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I am a graduate of Jacksonville State University, University of Alabama.  I am certified to teach Art for grades PK-12. I am also a highly qualifed and certified regular classroom teacher for grades K-6.


I am fortunate to have a wealth of experience in the field of art. Having the life experience of art and creativity enhanced my formal education at Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama.  I worked at the Birmingahm Museum of art where I was a preparitor and a graphic designer.

I have taught art here in Pell City for over seventeen years, and I taught art in the Anniston School System (Golden Springs Elementary) for two years. I have conducted numorous art camps and lessons, and still do during the summers here at Iola Roberts.

I am also a professional artist with work in private and public collections. I designed the City Seal for the City of Pell City, and have painted many murals in private residences and public buildings in St. Clair and Shelby Counties.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Mr. Jerry Wayne Spradley but my friends call me "Buddy". I have lived here in Pell City my entire life and I actually grew up three blocks from Iola Roberts and attended this school in the First and Second Grade. Art has always been a major part of my life. Growing up with a world reknown artist as your father does make an impact on what one does. I spent my weekends and summers going to art shows, galleries and museums. I am fortunate to have parents who have involved my brother and I in the family business. I received my art training beginning at a very young age selling my first drawing at the age of 5 and winning art awards at the age of 8. After graduating from Pell City High School I attended Jacksonville State University and The University of Alabama where I studied Art and Education. I also have a minors in Sociology, Anthropology and Graphic Design.  I am a member and Sunday School teacher at the United Methodist Church here in Pell City, and member of the Ben M. Jacobs Masonic Lodge as well as the Eastern Star.