Blount County welcomes new teacher and coach Alice “Alex” Cole to Southeastern school. Cole began her education at Wallace State Community College with a basketball scholarship that allowed her to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She is in the process of earning a master’s degree from the University of West Alabama online.
Cole accepted positions as high school math teacher and varsity girls basketball coach in early June. Both roles are equally important to her as a new educator. She is working to give students the confidence to know that they can do anything, such as play college basketball and obtain higher education.
“I am preparing to be the best teacher that I can be by tutoring kids this summer,” she said. “I want to help them establish goals that they can uphold and use to strive for greatness. The same goes for the basketball team. We are all getting to know one another and creating goals big and small. Students will push themselves to be better if they have set expectations.”
When asked what being a basketball coach meant to her, Cole replied, “God has blessed me with the ability to play basketball on different levels and I want to pass the experience that I have on to these girls that wish to become athletes. Smaller schools have to fight to be recognized and I want to work just as hard as these students to make their voices heard.”
Cole further explained her love of education and how it is an important part of her family. Her mother was an educator and her husband coaches boys basketball at Ashville High School.
She ended with gratitude toward the community. “Thank you. I look forward to helping improve Southeastern. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Mustang family. I will do whatever it takes to help our students reach their goals.”