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Special Education Department

Stephanie Bowman

My name is Stephanie W. Bowman. I am a Collaborative Resource teacher. I have 19 years of experience in education. I have a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Psychology from Troy University. I have a Master’s degree in Special Education from The University of West Alabama.

I have a true passion for working with our students!  Helping each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, personal/social, occupation/careers, and daily living skills —is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.  I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment. 

Personally, I have two fantastic daughters who are 29 and 26 years old, an awesome son-in-love and my adorable little grandson.  I love to watch basketball. I also enjoy reading, traveling, music, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

I look forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development!

Kimberly Smith

Ms. Smith has a passion for working with learners. She graduated from Alabama State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy. She decided to further her education by becoming a special education teacher. Ms. Smith graduated in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Collaborative Teacher 6-12. She has been an educator for 15 years. Ms. Smith has taught middle school for one year but most of her time has been spent on the high school level. Ms. Smith has one daughter who is in college. She loves shopping, traveling, and watching crime shows in her free time.

Linda Levi

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 1998, I decided to attend Alabama State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After receiving my degree, I returned to my home city and taught for a year at a charter school. While teaching in Chicago, I realized that my life would be better in Montgomery, Alabama. I became a permanent resident of Alabama in 2004.

I gave birth to a baby girl in 2005, and we named her Melanie. She brought so much joy to our lives. Becoming a mother changed my outlook on things. I loved my family of three beyond measures. Three years later, I convinced four family members to relocate to Alabama. I was so excited to have my mother, stepfather and two sisters 20 minutes away instead of 12-14 hours. Having my family here meant I could do things without taking Melanie-YES! I could go to the salon, exercise, shopping, and other grown-up things. January 2010, another baby girl was added to my family, and we called her Sydney. Sydney became Melanie’s baby doll. The two were inseparable. I love my girls to the moon and back.

Becoming an At-Risk Teacher sparked an interest that I did not know was in me. I wanted to teach low performing students; they are some of the best students. They are challenging and unpredictable, yet interesting. I made the decision to enroll in school at AUM. The master’s program took about two years, which was hard and stressful. Just as the old saying goes, “hard work pays off.” I am a living testimony because I love and enjoy what I do.

Shawanda Talton

Shawanda S. Talton was raised in Sumter County, Alabama. She is a graduate of Sumter County High School. Nearly twenty years after graduating high school, Mrs. Talton rediscovered the passion she has for helping people with special needs and decided to pursue a career as a special education teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in Special Education from the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. She is certified in collaborative teaching in grades K-12. Mrs. Talton is entering her tenth year of teaching. The last four years of teaching have been in Selma City Schools.  

Ann Willliams

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