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May 30, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
May 30, 2007

Kevin Maddox
CHILDERSBURG, Ala. -- When Childersburg High School Principal Kevin Maddox examines his philosophy of leadership, it takes him back to a conversation with his father, a Southern Baptist minister, just before leaving for college.

"I asked my dad why he chose to live his life serving others," says Maddox. "He replied by telling me that in his ministerial experiences there seemed to be two important questions a dying man asks himself: (1.) What have I done for others? (2.) What kind of relationships was I able to create during my life, or more succinctly, how will I be remembered by others?"

It was that conversation, Maddox says, that helped shape his own life and leadership style, a style that earned him recognition as Alfa's Principal of the Month for June. As this month's winner, he will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance, and his school will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Maddox, who earned his master's degree and educational specialist degree from the University of Montevallo and is working on his doctorate in education from Samford University, was nominated by Samford in 2005 for "Principal of the Year" of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

"The success Mr. Maddox has achieved as principal of Childersburg High School is directly related to the positive learning environment that permeates the school," said Talladega County School Deputy Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey. "Students work diligently to be respectful, resourceful and responsible citizens. ... Kevin Maddox leads by example."

That leadership also extends to his peers. Vicky Ozment, principal of Winterboro High School, said Maddox is "the kind of leader for whom everyone wants to work."

"His open-door policy, along with his open-mindedness, gives his staff security in addressing needs and concerns," she said. "Kevin exercises the perfect balance between firm discipline and gentle understanding. His hands-on approach is welcomed by his staff because of his sincere concern for staff assistance and development. He seeks opportunities to praise; he conveys sincere appreciation; and he motivates by example."

During 2007, 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.

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