•  Mrs. Higg
    Michelle Y. Higginbotham 
    Phone: 342-2850
    Subject: English 9/Advanced English 9
                  Creative Writing
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    I graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1990.  After graduating from high school, I attended Shelton State for two years.  I highly recommend this because Shelton seems to be a nice transition into the world of college.  After Shelton, I moved to the University of Alabama where I received my undergraduate degree in American Studies with a minor in English.  A few months before graduation, I realized that my calling in life was to become a teacher.  So after graduation, I returned to the university and majored in secondary education.  I received my teaching certificate in May of 1998.  In 2003,  I received my Master's Degree in Secondary Education in history.


    I am starting my 20th year of teaching.  I am proud to be at Sipsey Valley High School.  Before coming to SVHS, I taught 9th and 10th grade at TCHS for 11 years. 


         I was born in 1972 in Tuscaloosa County and was raised in the Alberta City community until the age of 6.  My family then moved to Duncanville where they lived until a few years ago.  I attended Maxwell Elementary and Hillcrest High School.  I graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1990 with an Advanced diploma.  From there I attended Shelton State Community College, the University of Alabama, and the University of Montevallo.  Of the three institutions, I have to say that I enjoyed the University of Montevallo the most.

         While at the University of Alabama, I completed my teaching internship at Central High School (the west campus) under Emily Warren and at Tuscaloosa County High School under Sabrina Case.  I feel fortunate to have interned under both of these excellent teachers.  I gained much needed experience and learned valuable lessons that I still reflect upon today.  After graduating in the spring of 1998, I began a year of substitute teaching mainly at Hillcrest Middle School.  Even though I hated substitute teaching, I can look back on it and see that it has made the teacher that I am today.

         In the summer of 1999, I was hired to teach 10th grade English at TCHS.  Once the ninth graders arrived I transferred to the 9th grade and have taught 9th and 10th grades ever since.  I really enjoy teaching the 9th and 10th graders and could not imagine teaching any other grade level.  While at TCHS, I  served on the Adopt a School Committee, served as Interact sponsor and cheerleading sponsor.  It was through cheerleading that I met my husband Bart Higginbotham.  We have been married for fourteen years and we have two children (Sawyer who is 13 and Barkley who is 11).  In addition to Sawyer and Barkley, we have a  loving black and white Broder Collie puppy, Bear, and  Roo, a Beagle, that Sawyer got for his 3rd birthday.

         As you can imagine Saywer and Barkley take up all of my free time but I enjoy every minute of it.  Before they arrived, I enjoyed cross stitching, reading, gardening, and cooking.  Now I just enjoy thinking about those things.