MCHS alumnus Elizabeth “Libby” Alexander has returned to her alma mater to teach Economics. We wanted to find out about Mrs. Alexander, so here’s her story in her own words.
What do you teach? I currently teach economics, although I am licensed to teach history and English as well.
How long have you been teaching? 14 years
Where else have you taught besides MCHS? My first teaching assignment was biology and physical science at Renaissance Academy Lakeside in Memphis. The teacher died, and I had just completed my licensure and began work in the middle of the year. I then continued working in an alternative school environment teaching English/literature at Renaissance Academy North for Shelby County. After I married, I taught reading/language arts for Whiteville Elementary for four years, then economics at Bolivar Central High School for two. Once an opening was available at MCHS, I pounced.
Where did you go to school (high school and/or college)? After graduating from MCHS in 1992, I attended the University of Memphis to obtain my double major in history and communications, MA in history and teaching licensure courses.
What activities were you involved in during high school and/or college? I was in the drama club--the Dead Artists’ Society--and color guard. I was co-captain my senior year and also involved in Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and Christian Youth Club.
Tell me about your family? My parents are Stan and Pat Warren of Bethel Springs and Selmer. I married Marcus Alexander (class of 1997) in 2013. A year later I gave birth to our beautiful and precious daughter, Eva Lee. She is named after my mother’s mother, who used to babysit my now mother-in-law.
Why did you choose to become a teacher? I love the sense of helping shape the world that I’ll be living in years from now. The students I have now will one day vote in elections, take care of us as doctors and nurses, protect us as first responders, defend our rights under the law, and improve communities as whatever they choose to be. I love that, especially now that I’m in a small community and see more of an impact.
What has stood out already about your time at MCHS? I’m so impressed with how great the kids are. I’ve had positive interactions from day one, regardless of whether the student is in my class or just walking by me in the hall. Teaching the children of former classmates has been an incredible experience. My coworkers have been absolutely amazing--welcoming me as I’ve just been out of the neighborhood and now I’m back in the fold. I couldn’t ask for better people--kids or adults.
What is one thing you hope to accomplish this year? I really want students to know I’m on their side and I believe in them. If they’re struggling, I want them to know I’m here and I’m listening. I had some MCHS teachers who made a tremendous positive impact on me. I hope to return the favor.