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July 30, 2010   Email to Friend 

SUMITON'S GULLION IS AUGUST ALFA TEACHER OF MONTH
By Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
July 30, 2010

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- When Greek history is on the lesson plan, students in Reba Gullion's classroom at Sumiton Christian School find themselves reliving a scene from the movie Animal House, courtesy of Jim Belushi's famous chant -- "Toga! Toga!"

Recognizing that "excellence is never an accident" and that all students learn in different ways -- some by seeing, some by listening and others by doing -- Gullion employs several outlets to send the message that not only is history important, but it can also be fun.

"Her students love her history classes and leave middle school with a thorough understanding of social studies," said Kathy Davidson, former principal of Sumiton Christian School. "They've participated in . . . on-campus mock elections, 'toga' days for Greek history, writing their own Bill of Rights and taking an annual field trip to the Medieval Times in Atlanta."

It's for her innovative teaching style and passion for teaching that Gullion earned her place as the first of two private school teachers honored this year in the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. As August's honoree, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school will receive a matching contribution from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Described by Davidson as "a wealth of school spirit," Gullion is active both in and outside the classroom. "Whether it is working on cheers and skits for our annual Penny Drop fundraiser, working the gates or concession stands at middle and high school athletic events or being a chaperone at middle school dances, Reba is a true team player."

A graduate of the University of Montevallo, Gullion received her bachelor's degree in 1977 and was awarded the Highly Qualified Teacher status July 2008.

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


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