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January 11, 2011   Email to Friend 

HAZEL GREEN'S PARKER NAMED ALFA TEACHER OF MONTH
By Melissa Martin
(334) 613-4187
January 11, 2011

Veronica Parker
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- What do contraction bugs, highlighted newspapers and applesauce have in common? Students at Hazel Green Elementary know the answer to this -- Veronica Parker.

"Children should use all of their senses to learn, so teachers should provide many different learning styles," explains Parker, who has taught second grade at Hazel Green since 1997.

Prior to this assignment, she taught kindergarten for seven years. In the past, lessons about Johnny Appleseed included books about apples, apple cutting and tastings, apple art and even applesauce making.

For her second-grade reading classes today, Parker utilizes PowerPoint presentations, newspaper scavenger hunts and lots of creativity to ensure that her message gets across to the students in whatever way they need to receive it.

Though her instruction includes core curriculum, the lessons she teaches surpass the four walls of her classroom. When teaching young children rules, norms and proper behavior, parents and teachers alike frequently utilize a special tool in their vocabulary -- the word 'no.' For Parker, however, 'no' is ideal to use in certain instances . . . but certainly not when it pertains to her students' ability to excel.

Parker's love of education and people, as well as her academic preparedness and willingness to serve her community, helped her earn her designation as Alfa's Teacher of the Month for January. As January's honoree, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school, a division of Madison City Schools, will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation. Though she's humbled by this designation, Parker's day is made each time she steps into a classroom.

A graduate of Alabama State University, Parker received her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education in 1990. She also received her masters and education and educational specialist degrees in early childhood education from Alabama A&M University in 1995 and 2003, respectively. A member of the Madison County Education Association and Alabama Education Association, she also serves in her church, PTA and Girl Scouts.

During 2011, 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 Ag Links in the Ag Resources section of AlfaFarmers.org.


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