Teacher of the Month:
Misty Trussell, Dalraida Elementary School


For 26 years, Misty Trussell has dedicated her professional career to molding children into future leaders. She graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Misty also completed a gifted certification from Troy State University. She’s served 23 years in general education, and this year marks her third year as a gifted teacher.

Misty shares why she chose Dalraida Elementary School, “Dalraida is a wonderful school full of outstanding students, teachers, and parents. There is such a family atmosphere at Dalraida, and everyone is always willing to help each other during the good times and difficult times.”

Deciding to become a gifted teacher was a calling that Misty accepted graciously. Over the years, she has always worked with gifted children in her general education classroom. And her co-workers encouraged her to become a gifted teacher, and when the opportunity presented itself, Misty knew it was the right fit for her. She shares,

“Working with gifted students who are quick thinkers requires a teacher who knows how to meet them where they are and recognize their strengths and capabilities.”

Being a teacher is something that Misty doesn’t take lightly. She strives to help her students learn life and character skills that can help them in all stages of life. She implemented a project called the “Kindness Cups” in her classroom. Each student gets the opportunity to give a heart if they have done or said something kind. The cups receive hearts all year long, and at the end of the year, students take them home to share with their families.

Mistry Trussell has three goals for her classroom. First, to be flexible to work in different ways. Second, to have insight and learn the strengths and weaknesses of her students. And third, to have excellent communication skills with parents as a partnership.

Misty plans to continue working with gifted students for many years to come. After retirement, she plans to continue helping in education and mentoring other teachers who are just starting on the journey in teaching.

Misty has been married to her husband Joe for 16 years. They live in Wetumpka, with their fur babies Jesse, a German Shepherd (11 years old), and Jackie Bell, a Border Collie/Golden Retriever (12 years old).


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