MONROE ACADEMY'S ENGLISH IS ALFA TEACHER OF MONTH
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- She's a CIA operative who does cartwheels. Well, not exactly. But Kay B. English does try to make life as exciting as possible for her fourth-graders at Monroe Academy in Monroeville.
| Kay English|
"In applying my philosophy within my classroom, I use the CIA approach -- challenge, inspire and achieve," explained English, who has been selected as Alfa's Private School Teacher of the Month for September.
As this month's winner, English will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance, and her school will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.
"A student will achieve if properly challenged and inspired by the classroom teacher," says English. "Achievement must be individually based, and not compared to another student. One of my biggest rewards for classroom achievement is the cartwheel which I perform in class -- this, of course, is reserved and used only for those big events! Achievement builds a child's self-confidence, and praise on this achievement builds self-esteem."
English, who received her bachelor's from the University of South Alabama and is now pursuing a master's degree from Troy University-Montgomery, frequently relies on "concrete experiences" to get lessons across. "For example, in teaching fractions I use Hershey bars and M&Ms," said English. "In Alabama history, I do characterizations of Emma Sansom and Helen Keller, along with a multitude of field trips."
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.