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As a 22 year Air Force veteran, most of my academic degrees were awarded from colleges scattered all across the United States, but my most significant degree was from Auburn University, Montgomery.  In December 2001, I received my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and have subsequently obtained an additional teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education.  I also completed my EDS degree, in Early Childhood, with an emphasis on elementary math, thanks to TEAM Math at Auburn University.


I began my teaching career late in life, sort of by accident.  I was involved in the Partners in Education program at Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex.  As members of the community, we volunteered our lunch hours to tutor and assist children in various local schools.  After months of working in Chisholm Elementary, I began to realize just how much fun teaching children could be!  I was always surprised by how excited and motivated the students were when we got together for reading and math lessons.  Those weekly sessions soon became more important to me than programming software, so I enrolled at AUM and started working toward my teaching certificate.  While going to class, I also volunteered as a substitute teacher in surrounding area and soon realized Elmore County deserved it's reputation as an "Education First" community.  Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to fill in as a Kindergarten teacher at Coosada Elementary and have worked in that capacity for the last seventeen years.  I really look forward to each new class, since each child brings a unique set of challenges, personalities, and even rewards, to my classroom.  I like to keep my students actively involved in our daily lessons and continue to look for new ways to encourage them to develop their new skills. After a fun-filled year, I often find myself looking back and realize that I was the one that learned the most throughout the year, for each student taught me more than any of my college classes! I look forward to working with you and your child during the new school year!


My name is Michael Hodum and I am originally from the “Tarheel State” of  North Carolina, but after too many years of bouncing from one isolated Air Force bomber base to another, I ended up here in hot and humid Alabama! I have been married for 6 years to my wife JoAnne, who just retired after being a long time Kindergarten teacher at Coosada. Together we have 4 children. JoAnne has 2 sons, Adam and David.  Adam and his wife Baylor reside in Birmingham where Adam works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.  They have three under the age of four and are kept very busy. Her son David and wife Farren, are living in Jacksonville Florida where David has a successful chiropractic business. They have one baby boy born last October.I have two children; daughter Shannon and son Stephen.  Shannon has three active young boys, Sean Christopher, age 16, Samuel Cade, age 13 and Anthony who is almost 8 years old.  My son Stephen, with wife Kori keeping him in line, continues his Air Force career and have recently moved to Enid, Oklahoma. They have 3 children; two sons, Nicholia, who is 9 and Aiden, who is 6 and Aylea, our first granddaughter, who is three years old! I have lived in the Millbrook area since 1994, and prior to that I resided in such "exotic places" as Michigan's snow-covered Upper Peninsula, Edwards AFB in California's Mohave Desert, Guam, and last, but not least, frozen Grand Forks, North Dakota.



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