A math teacher at Birmingham's Jackson-Olin High School is the state's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Alison Grizzle was selected out of 12 semi-finalists, according to State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice.
"We are excited about Dr. Alison Grizzle being named Alabama Teacher of the Year. She embodies all of the qualities I think of when I use the term teacher," Bice said.
Dr. Grizzle is a graduate of Denison University in Ohio. She received her doctorate degree from Walden University in Minnesota.
The National Board Certified teacher has taught math in the Birmingham City School system since 1999.
Dr. Grizzle's students average an 85% pass rate on the math section of the state high school exit exam.
"I have yet to leave school saying, ‘Today all of my students' lives were enriched because they had me as a teacher.' Every day that I leave school, I know that I can always change something to engage more students and impact their learning more effectively," she said.
The honor means Grizzle will serve as the official spokesperson and representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year.