Motivate Me Monday

Monday, September 28, 2020

Reverend Matthew Wilson
  • Our first "Motivate Me Monday" speaker was Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education member Reverend Matthew Wilson. Rev. Wilson spoke to the students about making choices in their lives and choosing to become something and someone who makes a positive change in the world. He told them to look at being at STARS as a chance to start over and to start fresh! Thank you so much for inspiring us Rev. Wilson!

Monday, October 5, 2020

Mr. Phillips
  • Today's "Motivate Me Monday" Speaker was Mr. Marques Phillips. Mr. Phillips shared previous unhealthy decisions that he made with dealing with law enforcement and how to live your dreams no matter your starting point! Thank you Mr. Phillips!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mr. D'Undray Peterson
  • Today our "Motivate Me Monday" speaker was Mr. D'Undray Peterson! Mr. Peterson inspired us all with his 4 P's: Picture it, Master Plan, Prepare, and Pursue! He taught us to see what we want, plan for it, and go get it! He left us with his favorite quote for when someone tells him that they have something that they want to do...he tells them "Well Go Get It!!". What a great start to our Monday!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Ms. Washaundra McNeil
  • Our "Motivate Me Monday" speaker today was Ms. Washaundra McNeil! What an uplifting and inspiring message. She talked to students about remembering their SODAS when faced with problems in life!
    Thank you so much for starting our Monday off great!!!

Monday, November 2, 2020

Mr. Santez Mitchell
  • Our "Motivate Me Monday" speaker today was Mr. Santez Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is a local business owner, husband, and father, who grew up in Tuscaloosa. He spoke to the students about the homelessness that he endured, the drug and alcohol abuse that he saw around him, and the how all of that made him determined to create a different future for himself! He told the students to "not let what they do today, affect their tomorrow!" He also reminded the students to be good stewards of the resources around them to learn and grow! Thank you Mr. Mitchell for starting our Monday off right!!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mrs. Emefa Butler
  • Today's "Motivate Me Monday" speaker was Mrs. Emefa Butler from Uniontown, AL. She is a mentor of one of our wonderful staff Members Mr. Martel Jones! Mrs. Butler started by speaking to each student and established a connection. Then she talked to them about what they wanted to be and reminded them that "If you don't take a chance and try, then you will never get to where you want to go". She told the students about the wonderful resources that we have here at STARS and about how they should take advantage of these resources while they are here (more attention from teachers, smaller classes, etc.) She also reminded the students that we are a family here and we help each other, that included them helping each other! "When someone helps you. Then you turn around and help someone else!" She left the students with some wonderful words about using the talents that they have. She also added "don't let your attitude overshadow your talents!" Thank you so much Mrs. Butler!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Mr. Rodney Bivens
  • Our "Motivate Me Monday" speaker was Mr. Rodney Bivens, head football coach at Central High School! Coach Bivens inspired the kids with his 2 point theory! The 2 points are focus and respond! Focus on your goals and where you want to go. Make good choices and no matter what someone does to you, it is up to you HOW you respond! He also talked about being careful what we listen to and what we watch on TV and social media...what you fill your body with is what is going to come out! He challenged the kids about the choices they make and the responses they give! Thanks Coach for starting our week off right!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Dr. Johnny Tice
  • Our Motivate Me Monday speaker today was Dr. Johnny Tice, Professor at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing! Dr. Tice spoke to our STARS students about being passionate about what you want to do or be in life and pursuing that passion! He told them that there will be detours, but to remember where you are headed and your goals that you want to achieve. He also told the students to learn everything you can about what you want to do, make a plan to achieve it, make steps in your plan, and never lose sight of your goal! Thank you for your inspiring words Dr. Tice!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Mr. Hayes Webb
  • Our Motivate Me Monday speaker today was Mr. Hayes Webb, Tuscaloosa County District Attorney. Mr. Webb had a great conversation with the students about where they want to go in life and who they are going to let make choices/decisions for them. He told them to surround themselves with people who want to see then succeed, not those that want them to fail or to pull them down. He told the students to believe in themselves and to set goals for themselves! He reminded them that everyday is a new day and everyday we all are faced with choices. It is up to us what choices we choose to make! He also reminded the students that true friends don't need impressing! Thank you so much for spending time with us Mr. Webb!