”I have fantastic parents. They support the program 100 percent.”
And so do Carver High School students. Recently, a senior asked Shorter if he could volunteer in her class.
“He’s a mime choreographer for his church. He said, ‘Mrs. Shorter, do you think I can teach them how to mime dance?’ I said, ‘I think you can teach them anything you want to do,’” said Shorter.
That message shows once again that success is the only option for Shorter.
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