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August 06, 2001   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
August 06, 2001

"MONTGOMERY, Ala." A Madison County principal, Tommy Ledbetter, has been named Alfa's Teacher of the Month for August. As this month's winner, Ledbetter and his school each will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation. Alfa began sponsoring the program in 1998 as a way of recognizing excellence in education.

Ledbetter received both his master's degree and his AA in school administration and supervision from Alabama A&M University, and began his career in education at Buckhorn High School. He was assistant principal and principal at two other area schools before returning to Buckhorn High 19 years ago to assume the position of principal.

As principal, Ledbetter said it is his responsibility to ensure opportunities exist for all students to reach their greatest potential.

"Each student of today must be viewed as the leader of tomorrow. We should strive to assure that all of our students receive every educational opportunity we would want for our own children," he said.

That's one reason he's so involved in the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI). Through the program, Ledbetter strives to assure that the literacy needs of all students are addressed. In 1999, he worked to make Buckhorn one of the first three high schools to become a Literacy Demonstration Site for the reading project. Only two years after implementing ARI, 100 percent of Buckhorn students passed the new high school graduation exam, according to Katherine Mitchell, director of the ARI.

"Buckhorn has high test scores. They surpass the state average and national average on all accountability measures," Mitchell added.

During 2001, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program will honor one outstanding public school teacher from each of the state's eight public school board districts as well as two private school teachers and two principals. Program criteria and applications are available by clicking on "Alfa Teacher of the Month" in the "Ag Links" section of the Alfa Farmers website, www.alfafarmers.org.

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