Hi! I am Tammy Lee!

Carver Middle School Wildcat Earth Science

POD 603

Hi, and welcome to my web page! My name is Tammy Lee. I teach Earth science, and I am proud to be a CMS Wildcat...GROWL! I graduated from Valdosta State University in 2002 with a B.S. degree in psychology, and with my degree, I began teaching in Walton County as a special education teacher on a provisional while I worked on my practicum and took tests to achieve my certifications. Eventually, I received my certifications in special education, early childhood, and middle school social studies, math, and science.

Since 2002, I made my home in Walton where I got married, also to a teacher, and have 3 wonderful dogs and 3 beautiful cats. I believe in family and doing my best to help children succeed. Although I do not have any children of my own, and I spoil my animals, I feel as if the children I teach each day and every year are like my own. I am a compassionate teacher, and take what I do to heart. I am so truly grateful to parents for giving me the opportunity to teach their children. 

My goal is to use my degree in psychology and all the experiences I gather in the classroom to finish and earn a masters in school counseling from the University of West Alabama. Carver has been a great help to me in this area; because, it has a wide diversity of students. My experience in the classrooms and with my peers has helped me to learn what I want most out of life, and I challenge myself daily to get a better understanding of what I can do to best help students achieve their goals both in a classroom and as a young person developing into an adult. The interaction with the students, parents, community, and peers has helped me to understand why it is so important to be supportive and to have support in all areas for the well-being of the student. Thank you, parents!

On another note about me, I am a big supporter for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. These organizations are set up to help with cancer research, as well as, support and help survivors and caregivers. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 and battled for 23 years, until age 59, with many reoccurences that spread to her bones early in the disease and eventually to her liver and brain in her last days.

She was my best friend and her battle, or should I say our battle together, taught me so much. She was the strongest person I ever knew and taught me to get up and take on the day the best way I could no matter what was ahead. I learned from her that as long as you can put one foot in front of the other, you get up and tackle the world and always do your best. She always put others ahead of herself and supported others who were also fighting cancer. She was so strong but found it difficult to accept she was still surviving when so many she knew did not. My mother, rather my mama, and I honestly believe that her determination and strength to not let the disease control her was her best defence for survival. She didn't let it get her down. If you were to see her, you would have never known she was battling for her life and in pain. Of course, she could never hide it from me, and that was okay. We were each others' support through everything.  I owe all the love and compassion I have in my heart and for children to her. She was the real teacher of life. She was my hero.

I lost her in the Spring of 2009, and like many may understand, there is not a day that I don't feel her presence with me, still teaching me with the words I can remember her telling me as I grew up and until the day she passed. Because of her fight and endurance through so much, I want to fight in her honor. No one should ever have to live life knowing a terrible disease is beating them up inside. Everyday, researchers are hard at work trying to find ways to get the disease under control, in remission, and even working to find a cure. So, now you can understand my passion for the fight and why I have a page set aside for Relay for Life.

I truly believe the research works. At one time, I remember breast cancer being the 2nd leading cause of death for women. These days, it is now the 5th leading cause. I know other things are factors, but I know there are better treatments, and the awareness of self checks and annual checkups are some of the greatest achievements. Women are now informed as they should be about their health, and men, now, are also aware that this can affect them. Early detection is always the best chances a person has to survive any cancer.

Join with me! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from the disease and loss of love ones!