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June 30, 2009   Email to Friend 

GORDO PRINCIPAL CHOSEN ALFA TEACHER FOR JULY
By Kim Hall
(334) 613-4187
June 30, 2009

Dr. Lisa Stamps
MONTGOMERY, Ala. --  Even though education was important to her family, it wasn't until Lisa Stamps dropped out of school at 16 to wed that she fully appreciated its value for herself.

Before she knew it, the young wife found herself raising two children to whom she was emphasizing the value of education. "After our children began school, I shared my dreams of being an educator with family and friends who encouraged me to go back to school," said Stamps, who did just that by earning her GED at age 30.

Today, it's Dr. Lisa Stamps, principal of Gordo Elementary School. She is the second of two principals honored this school year by Alfa's Teacher of the Month program. As the July honoree, Stamps will receive a $1,000 award from Alfa Insurance, and Gordo Elementary School will receive a matching $1,000 award from the Alabama Farmers Federation. Despite her delayed entry into education, Stamps speaks of the profession as "a calling" and admits to holding a "reverence" for education.

"I strongly believe that educators should model hard work and unwavering character," said Stamps, whose doctorate and master's degrees are from the University of Alabama. "I believe that as a school leader, I must behave in a way that will lead others to follow me. ... I have attempted to model appropriate values because leading others comes with an enormous responsibility."

Those beliefs also follow her off campus where she has served as Sunday school and women's ministry teacher in her church.

Stamps, a self-described "military child" with "lofty standards," says she holds high expectations for her students as well. "I believe that all students of all ages and all ability levels can learn," she says.

"As a wife of 32 years, a mother of a valedictorian and salutatorian and educator for almost 15 years, hard work and continuous learning is a way of life," says Stamps. "I am living proof that you can go from a high school dropout to a Ph.D.!"

During 2009, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation is honoring one outstanding teacher from each of Alabama's eight state board districts, 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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