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October 01, 2001   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
October 01, 2001

"MONTGOMERY, Ala" A junior high teacher from Montgomery has been named Alfa's Teacher of the Month for October. As this month's winner, Amy Boyd and Goodwyn Junior High School each will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation. Mrs. Boyd joins the ranks of 45 outstanding educators from throughout Alabama who have been honored by Alfa since the program's inception in 1998.

A graduate of Troy State University, Mrs. Boyd began her teaching career in 1964. During her 37 years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Boyd has received numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to education in the state. However, she said being named Alfa's Teacher of the Month, was the highest honor of them all.

"I feel that children are our most precious commodities and should always be treated with dignity and respect," Mrs. Boyd said. "My goal as a teacher is to teach the child, but sometimes it is not always easy to find strategies to teach every child. In order to do that, I try to determine how each child learns best and use auditory, visual, kinesthetic and mnemonic devices to make each child successful."

Mrs. Boyd, who teaches social studies at Goodwyn Junior High, said she also makes sure each student knows the real purpose of their existence is not to make a living, but to make a life -- a worthy, well-rounded, useful life.

Communication is key to successful learning, Mrs. Boyd said. She sends home weekly progress reports to parents as well as mid-term reports that evaluate the student's work. She led the committee to discuss school uniforms for Goodwyn, which eventually adopted the policy. Uniform school outfits allow students to concentrate on academics instead of "focusing on fashion," Mrs. Boyd said.

Mrs. Boyd said she reminds her students of history as it's being made. For example, during the recent attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Boyd deviated from her normal lesson plans and allowed students to watch the events on TV and discuss what was happening.

"That was a monumental event in our nation's history and as sad as it was, I think it was important for our students to be aware of what was happening," she said. "I believe students should "seize the moment."

Each year, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program honors 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. 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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