What our Alumni say about Sumner Academy
Question and Answer session with Casey Ball (2005).
Q. When did you attend Sumner Academy?
A. Grades one through grade eight.
Q. What did you like best about the experience of being a student at Sumner Academy?
A. The close friendships I formed because of the small class sizes.
Q. What was your favorite school tradition?
A. The bonfire. I still go every year!
Q. After leaving Sumner Academy, where did you go to high school? College?
A. I went to high school at Pope John Paul II, then I went to the University of Tennessee - Martin for one year, and eventually graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2013.
Q. How did Sumner Academy prepare you for success in high school and college?
A. Sumner Academy has a rigorous curriculum and high expectations that pushes students to strive to be their best academically. This instilled a good work and study ethic which helped me to be prepared for high school and college.
Q. What is your occupation/career now?
A. I am a Special Education Teacher at Greenbrier Middle School. I work with resource and inclusion students all day.
Q. How did your time at Sumner Academy prepare you to be successful in your chosen career?
A. My experience at Sumner Academy showed me that teachers have a very rewarding job.
Q. What is the most important thing you learned at Sumner Academy?
A. How to work hard and study hard.
Q. Who was your favorite teacher while you were at Sumner Academy? Why?
A. Judy Sharp. She taught me to read and so much more. Without her I would not be where I am today.
Q. What advice do you have for parents that are considering sending their students to Sumner Academy?
A. The cost of your child's education is nothing compared to the benefits of the education you get at Sumner Academy, including a lifetime love of learning, learning to work towards goals, and learning to strive for all you want in life. Sumner Academy prepares all students for life.