• Congratulations to Mrs. Janice Kinard,
    FMS Teacher of the Year for 2017/2018!
     
    Mrs. Kinard, FMS Teacher of the Year!  
     

    Pictured left to right, Mrs. Jessica Webb, 8th Grade Principal, Mrs. Janice Kinard, FMS Teacher of the Year,

    and Mrs. Angie Hall, Principal.

    Congratulations to Mrs. Janice Kinard, 7th grade science teacher, who was selected by the faculty as Teacher of the Year for Fairhope Middle School 2017/2018! Mrs. Kinard has also received the FEEF sponsored Student's Choice award for the past two years. 

    Originally from Mississippi, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th and college level in Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama. This is her 20th year at Fairhope Middle School.

    Regarding her interests, she enjoys being outdoors, whether it is taking a walk on the beach, in the woods or her neighborhood, or just sitting on the porch. Mrs.Kinard and her husband are both pilots and enjoy flying. She also raises orphaned squirrels and releases them in her backyard.  

    Mrs. Kinard is the Science Club sponsor and also sponsors a 3 day, 2 night field trip for 7th graders to Camp McDowell. She organized the successful FMS Solar Eclipse Event on the first day of school, August 21, 2017. 

    According to her bio,"What you really need to know about me.......

    *  I LOVE Science and I LOVE learning.

    *  I do NOT understand not doing your best.

    *  I am science nerd....nerdy to the bone!

    *  I am here to help you - to help you be the best you can be, to help you learn.

    *  I want my students to be thinkers and problem solvers!"

     Again, kudos to Mrs. Kinard for being selected by her peers to be the FMS Teacher of the Year!

     

    Mrs. Kinard  

    ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR SIXTEEN FINALISTS ANNOUNCED TODAY

    Each Committed to Helping Students Excel - Judges Now Prepared to Narrow Field to Final Four

    Montgomery, Ala. – Highly-skilled, dedicated, and caring teachers are essential to achieving excellence and in preparing our nation’s next generation of outstanding professionals.

    The 16 outstanding educators who have been selected as finalists for Alabama’s 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year exemplify these qualities and more. Each has accomplished great things with the students they mentor, teach, and inspire daily. They exemplify teaching at its best.

    The 16 finalists have emerged from a group of over 170 exceptional educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious state award programs for teachers.

    Alabama State Department of Education - 2018-2019 District Teachers of the Year

    • Nadine Lynch St. Elmo Elementary School, Mobile County School System (District I Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Janice D. Kinard - Fairhope Middle School, Baldwin County School System (District I Secondary Teacher of the Year)
    • Dr. Brittney Duncan Wrights Mill Road Elementary School, Auburn City School System (District II Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Dr. Blake Busbin Auburn High School, Auburn City School System (District II Secondary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Carol McLaughlin Greystone Elementary School, Hoover City School System (District III Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Lincoln Clark Berry Middle School, Hoover City School System (District III Secondary Teacher of the Year)
    • Meghan Allen Minor Community School, Jefferson County School System (District IV Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Lisa Gaines Homewood Middle School, Homewood City School System (District IV Secondary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Jennifer J. Parten Thomasville Elementary School, Thomasville City School System(District V Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Zestlan Simmons Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery County School System (District V Secondary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Dr. James Tarlton Wilder, III Odenville Middle School, St. Clair County School System (District VI Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Ashley Nicole Holmes Falkville High School, Morgan County School System(District VI Secondary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Rachel Pucko Northport Elementary School, Tuscaloosa County School System (District VII Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Robin M. Thompson Florence High School, Florence City School System (District VII Secondary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Donna Holderfield John S. Jones Elementary School, Etowah County School System (District VIII Elementary Teacher of the Year) 
    • Stephenie T. Smith Buckhorn Middle School, Madison County School System(District VIII Secondary Teacher of the Year) 

    This pool of outstanding educators will soon be narrowed down to four, and the 2018-2019 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 9, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.

    “Judges Prepare to Narrow the Field Down to Four” 

    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.

    Reflecting on her experiences as a previous finalist and as Alabama’s current Teacher of the Year, Chasity Collier said, “Congratulations to the 16 teachers chosen to represent their districts. Thanks to each of you for the wonderful work you do with your students as well as the work you do to elevate and strengthen our profession.” 

    Mrs. Kinard (pictured next to Mr. Eddie Tyler, Superintendent)

    Two veteran educators have taken top honors as Baldwin County Public Schools announced Its 2018 Teachers of the Year. The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Gerri McDonald, [left] who teaches Gifted students at Perdido Elementary in north Baldwin County. The Secondary Teacher of the Year is Janice Kinard, Fairhope Middle School, who teaches Science. 

    “We are so very proud of Mrs. Kinard and Mrs. McDonald, who are so deserving of this honor, pouring their heart and soul into students every day, day in and day out,” said Eddie Tyler, Superintendent.  “It is a highlight of our entire year to stop and recognize all 46 Teachers of the Year, chosen at the school level by their peers – what an honor. Our teachers are making a difference in the lives of students all across our county, and I couldn’t be more proud,” Tyler said.

    The Baldwin County Education Coalition sponsored the Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 22nd at The Grand Hotel. Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack was the keynote speaker.