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September 01, 2010   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
September 01, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance have partnered with the Alabama Department of Education to reward some of Alabama's top educators with the Alfa Teacher of the Month Award. This year, the program will honor one outstanding teacher from each of Alabama's eight state board districts, two principals and two private school teachers with $1,000 cash awards. Matching awards of $1,000 will be given to each of their schools.

Applications for teachers in State School Board Districts 6, 7 and 8 should be submitted to the State Department of Education office by October 19. The winner from District 8 will receive his/her cash award in January, while winners in Districts 7 and 6 will receive their awards in February and March, respectively. Details of the application process and deadlines for other school board districts are available by clicking on "Ag Links" in the Agricultural Resources section of www.AlfaFarmers.org. Teachers also may contact Ann Starks with the Alabama Department of Education at (334) 242-9700 or AStarks@alsde.edu for more information.

State School Board District 8 includes the following school systems: Athens City, Attalla City, DeKalb County, Etowah County, Fort Payne City, Gadsden City, Huntsville City, Jackson County, Limestone County, Madison City, Madison County and Scottsboro City.

State School Board District 7 includes the following school systems: Colbert County, Fayette County, Florence City, Franklin County, Haleyville City, Jasper City, Lamar County, Lauderdale County, Lawrence County, Marion County, Muscle Shoals City, Russellville City, Sheffield City, Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County, Tuscumbia City, Walker County, Winfield City and Winston County.

State School Board District 6 includes the following school systems: Albertville City, Arab City, Blount County, Cullman City and Cullman County, Decatur City, Guntersville City, Hartselle City, Hoover City (shared with District 4), Jefferson County (shared with District 4), Marshall County, Morgan County, Mountain Brook City, Oneonta City, Pell City, Shelby County (shared with District 3), St. Clair County (shared with District 3), Vestavia Hills City, Leeds City and Trussville City.

Alfa President Jerry Newby said the program rewards dedicated teachers for their hard work and excellence in education.

"Teachers are sometimes the unsung heroes of Alabama," Newby said. "They are responsible for shaping the minds of our 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."

Since the program's inception in 1998, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program has awarded more than $296,000 to deserving educators and their schools. The Department of Education coordinates the application process.

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