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Alabama teacher of year narrows to 16, eight local educators named

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It's a coveted title that will be announced in a grand way in less than a month. For now 16 educators in Alabama know that they are highlighted as a group top educators honored for their achievements in and out of the classroom. Below is a media release from Alabama Department of Education announcing the 16 finalists. The Alabama Teacher of the Year winner will be announced in Montgomery on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

News Release:

ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR "SWEET 16" FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Montgomery, Ala. — The "Sweet 16" Finalists have been selected from a group of dedicated elementary and secondary school educators who were chosen by their school districts as candidates for Alabama's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. The field will soon be narrowed down to the "Final Four," with the Teacher of the Year winner being revealed at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Department of Education on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace.

"The educators nominated for this prestigious award nurture the character, intellect, and talent of Alabama's students," said Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education. "They exemplify teaching at its best and we are proud to have them teaching in our state."

 

Alabama's Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as the spokesperson for education and the teaching profession as well as presenting workshops to various groups. Additionally, Alabama's representative is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

Suzanne Culbreth, a previous finalist and Alabama's current Teacher of the Year, said, "It has been an honor to represent and be the voice for teachers in Alabama this year. I have had the great privilege of not only traveling throughout the state to see the life-changing effects our schools are having, but also sharing nationally the great things happening in education in Alabama. Being Alabama's Teacher of the Year has provided opportunities beyond my imagination. Congratulations to the Sweet 16 and thank you for your commitment to students and learning!" 

 

An elementary and secondary teacher was nominated from each of the eight Alabama State Board of Education districts in March. A member of the Alabama State Board of Education, the local board of education, a local superintendent or representative, the current district Teachers of the Year, and a representative from higher education served as committee members in selecting the finalists.

 

 

 

Alabama Teacher of the Year Program 2013-2014 District Teachers of the Year

 

 

Elementary

District                                 Name                                  School                                System

 

 

I

 

 

Lauren Brannan

 

J. E. Turner Elementary

 

 

Mobile County

 

II

 

Tracy Pruitt

Montana Street Academic Magnet

 

Dothan City

 

III

 

Ginger Aaron

 

Valley Elementary

 

Shelby County

 

IV

 

Jerome Isley

Hall-Kent

Elementary

 

Homewood City

 

V

 

Lauren Breeding

 

Wilson Elementary

 

Montgomery County

 

VI

 

Lisa Mallett

White Plains Elementary

 

Calhoun County

 

VII

 

Kathryn Perkins

 

Verner Elementary

 

Tuscaloosa City

 

VIII

 

Farrah Kilgo

 

Ivalee Elementary

 

Etowah County

 

 

                                                                                       Secondary 

 

 District                                  Name                                     School                              System

 

 

I

 

 

Wanda Buckelew

 

McKenzie High School

 

 

Butler County

 

II

 

Barbara Nelson

 

Northview High

 

Dothan City

 

III

 

Jeff Johnson

 

Hoover High

 

Hoover City

 

IV

 

Dr. Alison Grizzle

 

Jackson Olin High

 

Birmingham City

 

V

 

Donna Hughes

 

Saraland Middle

 

Saraland City

 

VI

 

John Griffin

 

         Wellborn High

 

Calhoun County

 

 

VII

 

Martha Elizabeth Fulmer

 

Fayette County

High

 

 

Fayette County

 

VIII

Mary Elizabeth Parker

 

Sparkman Middle

 

Madison County

 

 

 

 

 

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