APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ALFA'S TEACHER OF THE MONTH PROGRAM
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance have partnered with the Alabama Department of Education for the 13th straight year to reward some of Alabama's top educators with the Alfa Teacher of the Month Award. This year, the program will honor 12 outstanding public and private school teachers and principals with $1,000 cash awards (not grant awards) and $1,000 to each of their schools.
Applications for teachers in State School Board Districts 8, 7 and 6 should be submitted by Oct. 16 to the Alabama Department of Education office. Teachers from those districts will receive their awards in January, February and March, respectively. Details of the application process and deadlines for other school board districts and private school teachers are available online at www.AlfaFarmers.org under Ag Links or by contacting Ann Starks at (334) 242-9700 or AStarks@alsde.edu.
State School Board District 8 (January Teacher of the Month) includes county school systems in Limestone, DeKalb, Etowah, Madison and Jackson counties and city school systems in Athens, Attalla, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Huntsville, Madison and Scottsboro.
State School Board District 7 (February Teacher of the Month) includes county school systems in Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston counties and city school systems in Florence, Haleyville, Jasper, Muscle Shoals, Russellville, Sheffield, Tuscaloosa, Tuscumbia and Winfield.
State School Board District 6 (March Teacher of the Month) includes county school systems in Blount, Cullman, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair counties, portions of Jefferson and Shelby counties and city school systems in Albertville, Arab, Boaz, Cullman, Decatur, Guntersville, Hartselle, Hoover, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Oneonta, Pell City and Vestavia Hills.
Alfa President Jerry A. Newby said the program rewards excellence in education by dedicated teachers. "Teachers are sometimes the unsung heroes of Alabama," he said. "They are responsible for shaping the minds of future leaders, and Alfa is pleased to recognize these heroes and reward them for the wonderful job they do."
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joe Morton echoed Newby's remarks and urged participation in the program. "Teachers are the cornerstone for a successful future in Alabama," Morton said. "The value of what they contribute to the life of a child is immeasurable. I encourage more teachers and principals to participate in the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. It is through our partnership with Alfa and their concern for education and the community that this wonderful award exists. Educators statewide should take advantage of this opportunity."
During 2010, the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance will honor outstanding teachers from each of Alabama's eight state school board districts as well as two principals and two private school teachers. Since 1998, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program has awarded $288,000 to deserving teachers and their schools. The Department of Education coordinates the application process.