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April 01, 2009   Email to Friend 

By Kim Hall
(334) 613-4187
April 01, 2009

Gary Moore
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- If Gary Moore sounds like the "creative type," he should. After all, he's an instructor of dance, commercial art, computer graphics, psychology and public speaking.

It's no wonder Moore sees his many roles at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery as being a "creator" who inspires young minds.

"A classroom is precisely the same thing as a blank page, an empty canvas or a barren stage," says Moore. "When faced with such a void, a teacher must be a creator, responsible for the students entrusted to their care. The curriculum is a teacher's medium applied by their spirit. A word, an action or a gesture will generate living works of art that last a lifetime. Or they should."

Those beliefs earned Moore recognition as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for April. As such, Moore will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance, and his school will get a matching award from the Alabama's Farmers Federation.

Having a master's degree in dance anthropology and performance and a bachelor of science degree in management of human resources, Moore believes that collaborations within the community are necessary to provide "invaluable resources that further impress upon the students."

Moore has worked with several collaborative organizations, such as a series of school fest experiences called, "Ballet and the Bard -- Four Ballets on the Work of William Shakespeare." Moore worked with the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, to put on the production.

Moore finds every way possible to inspire his students. He believes that, for students to learn, they must be engaged by experience which, in turn, makes learning prosperous.

Quesha Starks, BTW's principal, says, "Mr. Moore is diligent in his efforts to involve the community and corporate sector in providing for our students."

During 2009, 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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