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Alabama's new teacher of the year awarded keys to new car Thursday

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Alabama's newest teacher of the year was honored Thursday with a new ride.

ALFA presented Alison Grizzle the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Impala as part of her award for being named the state's top teacher.

Grizzle is a math teacher at Jackson Olin High School in Birmingham.

The State Department of Education made the 2013 Alabama Teacher of the Year announcement Wednesday night in Montgomery.

Grizzle gets to use the new car for a year.

Grizzle has taught math in Birmingham City Schools since 1999.

 "Being named Alabama's Teacher of the Year is such an honor," said Grizzle, who will represent more than 50,000 state educators when she competes for title of National Teacher of the Year. "In my field, I'm not accustomed to being the star of the show. The greatest reward I receive comes at the end of the school year when students receive their graduation exam results and ecstatic to see the word ‘pass' by the mathematics section. It's that day I see the fruits of my labor."

There will be a recognition ceremony for Grizzle Thursday at 6:00pm CT at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

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