Coronavirus and School Network Concerns
Due to coronavirus concerns, students will not be returning to school for the rest of the 2019-2020 School Year. Governor Kay Ivey issued this statement outlining alternate methods of instruction set to begin April 6, 2020. We will post additional information as it becomes available.
Please pardon our progress, we are currently upgrading our network and server systems to better protect against cyber attacks. Please follow us on the Jasper City Schools Facebook page for updates and announcements.
We urge you to stay safe by following recommendations put forth by public health officials regarding coronavirus.
Our Teacher of the Month for November is Mr. Dru Phillips. Mr. Phillips teaches 5th Grade here at Maddox Intermediate School, and helps with our Tech Team. Mr. Phillips is dedicated to seeing his students reach their fullest potentials, and always eager to help his students learn. We appreciate Mr. Phillips and all his hard work! Congratulations!!
MIS: Where did you go grow up, and where did you go to high school?
DWP: I was born and raised here in Jasper, AL. I graduated from Walker High
MIS: Where did you go to college, and what did you get your degree in?
DWP: I graduated with honors from both Bevill State Community College in
Jasper and The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. I earned a Bachelor’s
of Science in Elementary Education.
MIS: Tell us a little about your teaching experience.
DWP: I have been lucky enough to teach in almost every grade level that I am
certified in. The majority of my time teaching was at T.R. Simmons, but I
started my career at Maddox Middle School. I spent 5 months as a sixth
grade special ed. Aide at MMS, 2 years as third grade teacher, 1 year as a
fourth grade teacher, 4 years as a computer teacher, 1 year as a
kindergarten teacher, and 1 year as a fifth grade teacher at TRS. The last 2
1/2 years I have been a fifth grade teacher here at MIS.
MIS: Tell us a little about your family.
DWP: I am married to a beautiful former preschool teacher turned full time
home school mom, Mrs. Allie. We have three kids, two boys and a girl. Eli is
9, Callan is 7, and Jos will be 5 in two weeks.
MIS: What are your hobbies?
DWP: I enjoy listening to history and D&D podcasts as well as reading and
watching comic book related materials.
MIS: Tell me something about yourself that someone might not know.
DWP: Before I changed my major in college to Elementary Education, for two
years I was a forensic science major with a minor in psychology. During
that time I also worked for the Jasper City cemeteries in the summer
MIS: What is your favorite part about teaching?
DWP: Watching students go from being completely unsure of something, thinking
there is no way that they will ever be able to figure something out or make a
problem work out to have the confidence to answer the question out loud in
the room of the teacher they have the following year. I like knowing they
gained confidence in their subjects.