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"Jeff Helms, Dept. of Public Relations"
334 613-4212

MONTGOMERY Coffee County economics teacher, Lee Gibson Bradley, has been named Alfa's Teacher of the Month for November.

Mrs. Bradley, who began her teaching career as a substitute in 1980, currently teaches economics and advanced placement economics at Enterprise High School. As this month's winner, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa, as will her school. Alfa Insurance Company and the Alabama Farmers Federation began sponsoring the awards program last year in an effort to recognize excellence in education.

A graduate of Troy State University, Mrs. Bradley was named the Alabama Secondary Economics Teacher of the Year in 1998. Her first teaching experience, however, came when, as a child, she taught a sibling how to make a paper airplane.

"Teaching is not what I do; it is who I am," she said. "I am that little girl of five who knew, from the very first time she touched chalk to board and directed a younger sister to pay attention, the meaning of vocation."

Today, Mrs. Bradley is motivated by the "good days," when she sees the pride and pleasure in her students' eyes as they master a challenging concept.

"When I went into teaching, I knew I would never be a millionaire. And do you know what? I wouldn't take a million dollars for even one of those good days," she said.

Keith Gamble, a former student, described Mrs. Bradley's teaching style.

"Mrs. Bradley adds life to her teaching through an interactive classroom. Her demonstrations always add substance and provide real-world applications. Her analogies of old economic principles to everyday teenage life show the way to understanding the often painstaking subject," he said.

During 1999, 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; two private school teachers; and two principals. Each winner is chosen based on an independent committee's evaluation of the applications received.

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