We are thrilled to name Tonya Prempramont, 11th and 12th-grade science teacher at Alabama Christian Academy, as our January Teacher of the Month. Tonya has been working with juniors and seniors for four years.
She holds a BS in environmental science from the University of Mobile and a Master’s degree in secondary science education from AUM. Tonya decided to settle into ACA, as her children attend the school. She shares, “I had fallen in love with the culture and the people at ACA and decided I wanted to be a part of it.”
Her passion is her students, love for science and the outdoors. “My heart lies in environmental science. I grew up going to Utah every year on vacation with my family. We camped and hiked in the desert area there. At home, I spent lots of time outside in the woods. Choosing science was easy for me.”
Being a teacher for Mrs. Prempramont means being a role model for her students and treating her students the way she wants to be treated, with respect and kindness. When she reflects on her adolescent years, she remembers things she didn’t like. And she makes sure she doesn’t subject her students to those things.
Tonya also prides herself to try and be fair to all of her students. “Sometimes that means giving someone a zero because they didn’t turn in an assignment, but I am preparing these students for college. I want them to know what to expect.
One of her goals is to ensure her students know how precious our planet is. She strives to teach them that God has given us an amazing planet, and we need to take care of it.
“I teach them about energy usage. I teach them all sorts of things relating to the environment, and I hope that at least one thing sticks. I make sure they know that they can make a difference.”
After retirement, Tonya plans on splitting her time between here and out west, probably Utah or Idaho. She and her husband both love traveling, camping, and being outdoors. They will buy a house out west somewhere. She shares, “It’s too cold to stay out there year-round. We will probably winter here in Alabama on the coast.”
Tonya (native of Montgomery) is married to Don Prempramot (native of Thailand). The couple has been married for 18 years. They have three children; Brigham (26), Wynter (17), and Anna (16).