Mrs. Carol Sumrell is one of our 8th grade science teachers. Her family moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina, over 17 years ago. Both of her girls were very young at the time, 3 and under. Marietta, East Cobb, is all they have known.
Mrs. Sumrell was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina in the heart of tobacco county and the pork barbeque with a vinegar based sauce her husband has now made famous among their friends. As a teenager, as many teens did, they primed, (picked) and barned tobacco to be cured and then made it into what she now considers an evil subtance, cigarettes. It was a hot, dirty, sweaty job, but Micky D's and other fast food places were not on every corner.
Mrs. Sumrell's high school days involved cheering and being homecoming queen and meeting her husband of 26 years. On July 29, 2004, their 25th wedding anniversary, she and her husband fulfilled a promise they made the first year they were married. They had Elvis remarry them in Las Vegas! It was all it should have been and more! The whole experience was fun, exciting and just a really good time. The Sumrell's children and friends were able to attend via the internet. After the true-to-Elvis ceremony was complete, they dined at the exquisite Venecian Hotel to find that their waiter was a former Cobb county resident and graduate from Wheeler high school many years earlier. Small world.
Mrs. Sumrell is a BIG fan of roller coasters and, while her husband leaves them with white knuckles that she has to pry from the handles, Mrs. Sumrell relishes each and every turn and scream with excitement, dreading the end. Life this year has also been a roller coaster in that her first born left to go to college and now has returned to study locally. Her youngest is a senior in high school; the Sumrells are moving to a new home, and Mrs. Sumrell is working toward her Masters in Science Education at Kennesaw State University.
Mrs. Sumrell has an Associate Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology, a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades education and, as mentioned earlier, is working on her Masters. She considers herself to be a Jack, or as she says, a Jill of all trades. She loves to sew, can use a chop saw with the best of them, paint (standard and faux), wallpaper, recover furniture, lay flooring, tear out doorways and kitchen cabinets, and she has just fixed the first hole in her ceiling after very graciously putting her foot through it while in the attic. Mrs. Sumrell even possess a commercial drivers license (without air brakes, no school bus driving for her), but she has yet to tackle plumbing or electricity. She will save that for the new house.
She has always been the free spirit in her family being the youngest of three. It seems odd to her family and friends, as well as her childrens' friends, that she would be stern enough to be an effective ISS teacher. But, for whatever reason, she was a strong disciplinarian in the science classroom, and the ISS position just seemed to fit for her last year. This year she is returning to the Science class, her passion.
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