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September 04, 2002   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
September 04, 2002

Alfa Farmers President Jerry Newby, second from left, presents Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Rogers of Leeds Elementary School the keys to her new car as Alabama's 2002 Teacher of the Year. Also pictured are Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore, left, and State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson, right.
"MONTGOMERY, Ala. - " Alabama's 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Rogers of Leeds Elementary School, received a new car courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa building in Montgomery Wednesday. Alfa President Jerry Newby presented the Rogers the keys to a 2003 Chevrolet Impala as part of her award for being named the state's top teacher.

A teacher for 22 years, Rogers teaches first and second graders at Leeds Elementary School in the Jefferson County School system. She will spend much of the next school year as an ambassador for public education and the teaching profession. She automatically becomes Alabama's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.

"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 Dr. Rogers. 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."

This is the sixth year that Alfa has presented a car to the state Teacher of the Year. During the presentation, Newby announced the continuation of the Alfa Teacher of the Month program, a separate program from the Teacher of the Year, with the teacher receiving $1,000 and her school receiving $1,000.

State School Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson praised Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation for its continued support of education. "The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa insurance Companies continue to assist us in having a program that is among the best in the nation," he said.

Rogers earned her doctorate, master's, educational specialist and bachelor's degrees from Samford University. A National Board Certified teacher, she just returned from Australia and New Zealand where she was invited to serve as a People to People Ambassador for the Accomplished Teacher Delegation. She has co-authored an award application for the International Reading Association's Exemplary Reading Program for Leeds Elementary School.

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