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Duanna  Couey
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Subjects Taught
Third Grade Math, Third Grade Reading


Orton-Gilligham Educator Certificate, Dyslexia

Auburn University, Masters Special Education and Rehabilitation

American Institute of Banking Certificate: General Banking

University of South Alabama , Bachelor of Arts


CLASS A, Collaboration Special Education Teacher (47D) Grades K-6

CLASS A, Collaboration Special Education Teacher (47E) Grades 6-12

CLASS A, Collaboration Special Education Teacher (0XD)

CLASS B, Elementary (75A) Elementary Education (0N1) Grade Level: K - 6

CLASS B, Early Childhood (056) Early Childhood Education (0H5) Grades Level: P - 3

Highly Qualified Teacher Core Academic Subjects, Including Reading (0H5); Grade P - 3

Highly Qualified Teacher Core Academic Subjects, Including Reading (0N1); Grades K - 6



Retiring from banking with 20 years of training, coaching and branch management experience, I obtained my masters degree from Auburn University. I accepted a position with Opelika City Schools, at Southview Primary School. I worked in various capacities as self-contained, Inclusion and Resource Room Teacher. In addition, I served as Lead Teacher in our Principal’s absence, Problem Solving Team Coordinator, New Teacher Mentor and Cooperating Teacher for Collegiate Interns and practicum students.

As my position expanded, I also consulted with General Education Teachers in their classroom for behavior management and learning difficulties.

Through partnering with general education teachers, I realized that struggling general education students and special education students share many similar challenges. They each have strengths and weaknesses and can learn different ways to reach their potential.

I served students, parents and teachers at Opelika City Schools for 10 years. At the end of the 2018 school year, God called me to Alexander City Schools.



 I have an urgency to help children learn during their early academic years. If they have a proper foundation, children will continue to use coping strategies to enhance their educational experience.

I strive daily to access learning techniques to support their learning style. I genuinely like children and enjoy watching their faces when they understand a concept or make a connection to learning.

As a parent of a child with Dyslexia, I understand the three views of a learning disability. I have sat in the parent chair, the teacher chair and support children with a disability.

I pledge to make learning fun in a positive environment. I expect my students to be leaders, and contributing, integral parts of their communities.


I have lived Jacksons Gap for 25 years. I am married to Charles Livings for over 30 years. We are proud parents of two children, Ian and Cara. I am an active member of Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church as a Sunday School Teacher and a vocalist for our Praise Team.

God has ordered my steps. Teaching is my ministry. I am a woman of faith, who spends much time in prayer because with God all things are possible!

My hobbies include: Reading, Walking/Hiking and Traveling.