PHILLIPS PREPARATORY SCHOOL'S KENNEDY TEACHER OF MONTH
MOBILE, Ala. -- High expectations, consistency and positive relationships form the core of a teaching philosophy that has earned Angela Kennedy recognition as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for December.
As this month's winner, Kennedy will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance, and her school, Phillips Preparatory School in Mobile, will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Kennedy, a French teacher, graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree, and later earned a master's degree from the University of South Alabama. Her philosophy of high expectations applies not only to her students but also to herself, which is the reason Kennedy is currently pursuing a doctorate degree.
Kennedy makes an effort to establish positive relationships both inside and outside of the classroom. "I learn about my students' interests, and whenever possible, I attend activities in which they are involved," she says. "Additionally, I strive to help students establish a positive relationship with the material."
The students in her classroom have the opportunity to visit with native French speakers, eat French food, and celebrate French holidays.
Kennedy has received numerous teaching awards, but it is not these honors that she values the most. "Teaching is one of the few professions that allows one to truly touch the life of another, and for me, seeing the positive impact I have made on my students' lives is the greatest award imaginable," says Kennedy.
Brenda Hartzog, principal of Phillips Preparatory School in Mobile, recalls how Kennedy, knowing she would be absent, once prepared a PowerPoint lesson for her substitute.
"As I observed the class, one student commented to another, 'That's just like Mrs. Kennedy. It's like she's still in this room with us. She never left us.' This is an example of Mrs. Kennedy's true commitment to her students' learning," said Hartzog.
During 2006, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation will honor one outstanding teacher from each of Alabama's eight state school board districts, as well as two principals and two private school teachers. Application information is available under Alfa Teacher of the Month in the Ag Links section of www.AlfaFarmers.org.