‘Who I want in my classroom’
Huber, 25, and Redman, 23, had been engaged since June 2013. She already had a finance degree but she had began taking art classes. She hoped to eventually finish her degree and become an art teacher. She created crosses and crowns and advertised her work on Etsy. As a teenager, she attended a private college preparatory school, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and was a cheerleader. Despite having a hearing impairment, Huber had no need to take special education classes. After graduation, Huber returned to the school to teach art classes at a summer camp.
When Redman accepted an assistant coaching job to help kick off Dalton State’s new basketball team in 2013, Huber began looking for a job and followed her love to Dalton. She became a kindergarten teacher’s assistant at City Park School.
During her job interview last fall, Huber mentioned she was interested in eventually becoming a teacher, Principal Rick Little said. He learned during then that she read lips because of a hearing impairment.
“A lot of hearing impaired folks you have to be in face-to-face contact with them, but with her, she always picked up everything you said,” Little said. “It’s not like you had to be looking directly at her to make that contact, which is very unusual.”
By the time the interview was over, the first-year teacher Huber would soon be working with was sold.
“She was so excited,” Little said of the teacher. “She said, ‘That’s who I want in my classroom.’”
Huber loved working with the young students, Lori Huber said. At City Park, counselors and administrators met with the class on Tuesday and explained that she wouldn’t be coming back. The students had seen her only the day before since she worked before leaving with Redman for their wedding week. They were on their way to Mobile, Ala. Both Redman and Huber are from the Mobile area. Little said the reality of the situation probably still hasn’t sunk in for most students. Teachers are having a hard time grappling with it themselves, he said.
“She had just been with us since November, so everybody was just getting to know her really well,” he said. “But she made a real impact on the staff here with her positive attitude and just always smiling and how she approached her job.”
Faculty and staff at the school are discussing possibly setting up a scholarship in her honor.
About a week ago, Redman had come to the school to have lunch with Huber. Many talked about how much in love they were and how excited Huber was about the wedding.
On social media, Huber referred often to God’s plans for her life. Her faith was strong and she and Redman had visited at least one church in Dalton, Lori Huber said. They were deciding where they wanted to settle in.
Huber leaves behind a brother, Michael Huber; sister, Gretchen Hall; biological mother, Margaret Hall; father, Mike Huber; and stepmother Lori Huber.