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September 06, 2001   Email to Friend 

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

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby, center, presented a 2002 Chevrolet Impala to Alabama Teacher of the Year Theresa Farmer Sept. 6 at the Alfa building in Montgomery. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore, Alfa Executive Vice President of Operations Lee Ellis, Newby, Farmer and State School Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson.
"MONTGOMERY, Ala." Alabama's 2001-2002 Teacher of the Year, Theresa Farmer of Birmingham, received a new car courtesy of Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa building in Montgomery on Thursday. Alfa President Jerry Newby presented the fourth-grade teacher the keys to a 2002 Chevrolet Impala as part of her award for being named the state's top teacher.

A teacher for 20 years, Farmer teaches fourth grade at Oak Mountain Intermediate School in Shelby County and currently is pursuing an educational specialist degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in elementary education from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. In 2000, she received a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards grant from the Alabama Department of Education and is pursuing National Board Certification. Farmer was appointed to serve from 1999 to 2002 as a trainer for the Special Education Services Division of the State Department of Education and is a grant recipient through the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation.

"We are proud to be a part of this program which recognizes great teachers in our state," Newby said. "Alfa is glad to supply an automobile and the insurance for the next year to Ms. Farmer. 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 does in nurturing the minds of her students."

In the coming year, Farmer said she plans to share her strategies for meaningful instruction with other educators in the state.

"Alfa has proven to be committed to education, and I hope personally to travel throughout the regions of Alabama in the coming year and will do so with pride and gratitude because of this wonderful vehicle the Alfa Company has provided," she said.

During the presentation, Newby announced the continuation of the Alfa Teacher of the Month program, a separate program from the Teacher of the Year.

This is the fifth year Alfa has presented a car to the state teacher of the year. State School Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson praised Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation for its continued support of education.

"Recognizing the outstanding qualities and accomplishments of Alabama's top teachers is a primary goal for our Teacher of the Year Program," Richardson said. "The State Board of Education and I are pleased that continued support from sponsors such as Alfa allow us to more fully reward those efforts."

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