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Mrs. Candy Carden

Let me tell you a little bit about myself! I have been married to my best friend, Mr. Joshua Carden, for the past 7 years and it is an amazing adventure each and every day!  Some of you may remember me as Ms. Sparks (my maiden name). We do not have any children yet- for now spoiling our nieces and nephews & the students I share my days with are just enough for me!  We do have a little "fur-baby".  She is a Yorkie-Poo and spoiled rotten!!!  Her name is Tinkerbell ("Tink" for short) and she is 10 pounds of fluffiness and wet kisses!  I love enjoying my evenings & weekends with Joshua & Tink!!  Hopefully in the near future we will welcome a little one into the Carden family :)

I am proud to say that I have been a St. Clair Saint all my life! I attended Odenville Elementary through St. Clair County High School.  I graduated from SCCHS in 2003 and began attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I received a Bachelors of Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. From then I continued at UAB to earn a Masters of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. This is my 12th year of teaching…. the first 2 years were in 4th grade and this being my 10th year teaching 3rd grade. I was BLESSED with the privilege of being able to teach at Odenville Intermediate School upon earning my degree, and have been here ever since- and I hope to stay at this wonderful school for years to come! I could not ask for a better school, students, or parents.

My goal as a teacher is to be a role model to each of my students. I hope each day that my students, and all that I meet, understand how important they are and see the potential within themselves and strive to achieve their greatest success and most amazing dreams! I pray I can play just a small part in raising a generation of kind, caring, lifelong learners as well as respectful and responsible young adults.

It is going to be a wonderful year!