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September 01, 2009   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
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September 01, 2009

Lynda Wright
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- If you're not moving ahead, you're falling behind. That's not a law of physics, but it is a philosophy that guides Lynda Wright through her days as a science teacher at Glenwood School, a private Christian school in Phenix City.

"Satisfactory progress can be said to be the universal philosophy and the real and pragmatic mission of education," says Wright. "This education needs to start at the level at which the individual finds him or herself at any given time. Primary, elementary, middle school, high school and upper education are all involved in the progress of each person."

It is that determination to strive that earned Wright recognition as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for September. As the honoree for September and the second private school honoree this year, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance and her school will receive $1,000 from Alabama Farmers Federation.

Wright, who holds a bachelor of science degree in cytology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and is now working on a master's degree in biology education at Columbus (Ga.,) State University, is a firm believer that progress can be achieved through hands-on learning whether she's teaching biology, anatomy or environmental science.

Toward that end, Wright has coordinated study-abroad trips to such places as Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama, prompting Glenwood Principal Tim Mayse to tell about one such trip his own son made with Wright's group. "It enabled him to see not only a vastly different culture but to give something of himself to another society," Mayse said. "I believe he received far more in return, not only an understanding for another culture, but a better appreciation of his own."

Kimberlee Copeland Funk, a former student who is now one of Wright's colleagues, said, "She teaches students to examine the things around them, ask questions and be a part of making the world a better place."

During 2009, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation are honoring 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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