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SHELBY COUNTY TEACHER NAMED ALFA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
"J. Paul Till, Director, Information Department"
334 613-4313

MONTGOMERY A Shelby County middle school teacher, Jeanette Darby, has been named the Alfa Teacher of the Month for March.

Mrs. Darby, a seventh-grade math and English teacher at Oak Mountain Middle School near Birmingham, will receive a $1,000 check from Alfa as will her school. Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation are sponsoring the awards program in an effort to encourage quality and reward excellence in education.

A Kentucky native, Mrs. Darby is a 22-year veteran of the classroom. She says that her years of experience in the classroom have taught her that teaching is more than just a job, "its an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life."

In addition to her work as a teacher, Mrs. Darby is a member of the governing board of the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association. She is also a member of the Alabama Middle School Association, International Mentoring Program, National Education Association and the Shelby County Education Association.

A graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky, Mrs. Darby earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in reading and Rank I Elementary Principal/Supervisor of Instruction. She has recently received her administrative certification from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo.

During 1998, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program will honor one outstanding public school teacher from each of the state's eight public school districts; two private school teachers; and two principals. Each month's winner will be chosen based on an independent committee's evaluation of the applications received. Information on the Teacher of the Month program and the application process is available from local superintendents or from the state Department of Education in Montgomery, 334/242-9950.

Mrs. Darby and her husband, Rickey, live in Birmingham and have a 4-year-old daughter, Catherine.


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