At BA since 2009
Kindergarten, Cheerleading Coach
Whitney Stewart graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2005. After high school she attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. Miss. Stewart was also a UAB cheerleader for three years. After college she began student teaching at Bessemer Academy with Mrs. Smith. She is now the Kindergarten teacher at Bessemer Academy and the Varsity cheerleading coach. When asked what she liked most about Bessemer Academy she answered, “I love the smallness of the school and the family, Christian environment.”
During the summer Miss Stewart was a part of the Universal Cheerleading Association for 5 years where she was an instructor. She loves her UAB Blazers. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees. Miss Stewart loves her job and could not imagine teaching anywhere else. Miss Stewart is getting married March 2017. GO REBELS!!
At BA since 2016
Mrs. Milam is beginning her first year at Bessemer Academy. She graduated from BA in 1984 and attended Montevallo where she double majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She then went on to Samford to earn her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Milam’s husband’s name is John and they have two children, Jordan and Julia, as well as a stepson named Jarrod. Mrs. Milam enjoys music as well as drawing and painting. She taught ballet at the Terry Donna School of Dance for twenty two years and gives piano lessons. Her favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your pathway straight.” Mrs. Milam truly feels like God has placed here her and is very thankful to be at Bessemer Academy.
Wendy Price graduated from Bessemer Academy in 1989. After high school she attended the University of Montevallo. She graduated in 1992 and received a Bachelor degree in Science and Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Mrs. Price has been teaching at Bessemer Academy for 20 years. She is currently the first grade teacher but has also taught kindergarten and fifth through sixth grade. The answer Mrs. Price gave when asked why she enjoyed teaching at Bessemer Academy was, “I love the family atmosphere.” Also, Mrs. Price has three children who attend Bessemer Academy. Her favorite football team is Alabama and her favorite color is pink. She loves all her students and could not imagine teaching anywhere else.
Amy Smith is the second grade teacher at Bessemer Academy, as well as an alumni. After high school, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She returned to her home at Bessemer Academy in 1995, and has been teaching here ever since. Her hobbies include reading, watching old movies, and spending time with her daughter, Josie (7th grade) Smith’s favorite aspect about Bessemer Academy is the home environment and how everyone is family.
At BA since 2016
Lynn Nelson teaches 3rd grade. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1988. This is her 29th year teaching, but her first year teaching at Bessemer Academy. She was very active in her sorority Alpha Delta Kappa. She has two children named Justin and Mary and a granddaughter named Madalynn. Her hobbies include crafts, pinterest, shopping, and Alabama football. Her favorite thing about Bessemer Academy is the class size and how everyone is extremely friendly.
At BA since 2001
Paula Reaves is the 4th grade teacher at Bessemer Academy. She graduated from Bessemer Academy where she was Flag Corp Captain, Dance Team Co-Captain and Co-Editor of the yearbook. Mrs. Reaves graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Merchandising and from UAB with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Mrs. Reaves has been married for 33 years and has a son named Nicholas. Her favorite thing about Bessemer Academy is the family atmosphere. Her favorite Bible verse is : Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)
Mrs. Eaton graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1991 with a BS in Early Childhood/ Elementary. She has taught K-3 to 8th grade in the past 22 years. Mrs. Eaton has been married to her husband, David, for 27 years. They have two children, Casey age 21 and Josh age 17. They live in Pleasant Grove and attend First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove.
Elementary Music & Art, Theatre Arts
Mrs. Hott graduated high school in Arlington, Texas and has a degree in education from Liberty University. Mrs. Hott enjoys serving the Lord with her husband at their church by singing in the praise team and choir, playing the violin in the band, working in the youth and nursery, and helping with the ladies ministry. She also loves running, spending time with her family, and watching her babies grow. She’s the dance team coach this year and looks forward to watching the dance team progress and grow. Psalm 34 and the book of l Peter are two of Mrs. Hott’s favorite passages.