BARBOUR COUNTY TEACHER NAMED ALFA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
MONTGOMERY A Barbour County high school teacher, Kay Johnson Whaley, has been named Alfa's Teacher of the Month for May.
An 18-year veteran of the classroom, Mrs. Whaley heads the English department at Lakeside School in Eufaula. As this month's winner, Mrs. Whaley will receive $1,000 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 excellence in education.
Mrs. Whaley began her teaching career at Eufaula High School after graduating from Auburn University in 1980. In 1992, she moved to Lakeside where she teaches speech and publications classes as well as basic and college-preparatory English. Mrs. Whaley's teaching philosophy is rooted in the need for students to develop character and the ability to think.
"My job as a teacher is a 24-hour role," Mrs. Whaley says. "When I model character, then I am teaching values deliberately."
As Lakeside's Teacher of the Year in 1997, Mrs. Whaley has earned praise from former students and fellow teachers for her ability to inspire classes. "To teach students to think for themselves is not only the greatest challenge in education, but also the most rewarding," Mrs. Whaley says.
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. Whaley and her husband, William, live in Eufaula and have a daughter, Laura, and a son, Ryan.