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May 22, 2003   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 22, 2003

Alabama Teacher of the Year Tammy Rickard, center, accepts the keys to a new Chevrolet Impala from Alfa President Jerry Newby. This is the seventh year that Alfa has supplied the Alabama Teacher of the Year the use of a car and insurance for one year. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Alfa Executive Vice President of Operations Lee Ellis, Newby, Rickard, State School Superintendent Ed Richardson and Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Mike Kilgore.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's 2003-2004 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Rickard, a teacher at Spain Park High School in the Hoover City School System, received the year's use of a new car courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa building in Montgomery Thursday. Alfa President Jerry Newby presented Ms. Rickard the keys to a 2003 Chevrolet Impala as part of her award for being named the state's top teacher.

State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson made the announcement during a reception Wednesday evening that honored 16 Teacher of the Year district finalists.

A teacher for 14 years, Rickard teaches ninth and tenth grade biology. Her professional credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Biology, Cum Laude from the University of North Alabama, a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Comprehensive Science from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Master of Arts in Education -- Class A Professional Certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"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. Rickard. 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 seventh 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 their school receiving $1,000.

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