Texas Tribune features WSD educator Jody Addy

 Combining history, math, computer skills and vocational plans, Jody Addy keeps the attention of students in her Windham literacy class.

Have you read about the WSD teacher who almost missed her calling?

The Texas Tribune featured WSD’s Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching winner Jody Addy earlier this month in its online newspaper.  Writer Johnathan Silver and photographer Neil Cooper made the trip to Abilene to spend the day with Addy, who teaches literacy classes in the CAI Lab at the Robertson Unit. They interviewed Addy, her students and her coworkers to portray an amazing teacher in her element.  If you haven’t seen the story, please check it out at:

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/12/11/prison-teacher-reflects-20-year-career/

 

Interview from within Windham:  Correctional educator Jody Addy talks to reporter Johnathan Silver and photographer Cooper Neil of the Texas Tribune inside the Robertson Unit in Abilene.

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An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.