Talbert makes PCHS sing!

By DAVID GRAVELY

editor@southwesttimes.com

Pulaski County High School Choir Director Angela Talbert is in tune with the needs of the students at Pulaski County High School.

OK, enough with the puns, let’s just get down to singing the praises of this 24-year teaching veteran.

Talbert, a native of Monroe County, West Virginia, and a graduate of Concord University was hired immediately after graduation from college to teach at PCHS. She’s been here ever since, working toward her Master’s Degree and taking the choral department at the high school to new heights.

She is married to Mikie Talbert, the youth pastor at the Dublin Church of God, and sings and plays piano as a part of the church praise team. The couple have one son, Cody, who is active in not only choir and drama, but also plays offensive and defensive line for the Cougar football team.

When not singing or cheering for one of her favorite sports teams, who she is fanatic about, Talbert enjoys walking, reading and being active outdoors. At one point, when she was young, she even wanted to be an NFL coach.

“If I could give our students a gift, it would be confidence in themselves and hope for the future,” Talbert said. “I’d also give them the belief that they have value and can make a difference.”

“Mamma-T,” as her students call her, is known as a firm but fair educator.

“I believe in taking care of the student first, then teaching the content,” Talbert said. “I have to set the mood in the classroom daily, and I practice what I preach. Students need teachers who honestly care about them and take time beyond the subject matter to work with them. Good teachers challenge students while creating a safe and respectful classroom. I want students to be better for coming to my class each day.”

As for challenges and her experiences teaching, Talbert sees more good than bad.

“I love our students,” she said. “I absolutely love teaching them, talking with them, challenging them and learning from them each day. Teens can be amazing people.”

“Very often we have less funding for our educational projects, yet we … teachers, administrators and school boards … strive to help our students reach the same level of education as other areas of the state,” Talbert said. “Our kids matter, and they deserve the same opportunities as other areas. We’re going to do everything we can to reach those goals.”

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