Ad Spot

Horizon likes Hastings as top staffer

MADISON – Marshela ‘Shela’ Hastings believes a teacher “lives for those moments when a child finally gets something they’ve been struggling to comprehend.” Horizon Elementary School selected Hastings as Staff Member of the Year.

Before 2005, Hastings was a stay-at-home mom in Huntsville. Since 2005, she has worked as a substitute teacher in the Madison district and as permanent substitute for three years. She wanted this job to familiarize herself with MCS.

“I enjoy my job because of the people. My job is to help the teachers in any way to find the best possible substitute. It means looking after school hours if a teacher has an emergency or gets sick.”

She also supervises classrooms when teachers attend meetings and works in the front office, where she meets parents and visitors. “Because of Horizon’s wonderful teachers, students and staff, I truly enjoy my job.”

“Anyone who works in a school doesn’t do it for the money. They do it because they want to make a difference in a child’s life,” Hastings said. “You hope you’ve helped make a student’s day a little brighter.”

Hastings’ most memorable teacher was Mr. Smith at New Hope. “He was the teacher version of Simon … hard but fair. He taught me always to do my best … because our best sets us apart.”

Her husband works at NASA as a mechanical engineer. They have been married 26 years.

“I’ve been blessed with five children. My oldest was Dawniel. She was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 18 in 2003. Her death reminds me of how every child is so very precious … that every day is a gift you enjoy because there’s no promise of a tomorrow.”

The other Hastings children are Christina and their granddaughter Makindsey of Gurley; Alex, children’s minister in Mississippi; John, a Calhoun Community College sophomore; and Megan, Bob Jones High School sophomore.

Shela stays busy with church and Megan’s activities. She enjoys time for a good book, sketchpad or movie. She enjoys going to a movie or playing board games with friends.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

Madison

VBC says scams targeting ticket seekers increasing, explains how to avoid them

Madison

State open records bill clears Senate committee

Madison

‘Essential business’ bill goes to governor

Madison

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 will require personal responsibility when mask mandate expires

Madison

Huntsville Ballet Company is back with Peter and the Wolf – April 16-18

Madison

Hubert Family Farms finding success with area’s first “pick your own tulip” experience

Madison

Community tips lead police to Harvest man accused of sexual abuse of a child

Madison

State Senate bill could send over $3.2 million to Madison City Schools

Madison

State health officials ‘encouraged’ by improving COVID-19 numbers

Madison

Digital version of The Madison Record – March 31, 2021

Madison

Tornado relief supply drive continues at Liberty, Madison County District 2 office

x