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May 11, 2006   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA'S TOP TEACHER RECEIVES AUTOMOBILE FROM ALFA
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 11, 2006

Alabama's new Teacher of the Year Cameron McKinley received a year's use of a new automobile, courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation. From left are Alfa Executive Vice President Operations Lee Ellis, Alfa Executive Vice President of Marketing Herman Watts, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joe Morton, Ms. McKinley, Alfa President Jerry A. Newby and Alfa Farmers Executive Director Mike Kilgore.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year, Cameron McKinley, a teacher at Riverchase Elementary School in the Hoover City School System, received a year's use of a new automobile, courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa home office in Montgomery today.

Alfa President Jerry A. Newby presented McKinley the keys to a 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer as part of her award for being named the state's top teacher.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joseph B. Morton made the announcement of Alabama's Teacher of the Year during a reception Wednesday evening that honored 16 district finalists for Teacher of the Year. A national board certified teacher, Ms. McKinley is a technology specialist in the Hoover City School System. A former businesswoman, she left a successful marketing career 10 years ago to pursue her lifelong dream of teaching. She said making a difference in the world, not money, was her motivation. Newby praised the work of McKinley and all Alabama teachers.

"Alabama is blessed to have some of the best teachers in the world," Newby said. "And as Alabama's new Teacher of the Year, Ms. McKinley will serve as a mentor to other teachers in our state. We are pleased to present her this automobile to use for the next year as she travels throughout Alabama sharing her ideas and teaching philosophy. Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation recognize the wonderful job that she and all our teachers do."

Morton praised Alfa's contributions to the Teacher of the Year Program.

"Over the years, Alfa has continued to support teachers in Alabama and prove itself time and time again as a partner in the pursuit of better education," Morton said. "Presenting the Teacher of the Year with an automobile is one more way Alfa shows its commitment to supporting quality education. Use of the automobile will provide our Teacher of the Year with comfort and convenience while representing all educators in a professional manner. As always, the generosity exhibited by Alfa is greatly appreciated."

This is the 10th year Alfa has presented an automobile 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 his or her school receiving $1,000. Since the program began, Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation have provided $216,000 in cash awards to deserving teachers, principals and schools as part of the Teacher of the Month program.

McKinley will spend the majority of the school year serving as the state spokesperson for education, presenting workshops, speaking to various groups, and representing education and the teaching profession. She automatically becomes the state's candidate for National Teacher of the Year.


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