Greetings! My name is Rebecca Pipkins, and I am an English teacher at Demopolis High School.
I was born in DeWitt, Arkansas to a family with strong ties to education. My father served as school board president for several terms while I was a student in the school system. My mother taught elementary school for 37 years. I had aunts teaching at every school from elementary to high school. The importance of education was instilled in me from a very early age.
I moved to Starkville, Mississippi to begin my college career. I attended Mississippi State University from August 1994 to May 1998, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages. I was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Order of Omega Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society), and Golden Key Honor Society.
I met the love of my life, Russell Pipkins, while attending Mississippi State, and we were married in August of 1998. I continued my education at State, receiving a Master of Arts degree in French in May of 2000.
We have been blessed with 2 wonderful children: Tyler, age 18, and Tayler age 15. Tyler is attending Mississippi State University in the School of Architecture and Tayler is a sophomore at DHS. They remind me every day what a blessing each and every student brings to our school. The challenge is to find that blessing and nurture it.
I began my teaching career as an adjunct French professor at Mississippi State. I then taught high school at West Point High School in West Point, Mississippi. I moved to Demopolis in 2002 when my husband’s job transferred him to Alabama. I taught at Demopolis Academy/West Alabama Prep for three years, teaching English, French, ACT Prep, and Drama.
In the summer of 2005 I was relaxing at the beach with my family when I received a call that changed my life: Dr. Isaac Espy called with the opportunity to teach English at Demopolis High School. I was so excited, but nervous too, because it meant going back to school for another Master’s degree. I attained my Master of Arts in Teaching English degree from the University of West Alabama in May of 2008. I’ve been teaching English at Demopolis High School since that fateful day!
I have taught English grades 9-11 at Demopolis High School over the past 14 years. I currently teach AP Language and Composition and Advanced English to juniors and Honor's English 9 to freshmen. I have served as the English Department Head for the last three years, and the Student Council advisor for the past 13 years.