April Boutwell-Tomlin

April Boutwell-Tomlin

 2012 FBE Teacher of the Year

I committed to graduate from West Florida Baptist Academy in sunny Florida.  I lived in Alabama but went to school in another state. Weird! I know.  My hometown Flomaton, Alabama, is located just minutes from the Florida line. It was cool to live and go to high school in two different states. 

After I graduated from high school, I committed to graduate from the University of Alabama.  Roll Tide Roll!  Since my family members are BIG Crimson Tide fans, it was a dream come true for me to attend this wonderful place.  I graduated from UA with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Child Development.

I wanted to fulfill my dream of teaching elementary school, so I committed to graduate again from the University of West Florida.  Being so close to the white sands of Pensacola Beach was a little distracting, but I was able to complete a Master’s in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. 

Teaching 1st grade is my passion.  I am so glad that I have a job that I enjoy each day. I live with my husband, Patrick, and my son, Grayson, in Blacksburg, Virginia.  We love spending time together outdoors.  Some of our favorite things are hiking, going to the river, and playing with our pets.  We have one dog, Maggie, two cats, Daisy and Lily, two hermit crabs, Midnight and Jellyfish, and five Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches named Darryl.