• September 2019- Zach Wilson

    Zach Wilson

    Zach Wilson

    Year Graduated from FPHS: 2011

    Colleges (s) attended: Southern Union State Community College/ Auburn University

    Where did you graduate? Year? Auburn University, 2015

    Degree(s)? Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accountancy)

    What is your current occupation? Accountant/Chief Clerk - Dekalb County Judge of Probate/ Public Accountant - Reed’s Tax


    How has something you learned at FPHS helped you in your career or life journey? 

    I learned the importance of hard work through athletics and my education. I had great coaches and teachers who taught this concept. Hard work and determination will take you places in life.  

    What was your favorite high school class at FPHS?

    Anatomy with Mrs. Jennings was one of my favorite classes. It was an interesting and informative class. Anatomy is a challenging subject and I feel like the class format prepared me for college courses.

    Who was your favorite teacher at FPHS and why? 

    Mrs. Barnes was one of the best teachers I had while at FPHS. It was evident that she genuinely cared for each student and wanted to see them succeed. I can remember Mrs. Barnes taking time to help me with scholarship applications my senior year.

    I would also say Mrs. Goggans was at the top of the list. I was lucky enough to have her for a few different math classes. I have always enjoyed math and she was instrumental in building my understanding of the subject.

    What is your favorite memory from high school?

    My favorite memory would be playing in playoff baseball games. I loved the atmosphere and the competition. It was win or go home.

    What advice would you give to current high school students about education and pursuing their future careers? 

    Learn to be organized and how to multi-task. College will teach you the importance of time management which will be a factor in any career path a person chooses to pursue. Try to make good contacts and take advantage of internship opportunities.

     

  • August 2019- Gabriela Limon Gaspar

    Gabriela Limon Gaspar

    August 2019- Gabriela Limon Gaspar

    Year Graduated from FPHS: 2007

    Colleges (s) attended: Northeast Alabama Community College/Jacksonville State University

    Where did you graduate? Year? Jacksonville State University, 2011

    Degree(s)? Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

    What is your current occupation? 3rd grade EL Teacher at Williams Avenue Elementary School


    How has something you learned at FPHS helped you in your career or life journey?

    I was a part of the FPHS Band Program. My involvement in the band program taught me a great deal of discipline, commitment, and perseverance. I have carried that with me into the classroom. I try to teach my students those qualities so they know never to give up even when things get tough in school or at home.  I always make sure my students know they can count on me for anything because I was in their shoes once.

    What was your favorite high school class at FPHS?

    I loved almost all of my classes at FPHS. One that I remember the most was French class with Mrs. Brandon. I enjoyed learning a third language and seeing all the similarities in French and Spanish. I also loved English class with Mrs. Ables even though we had to memorize some of Shakespeare’s soliloquies. 

    Who was your favorite teacher at FPHS and why? 

    I don’t think I could just choose one. So many teachers had a positive impact on me in High School. Mrs. Rogers, my band director was strict but at the same time, she showed all of her band students how much she cared. I also loved having Mrs. Brandon, Mrs. Ables, Mrs. Sayre, and Mrs. Shugart. They were all equally encouraging and motivated me to do my best.

    I also feel like I need to mention Mrs. Colburn my fourth-grade teacher at Williams Avenue Elementary School although she was not one of my high school teachers, she was a part of my journey here in the Fort Payne City Schools. She is the first teacher that inspired me to become an educator. She was truly dedicated I admire her greatly for that.

    What is your favorite memory from high school? Or a special story you would like to share?

    I have two favorite memories from my senior year in FPHS. I will never forget my last marching band competition in Hoover, AL. It was my last ever performance with the band and so many emotions were going through my head. We received all superior ratings in every category in the hardest competition of the time. I remember crying because it felt amazing that our hard work paid off.

    Another favorite memory was being a part of the FPHS Senior Play, Hansel and Gretel with Mrs. Woods and Mr. Crawford. Working alongside my classmates and teachers to put on a play was a great experience. We helped each other with lines and we trusted each other once we were ready to perform. It was such a fun play and I will never forget it.

     August 2019- Gabriela Limon Gaspar August 2019- Gabriela Limon Gaspar

    What advice would you give to current high school students about education and pursuing their future careers? 

    My advice would be to get involved in everything that interests you. It does not matter if your friends do not have the same interests, sometimes you have to do things just for you. When I was in high school there were not many Latino(a)s involved in many things and I was often nervous about joining different clubs, groups, programs etc., but I’m glad I put my fears aside and got involved because having different experiences helped me decide what I truly wanted to do after high school. You all have so many different classes that were not offered a few years back, take advantage of all the opportunities that you are offered. All the experiences that I went through in high school help me in my career today.

    *Never Give Up*