Written by Student Writer Elise Dudley
“Youth inspires me,” notes Lee-Scott English teacher Leon Fletcher. “Youth changes the world every generation. Youth improves the world.” Fletcher is doing his part to improve the world by giving high school students at Lee-Scott Academy the chance to excel in English.
Fletcher had never considered the idea of teaching until one of his college professors asked if he’d ever considered being an English teacher. “I took up her idea and here I am,” he recalls. “It’s like Emily Dickinson’s poem, “We never know how high we are until we’re asked to rise. She asked me to rise, and I’ve been trying to stand ever since.”
A graduate of Auburn University and a former teacher at LaGrange Senior High and Opelika High School, Fletcher is in his fourteenth year as an English teacher at LSA. He expects the same things from all of his students. He wants them to work as hard as they can to make the best possible grade that they can. He wishes for all of his students to make a 30 or higher on the English and reading portions of the ACT and to place on the AP English exam.