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Teacher deploys for Mid-East

January 31, 2003

Albany- Friday, Southside Middle School math teacher Purvis Jackson was teaching basic geometry, but next week he will join his army reserve unit and report to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The 27 year old says being young helps him connect with the students, and that's one reason he'll miss them so much. Purvis says he's spent the entire year learning each student's personality and looks forward to coming back and seeing how they've progressed.

The students aren't the only ones who will miss Mr. Jackson in his absence. "He's one of the few male teachers here. The faculty, staff and students love him," admits Principal Johnny Scott.

Others, including language arts teacher Alma Misih, say they will be praying for Jackson's safe return.

Though Mr. Jackson told his students weeks ago about his deployment, he reminded them how he'd catch a plane back to Georgia if they didn't behave while he's gone.

Principal Scott says he already has a replacement certified math teacher to take Mr. Jackson's place beginning Tuesday. Jackson is also an assistant football coach at Monroe High School.

Posted at 6:35 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com