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"J. Paul Till, Director, Information Department"
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MONTGOMERY The Alfa Teacher of the Month program has selected a Montgomery County elementary school principal, Eloise Moseley, as its top educator for June.

A 31-year education veteran, Mrs. Moseley is the principal of Morningview Elementary School in Montgomery. She is one of two principals from across the state that will be honored by Alfa's Teacher of the Month program. As this month's winner, Mrs. Moseley 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. Moseley has served on the faculty of five elementary schools in Montgomery, two as a teacher and three as an administrator. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Troy State University and an AA certificate from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Mrs. Moseley's philosophy that "all students can learn and be successful" drives her management style.

"I believe students and faculty should have a safe school environment where opportunities for student learning and achievement are provided daily," she says.

But successful education also depends on contributions from outside the classroom, she says.

"My open-door policy allows community access and parent involvement to enhance the total school program."

Former Montgomery County school board member, Tony Edwards, whose children currently attend Morningview, calls Mrs. Moseley a "representative of all of the excellent characteristics that anyone would hope to find in a principal.

"She recognizes the abilities, talents and differences of each of the students and works with those students and their teachers to try to help them do the very best that they can," he says.

Mrs. Moseley's dedication to students has earned her the praise of parents and colleagues. She has been named Principal of the Year four times in the past decade by the Montgomery Council of PTAs and was Alabama's Principal of the Year for 1987-88.

Ms. Moseley lives in Montgomery with her husband, Rusty. They have two sons, Greg and Brian, and are expecting their first grandchild in September.

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. Teachers and principals must apply for the award. The State Department of Education, which is helping coordinate the program, has already sent information to each board district on how teachers and principals can apply. The department has also sent that information to private schools.

Mrs. Moseley is the first principal to be chosen by the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. Alfa will also honor a principal in July.

The Alfa Teacher of the Month program has already saluted two teachers from Alabama's private school system, Connie Gibson of Pickens County in April and Kay Whaley of Barbour County in May. Monthly winners also include public school teachers Jane Whitfield of Etowah County, January; Lori Ann McGuire of Colbert County, February; and Jeanette Darby of Shelby County, March.

Information on the Alfa 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.

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