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May 13, 2010   Email to Friend 

ALFA AWARDS AUTOMOBILE TO STATE'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
May 13, 2010

From left are State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joseph B. Morton, Alabama Teacher of the Year Phil Rodney Wilson, Alfa Executive Vice President of Marketing Herman Watts and Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan. Wilson received a year's use of a new automobile courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa home office in Montgomery today.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year, Phil Rodney Wilson, a music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in the Auburn City School System, received a year's use of a new automobile courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa home office in Montgomery today.

Alfa Executive Vice President of Marketing Herman Watts presented Wilson the keys to a 2010 Chevrolet Impala as part of his award for being named the state's top teacher.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joseph B. Morton made the announcement of Alabama's Teacher of the Year during an awards ceremony Wednesday evening that honored the final four candidates for the honor.

Wilson has been teaching for eight years, the last seven of those at Ogletree Elementary School, where he teaches first- through fifth-graders. He said his love of music was cultivated by encouragement from his parents, his first-grade teacher and later, his high school band director. He compared his teaching philosophy to a musical ensemble where students, teachers and parents work in harmony.

"Teachers should communicate their expectations to their students and parents, and make parents aware of everything in the classroom," he said. "I firmly believe that when parents are kept in the loop about everything pertaining to their child's education, the outcome is mostly positive. By working as an ensemble, I believe that we ensure the child's successful education and prove that education truly is a partnership."

Alfa President Jerry Newby said teachers like Wilson are the key to Alabama's future.

"As Alabama's Teacher of the Year, Mr. Wilson will have the opportunity to inspire thousands of teachers, parents and community leaders as an ambassador for education. Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation appreciate the important role he and all teachers play in the lives of our children," Newby said.

Morton praised Alfa's contributions to the Teacher of the Year Program.

"For years, Alfa Insurance has shared our vision of acknowledging and celebrating the best and brightest in Alabama education," Morton said. "Alfa's commitment to supporting the Alabama Teacher of the Year program has been unwavering and, as always, is greatly appreciated. This year, as in years past, Alfa continues to express its support for those who inspire learning, spark imaginations and ultimately mold the minds that will carry Alabama forward."

This is the 14th year Alfa has presented an automobile to the state Teacher of the Year.

During the presentation, Alabama Farmers Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan announced the continuation of the Alfa Teacher of the Month program, a separate program from the Teacher of the Year, with the teacher receiving $1,000 and his or her school receiving $1,000. The most recent pledge to support the monthly awards brings the total to more than $324,000 that Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation have provided in cash awards to deserving teachers, principals and schools as part of the Teacher of the Month program.

Wilson will spend the majority of the school year serving as the state spokesperson for education, presenting workshops, speaking to various groups and representing education and the teaching profession. By winning Alabama's Teacher of the Year, he automatically becomes the state's candidate for National Teacher of the Year.


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