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August 11, 2000   Email to Friend 

Lorie Johnson
(334) 613-4481
August 11, 2000

MONTGOMERY J. Marilyn Left, Ed.D., principal of Greystone Elementary in Hoover, has been named the Alfa Teacher of the Month for August.

In honor of her accomplishments, Alfa awarded Dr. Left and her school $1,000 each. During 2000, 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 selected based on an independent committee's evaluation of the applications received.

Dr. Left earned her bachelor's degree in science education at Jersey City State College in Jersey City, N.J., and her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

After teaching for almost 30 years, Dr. Left served as assistant principal at Cahaba Heights Elementary and then Leeds Elementary, both in Birmingham, before becoming principal at Greystone. In the last 10 years, she has been named Principal of the Year by the Alabama PTA and Teacher of the Year for both Pinson Elementary and Jefferson County.

"The children and staff at Greystone have risen to meet the mark of excellence that Dr. Left has set," says Susan Larkin, a second grade teacher at Greystone. "She is the kind of principal that inspires teachers and students to do their best."

Under Dr. Left's direction, Greystone offers several unique programs designed to make learning fun including enrichment classes in journalism, sign language and the stock market. She says she believes it takes educators, parents and the community working together to help children reach their potential.

"I believe that every person has a talent and that it is up to educators to build on those talents while we design safety nets to undergird areas of weakness every person has," she said. "Enhancing one's talents promotes self-esteem and self-reliance as it provides confidence to try new things without fear of failure."

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