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Back to School


With July almost behind us, the 2019-2020 school year is quickly approaching. In the weeks leading up to this fresh start, there are a few ways to make the transition from a carefree summer back to an 8-3 school schedule as smooth as possible. Here are three handy tips from the Alice Maxwell team to help get you back on track.


Reintroduce Routines

 The first taste of summer means throwing nicely scheduled timetables out the window. Later nights, sweeter snacks, and less consistent engagement offer freedom and rest during summer break. For the school year, though, bedtimes, curfews, and loosely scheduled activities (especially for younger kids) help with classroom focus and retention. Consistent dinner schedules can also help get your family on track for your school year schedule. Reintroducing these timestamps a few weeks early will help your students feel better prepared and at ease when the first day rolls around.



Shop for Supplies

Whether you got all your school shopping done on Alabama’s annual tax-free holiday, have had it done for weeks, or push it until the day before the bell rings, having your students’ clothes and supplies ready before the school year chaos begins benefits everyone. Of course, getting a head start is always helpful – to decrease stress about finding that specific orange folder or the pair of jeans little Sally has been asking for since summer session started.





Refresh and prepare

Summer work is almost always a bummer, but there’s a reason it’s so common. No matter your students’ age levels, engaging with previous and future work is bound to help them out come August. Whether it’s reading an assigned novel for English, prepping for the ACT or SAT, or competing in a timed math equation race, placing academic challenges in front of your children will undoubtedly benefit them in the year to come. Rather than worrying about playing catch up, your students will be ready for whatever the 2019-2020 school year throws their way!




There are plenty of helpful ways to ensure your family is ready to jump back into the school year grind. Reintroducing routines, preparing supplies, and brushing up on academics are only a few beneficial tips the Alice Maxwell Team hopes will help you and your family finish the summer well and have a fun, productive school year!


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Alice Maxwell

To know Alice Maxwell, Top Agent in Tuscaloosa AL, is quite frankly to love her. Vibrant and charming, she’s one of the region’s most successful REALTORS®. When asked about her sales, she sheepishly says, “Honestly, I’m not sure. I just take care of people. That’s what I love doing.” – Top Agent Magazine A Tuscaloosa Native, it’s this passion for people and knowledge of her hometown that has made Alice Maxwell a top REALTOR® in the Tuscaloosa area since 1993. She is quick to say, “I eat, sleep and breathe real estate. I love taking care of people!” It’s no surprise that clients quickly become lifelong friends, making her business one that is built on personal relationships, personal referrals and corporate relocations. By employing the latest technologies and marketing strategies, Alice does everything possible to ensure her clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. She and her team are committed to aggressively marketing their client’s listings, as well as finding the perfect home or condo for their buyers. To further assist her buyer’s need, she has a trusted network of professionals from inspectors, contractors, handymen to loan officers. Devoted to giving back to her community, Alice can often be found hammering at a new Habitat for Humanity house or feeding a group of students from Collegiate Recovery Community. She has served on the United Way Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Board of Directors for Capstone Bank, and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. She also serves her alma mater, The University of Alabama, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Women of the Capstone, and Human Environmental Sciences Leadership Board. After earning her REALTOR® license, Alice earned her CRS, ABR and GRI designations. Since becoming a principal in Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa, she has participated in extensive training--recently completing Keller Williams’ signature training program, BOLD. Her knowledge of the industry paired with her knowledge of the Tuscaloosa market allows her to offer the highest level of service to each client. Because of her training and hard work, she has been named REALTOR® of the Year, and won the Arthur B. Pope award from the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors. Alice is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and together they are parents of Anne, Davis and Stuart. In the spirit of the Maxwell tradition, all three children have pursued individual careers in different spheres of real estate. When not busy with real estate, Alice and Johnny are often found spending quality time with their five grandchildren, their dogs, close friends or Alice’s 89-year-old mother, Dee. It’s a full and busy life! Alice probably sums it up best saying, “If you had told me years ago that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed it. I just know that I work hard and I believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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