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MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Department of Education has announced the four finalists for Teacher of the Year---and three of the teachers are from central Alabama.

Ellen Anson is a K-5 Special Education teacher at Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Hoover. Anson is credited with taking advantage of modern technology to help her students reach their full potential. This includes taking her students on virtual field trips and using mobile devices to teach lessons.

“I have learned that while I am thrilled with major accomplishments, it is the tiny steps of progress that my students make that keep me enthusiastic. It is their smiles when they are understood and their excitement when they accomplish a task that keep me celebrating and dedicated to teaching them day after day, year after year,” said Anson.

The next finalist, Ann Marie Corgill, teaches at Cherokee Bend Elementary school in Mountain Brook. Corgill said she originally thought she wanted to design and build homes, but eventually discovered she had a different calling. Corgill has been an educator for the past 34 years.

“Day after day, year after year, I realize that my job is not simply about teaching, but reaching students by learning about them, honoring their passions, helping them overcome obstacles, and building foundations so that they can achieve their goals, both as learners and people,” said Corgill.

Carrie Jones teaches at Hewitt-Trussville High School in the city of Trussville. She established the Life Skills Academy back in 2005. It’s a program designed for students with special needs to help them in a number of areas including vocational training and daily living skills.

“I believe the art of teaching in the noblest profession one can aspire to obtain…It is the inherent job of a teacher to inspire students to be greater than anyone believes they can, go farther than they think they are able, and give more than they feel they possess,” said Jones.

Another teacher, Christopher D. Payne from Dothan High School, rounds out the top four finalists.

Each finalist will now have an extensive interview with the state judging committee.

The Alabama Teacher of the year will be announced at a ceremony Wednesday, May 14, at RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.

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