ALFA PRESENTS CAR TO ALABAMA'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR
MONTGOMERY Alabama's Teacher of the Year, Pamela Taylor Henson of Daphne, has been presented the use of a new automobile for one year by Alfa Insurance Company and Alfa Farmers in Montgomery.
Goodwin L. Myrick, Alfa president, presented Mrs. Henson with the keys to a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina during a ceremony at the State Board of Education meeting in Montgomery August 14.
"Teachers play an essential role in society," Myrick said. "They not only train minds, they help shape futures. We are honored to be able to show our appreciation for the work of Alabama's teachers by providing this car."
Mrs. Henson, a science teacher at Foley High School in Baldwin County, estimates she will log 25,000 - 30,000 miles next year, conducting teacher workshops and speaking at schools, businesses and civic organizations statewide.
"My '84 Oldsmobile was not going to make it," she said. "I don't know what I would have done. It (the use of a car) was an answer to prayer."
In addition to her recognition as Teacher of the Year 1997-98, in 1996 Mrs. Henson was named Alabama's Outstanding Earth Science Teacher; Governor's Conservation Educator of the Year; Who's Who Among America's Teachers; and Tandy Technology Scholar. In 1995, she was named Outstanding Instructor in Environmental Education and ""One of 60 Leaders for the Next Century"" by the Mobile Press Register. In 1994, she received the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, and in 1989, she was named Alabama Science Teacher of the Year.