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December 30, 2009   Email to Friend 

HUNTSVILLE HIGH'S MEADE NAMED ALFA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
December 30, 2009

Whitney Wayne Meade
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- While many people can attribute their personal philosophies to historical figures or best-selling books, Alfa's Teacher of the Month found hers in a more unique place -- a fortune cookie.

Its message? "Find a place to stand and change the world."

"While I can't change the 'world,' I can change the world around me," said Huntsville High School teacher Whitney Wayne Meade.

Though many teachers actively promote education, it's become a requirement for Meade, who teaches special needs children on a tight budget. In 2009, she faced budget and funding cuts, fewer textbooks, failing computers and teenagers who struggled with confidence and self-reliance. Fortunately, Meade prevailed over every challenge.

"When textbooks or functioning computers were not available, I contacted local agencies, businesses and friends to seek out and secure donations," said Meade.

It's for her dedication that she's been chosen Alfa's Teacher of the Month for January and will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

To help her students gain a sense of self-worth and pride, she finds opportunities for them to volunteer within the school. "Utilizing differentiated instruction, each student in my class is taught the skills they will need to be employed and live independently," said Meade.

By gaining their trust and showing them what they are capable of, Meade has taught each of her students that they "are free to stretch the boundaries of their abilities rather than be confined by their particular limitations." In doing so, she really has changed the world around her.

During 2010, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation will honor 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 AlfaFarmers.org.


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