We had the good fortune of connecting with Callie Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Callie, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote is “Preparation Breeds Opportunity”. This quote means everything to me. I have been reciting it since I was in middle school to breed me for success. In order to be ready for any opportunity that comes my way, I need to be prepared mentally, physically, and emotionally. The better prepared I am, the more opportunities I can create for myself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a 4th Year Teacher at Monroe Comprehensive High School in Albany, GA and what sets me apart from others is my background in mass communications. I am most proud about my students grasping what I am trying to teach and love how engaging my class is, with me coming into the field having no teaching experience. I got to where I am today professionally by taking chances. My way of teaching is very unconventional, and I knew that was different from what the students were used to. I feel we all have to step outside of our comfort zone in order to grow. Teaching was and is still very challenging. I remember my first year, I questioned if I was making the right decision to leave my job in radio. It was so hard trying to be innovative in my teaching, coach cheerleading, put together the school’s yearbook, have a social life, make time for myself, AND be a full time wife. It’s extremely hard to balance, but it has gotten easier. I’ve learned to plan ahead, keep a calendar, and ask for help. I don’t know where I would be without my planner. LOL! I want the world to know that my story didn’t just start from rapping to get my students excited about the school year. It started the first day I decided to become a teacher to change the lives of students on the South Side of Albany, GA.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Albany, the first place we would have to go to is Jimmie’s Hot Dogs on Jackson St. This restaurant is a staple in the city and you have to stop there first to taste their delicious hot dogs. Next, we would stop by the Ray Charles Plaza. Of course, this legend was born in Albany, so it’s only right to visit the Plaza and listen to some of his greatest hits. The third stop would be the Flint RiverQuarium too see all the wonderful animals in our local aquarium. Our final stop would be the All American Fun Park for a really good time. The park has food, bowling, laser tag, miniature golf, and even bumper cars. Nothing like a day filled with FUN!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my Mommie and Manager. She is phenomenal at what she does, is very knowledgeable, and always has my best interest at heart. It’s nothing like having family in your corner that wants to see you win.
Facebook: Callie Evans (Callie Hamilton)
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Callie Evans (6) Picture 5 – Kaitlyn Green Picture 6 – Thanyia Phillips