Local mom Quanda Rogers-Crosskey nominated our February Teacher of the Month and shares, “Ms. Lane is funny and so nice. My son loves her class especially because he loves math and how she teaches them different ways to figure out problems. Mrs. Lane loves her students as a grandmother would.”
For 26 years, Chantela Lane has taught at several schools in the Montgomery County school district. When last deciding a location to sow seeds in our future leaders, she felt Peter Crump Elementary was the place for her. It was the culture that drew her near to this special school. Mrs. Lane graduated from Alabama State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary EDU, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and a Certification in Administration.
Becoming a 4th-grade teacher just doesn’t come by coincidence. It takes a special person to contribute to the lives of young minds at such a tender age. It’s a vital transition during a students’ academic career.
During her education career, Mrs. Lane has been a computer tech teacher, a reading coach, a 3rd-grade teacher, a 4th-grade teacher, and a 5th-grade teacher. She truly enjoys the 4th-grade curriculum and feels it pushes students to think, analyze, and learn in more structured ways than they did in lower grades.
Like most teachers, being inside the classroom is a calling for Mrs. Lane. It’s a gift of satisfaction to make a difference in childrens’ lives. That’s something she wishes more people would understand, despite the challenges that many teachers face.
She shares, “I want to be an effective teacher and help students master skills so they can become productive in life, and apply those learned skills to real-life situations.”
As a teacher, setting goals is crucial for the fundamentals of learning. Mrs. Lane’s goals outline inspiring others to become teachers. “There is a great need for teachers,” she shares. Building and sustaining relationships is also on her agenda. “I want to work with all organizations to achieve and improve student achievement, and also to avoid teacher burnout. I want to teach as long as I can while upholding high standards of professionalism.”
Chantela is married to Gregory, and they are celebrating their one-year anniversary. She has three children: Terence Givan (36), Lonnie Givan (26), and Tyler Givan (23).