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Alfa Presents New Car to Teacher of The Year
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686

MONTGOMERY Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance Companies, one of the sponsors of the Alabama Teacher of the Year program, presented a 2000 model Chevrolet Lumina to Ann Dominick Hardin, the 1999-2000 Teacher of the Year during a Sept. 9 ceremony.

Alfa President Jerry Newby joined State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson for the presentation. Alfa annually provides a new car to be used for travel as part of the teacher of the year's responsibilities. Hardin will spend much of the 1999-2000 school year traveling across Alabama as an ambassador for public education and the teaching profession.

"As a farmer, I know that plants and animals require a good environment and careful nurturing to grow and be productive," said Alfa President Jerry Newby. "It is the same for children. For students to achieve, schools must provide a setting that inspires learning and teachers with the desire and skills to help their students develop. We are pleased to help reward our state's Teacher of the Year for the great job she has done in nurturing the minds of her students."

Hardin is a fourth-grade teacher at South Shades Crest Elementary School in the Hoover city school system. As a teacher for 13 years, Hardin earned a doctorate in elementary education from Vanderbilt University. She also has a certificate of advanced studies from Harvard University, a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama Birmingham and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Auburn University.

"The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance Companies help us have a state teacher of the year program that is among the best in the United States," said State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson. "The board of education and I are grateful for their support."

The selection process for the Alabama State Teacher of the Year begins at the school level. School honorees are nominated to the school system level and each school system can nominate an elementary and a secondary teacher to the district level. An elementary and a secondary teacher are selected from each of the eight state board of education districts. A state selection committee then picks finalists to be interviewed to determine the Alabama State Teacher of the Year and an alternate.

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