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November 03, 2010   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
November 03, 2010

Amy Rasberry
EUFAULA, Ala. -- It didn't take Amy Rasberry a quadratic equation to realize that her career as a staff accountant wasn't adding up to her idea of a dream job. But it's certainly her experience in the corporate world that has helped prepare her for a life of teaching math to high school students.

"Since I did not follow the traditional route to becoming a teacher, I think it is often easier for me to think outside of the box," said Rasberry. "I see when I differentiate my instruction and incorporate many strategies that I have added to my bag of tricks . . . I am able to better serve my children and engage all different types of learners."

With a fervor for education and guiding children down the right paths, Rasberry serves as the Eufaula High School honor society sponsor and math tutorial teacher.

It's for her service to her school and the Eufaula community that Rasberry earned her designation as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for November. As November's honoree, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school, a division of Eufaula City Schools, will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Though her students will often be the first to sing her praises, fellow faculty members are in equal reverence of Rasberry's character, teaching style, enthusiasm and positive attitude.

"As her building principal and supervisor, I have come to believe in and rely on the strength of her character, the depth of her knowledge and the breadth of her commitment to provide each student with child-centered instruction in a developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment," explains Eufaula High School Principal Steve Hawkins.

Rasberry received her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration with an accounting emphasis, both from Troy State University. A member of the Alabama Education Association and National Education Association, she received her Class B Secondary Alternative Teaching Certificate from Troy State University in 2007.

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 teachers. Application information is available in the Agricultural Resources section of AlfaFarmers.org under Ag Links.

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