Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Image by Ryan McGill
Dedicated instructor, Glenn Allen Bobo, is bidding farewell to his esteemed career after 33 years. Bobo’s journey into teaching was an unexpected one, as he stumbled upon the profession through a series of fortunate events. After completing his bachelor’s degree in biology, he worked at Alan’s Discount Music. It was during this time that he formed a friendship with a teacher who sparked his interest in the profession. Combining this newfound inspiration with a reported shortage of science teachers, Bobo decided to pursue a master’s degree in order to teach high school biology. He also took graduate-level chemistry courses to expand his career prospects, eventually leading him to his well-known roles at Walker College and Bevill State Community College.
Reflecting on his passion for education, Bobo shares, “My priorities have evolved, as my focus has gone from just the subjects I teach to a broader look at learning in general, and advising students to help them take all the right courses for the degree they are seeking.” This evolution highlights his dedication to not only teaching specific subjects but also guiding students on their educational journeys.
When asked about the most rewarding moments throughout his teaching career, Bobo proudly mentions two achievements.
“I take pride in the success of my former students who have excelled in fields reliant on the knowledge imparted in my classes. Secondly, the success of the scholar’s bowl program, which I led as a sponsor. The program has consistently achieved top rankings in both the Alabama College Bowl League and the national level.”
When asked to give advice for aspiring educators, Bobo emphasizes the importance of prioritizing students and pushing them to exceed their own expectations. He also encourages continuous personal growth, urging educators to never stop improving themselves in order to provide the best education possible.
Looking ahead to his retirement, Bobo has plans in place for the next chapter of his life. While he would love to travel and play music, those aspirations may have to wait. He has a new career lined up, which he plans to embark on in July. He also hints at the possibility of continuing to teach part-time, indicating that his passion for education may still find a place in his post-retirement life. WL