“I got married and had kids,” she said. “I feel like I was called to teach. I wasted time in between.”
Brimer has taught at Jacksonville Christian Academy for the past 18 years. She currently teaches third grade.
“I wouldn’t go anywhere else to teach,” she said. “I love where I work.”
Brimer and her husband, Karl, have two daughters, Marissa Brimer and Heather Brimer of Saks.
Their 18-year-old son, Matt, a volunteer firefighter for the City of Weaver, was killed in an accident while on his way to fight a fire in 2003. Matt’s parents were present when he was honored at the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation in Frederick, Md., in 2004, where a monument contains the names of 3000 firefighters who have died since 1981.
“We went to the ceremony and were so impressed by the way people treated us and the respect they showed us, that my husband and I have gone back every year at our own expense to help other families who have lost firefighters,” she said.
Brimer is a graduate of Saks High and Jacksonville State University.
She said she appreciates the Kiwanis Club for recognizing her dedication to teaching.
“I was really honored to receive the award,” she said. “I was very pleased that they would chose to honor a private Christian school. It means a lot to us, and it means a lot to me to know that they recognize my achievements and my hard work.”
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