State of Alabama
Contact: Erica Pippins Franklin
ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR DISTRICT FINALISTS EXEMPLIFY EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Montgomery, Ala. - Sixteen finalists have emerged from a group of over 140 exceptional educators from the across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers.
The pool will soon be narrowed down to four, and the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.
State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance said, “Well-prepared, dedicated, caring, enthusiastic, and innovative elementary and secondary teachers are essential to achieving excellence in Alabama’s schools. The 16 Alabama Teacher of the Year finalists are shining examples of professionalism and dedication to Alabama’s most valued asset – its children.”
Alabama’s Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as a full-time ambassador 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.
Speaking on her experiences as a previous finalist and as Alabama’s current Teacher of the Year, Dana Jacobson said, serving this year as the 2016-2017 Alabama Teacher of the Year “has been both a gift and a responsibility, an honor and a privilege.”
“This year has been one of the top learning experiences of my life and has validated what I believe: Visionary teachers across the state – with support from courageous administrators – are collaborating to find innovative ways to engage students and prepare them for success in the future, and layers of resources to support teachers and students yield amazing results,” Jacobson said, noting that throughout the year, people have stopped her to share stories of those outstanding teachers who changed their lives.
“To elevate the teaching profession and student success, we must share our stories and collaborate with all stakeholders as together we move education in our state and country forward,” she said. “Please join me in congratulating the 16 district finalists who represent shining stars in classrooms across Alabama. As these teachers step forward to share their stories, I know that the dialogue about education will be enriched, broadened, and strengthened.”
An elementary and secondary teacher was named from each of the eight Alabama State Board of Education districts in March. Local board of education members, a local superintendent or representative, the current district Teachers of the Year, and a representative from higher education served as committee members in selecting nominees.
Alabama Teacher of the Year Program
2017-2018 District Teachers of the Year
Gordon Persons Building • P.O. Box 302101 • Montgomery, AL 36130
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