Degrees and Certifications:
Alabama English Certification Grades 4 - 8 Reading Specialist - Alabama Reading Initiative Masters Degree - Elementary Education - Alabama A&M University Bachelor of Science- Elementary Education - Athens State College
Mrs. Joan Comer
English Language Arts
Mrs. Comer graduated from Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville, Alabama. She attended the University of North Alabama where she met the requirements to be accepted into the School of Education. She continued to pursue a degree as an elementary teacher at Athens State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1987. Additionally, in August 2000, she graduated with her master's degree in Elementary Education from Alabama A&M University.
Mrs. Comer's teaching career began in 1987 at Madison County High School in Gurley, Alabama. The following year, she transferred to West Madison Elementary, the only K-3 elementary in Madison in 1988! Mrs. Comer taught for 19 years with the Madison County School System in grades 1 through 4 and served as a Reading Specialist/Coach at both Monrovia Elementary and Endeavor Elementary. From 2006-2008 she served as a Reading Coach in Limestone County. With a strong desire to teach in a classroom setting, Mrs. Comer returned to Madison as a fourth grade teacher at Columbia Elementary in 2008. At the end of 2010, she was "promoted" along with her fourth graders and taught fifth grade English. Once again, she and her students were "promoted" to the sixth grade. Here, Mrs. Comer discovered a renewed passion for teaching reading while she was assigned to teach 6th grade English/Language Arts. She continued teaching 6th grade ELA at Columbia Elementary until 2018, when all sixth grade units were moved back to the middle schools. Although leaving her Columbia family was bittersweet, Mrs. Comer was delighted to be assigned to Discovery Middle School to continue teaching 6th grade ELA. Discovery Middle School has turned her heart into a fresh shade of "teal and black." Having won the "Most School Spirit Award," in her first year as a Discovery teacher, she plans to continue to yell, "Go Panthers!" and teach at DMS until her retirement.
Mrs. Comer is a native of Rogersville, Alabama, but she has been a resident of Athens since 1988. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they are the proud parents of two daughters. The Comer family is a "house divided" when the Madison City Bowl is played every year. Her older daughter is a "Patriot" who graduated from Bob Jones High School in 2013 and her younger daughter is a "Jet" at James Clemens High School and will graduate in 2021.
One area where both girls share the same passion is when they are volunteering and working with animal rescues, shelters and veterinary clinics. Taking animal rescue to the next level, the older daughter will pursue her DVM degree with the 2023 College of Veterinary Medicine class at Mississippi State University. #morecowbell #hailstate Currently, the Comer family has a grand total of:
1 "on purpose" dog (Roxy - an 11 year old Boxer)
4 rescue dogs adopted from Peace, Love & Animals Rescue in Tanner, Alabama: Layla and Trixie of Athens, AL and Jo-Jo and Stella of Starkville, MS - Feist, Chihuahua, Mountain Curr, Pit, and Lab mixes)
2 rescue kitties - saved from a busy MS highway (Jack) and an abandoned litter (Lyddy-J) - both live in Starkville, MS.
The Comer family enjoys spending time during the summer on Wheeler Lake boating, skiing, wake-boarding and relaxing. Mrs. Comer collects books of all genres and enjoys reading while relaxing on the pier in her "assigned seat."