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September 01, 2010   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
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September 01, 2010

Jean Jaudon
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- History teachers are accustomed to engaging students in stories of the past. To distinguish herself from the general "pack" of educators, though, Jean Jaudon utilizes a skill honed over several years of being in the field -- drawing on the past while igniting a passion for learning that will carry on well into her students' futures.

"Experience has taught me that every day presents a new opportunity for professional growth and development," said Jaudon, a middle school history teacher at Auburn's Lee-Scott Academy. "I love to learn, and I remain committed to these goals and to demonstrating to every student the pleasures of lifelong learning. After nearly 21 years and hundreds of students and parents, athletic events, service projects, school programs, field trips, meetings and professional conferences, what I know now is that effective teachers possess the list of 'musts' -- organizational skills, flexibility, a sense of humor, enthusiasm and patience. But even more, they should be good learners who embrace the daily challenges and joys of working with middle grade students."

Her commitment to education and effective use of these "musts" earned Jaudon her place as the second of two private school teachers honored this year in the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. As September's honoree, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school will receive a matching contribution from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

While teaching keeps her busy, Jaudon understands the importance of working outside the classroom with the same level of enthusiasm. Most recently, she has served as director of special projects, chaired the Lee-Scott Academy's SACS Accreditation Review, chaired the School Improvement Committee and is the sponsor of the junior high and senior high student government associations.

A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, Jaudon received her bachelor's degree in political science and history in 1981. She received her master's degrees in education with an emphasis on social studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1989 and was awarded the Class A Middle School Certification for general social science.

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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