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ALSDE ANNOUNCES "SWEET 16" TEACHER OF YEAR FINALISTS

State of Alabama
Department of Education
Michael Sentance
State Superintendent
of Education

 
Alabama
State Board
of Education
 
Governor
Kay Ivey
President
 
Jackie Zeigler
District I
 
Betty Peters
District II
 
Stephanie Bell
District III
 
Yvette M. Richardson, Ed.D.
District IV
Vice President
 
Ella B. Bell
District V
 
Cynthia McCarty, Ph.D.
District VI
 
Jeff Newman
District VII
 
Mary Scott Hunter, J.D.
District VIII
President Pro Tem
 
Michael Sentance, J.D., L.L.M.
Secretary and
Executive Officer 
 
 

 

News Release:

Contact: Erica Pippins Franklin
334-353-1497
epippins@alsde.edu

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

 

Elementary

 

  District                               

 

I

 

Chasity Collier

 

 

Dawes Intermediate School

 

Mobile County School System

 

II

 

Charlotte D. Hartley

 

 

Montana Street Magnet School

 

Dothan City School System

 

III

 

Ami Reeves Brooks

 

Indian Valley Elementary School

 

Sylacauga City School System

 

IV

 

Dr. Tara M. Foster

 

 

Brighton Middle School

 

Jefferson County School System

 

V

 

Jean Renae Allen

 

 

Pike Road School

 

Pike Road City School System

 

 

VI

 

Erica Rutherford

 

 

Cullman City Primary School

 

Cullman City School System

 

VII

 

Amy Foster Anderson

 

 

Crestline Elementary School

 

Mountain Brook City School System

 

 

VIII

 

Mary M. Tate

 

 

Mt. Carmel Elementary School

 

Madison County School System

 

 

Secondary

 

District     

 

I

 

Jamie Nicole Minsoso

 

Daphne High School

 

Baldwin County School System

 

II

 

Emily S. Sassano

 

 

Benjamin Russell High School

 

Alexander City School System

 

III

 

Robert Paul McEwan

 

 

Hoover High School

 

Hoover City School System

 

IV

 

Natalie Ann Roig

 

 

Paul W. Bryant High School

 

Tuscaloosa City

School System

 

V

 

Monica Pontoo

 

 

Bullock County High School

 

Bullock County School System

 

VI

 

Mickie Wafler Gibbs

 

 

Arab Junior High School

 

Arab City School System

 

VII

 

Malysa Ornett Chandler

 

 

Shades Valley High School

 

 

Jefferson County School System

 

VIII

 

Thomasena R. Garner

 

 

Liberty Middle School

 

Madison City School System

 

 

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