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March 02, 2011   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
March 02, 2011

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 12 outstanding public and private school teachers and principals with $1,000 cash awards (not grant awards) and $1,000 to each of their schools.

Applications for teachers in State School Board Districts 1, 2 and 3 and all private schools in Alabama are due by April 19 and should be submitted to the State Department of Education office. The winning private school teachers will receive their cash award in August and September, while winning teachers of District 3, 2 and 1 will receive their awards in October, November and December respectively. Details of the application process and deadlines are available online at AlfaFarmers.org by clicking Ag Links under Agriculture Resources or by contacting Ann Starks, (334) 242-9700 or AStarks@alsde.edu.

District 3 includes the following city schools: Anniston, Jacksonville, Oxford, Piedmont, Roanoke, Sylacauga, Talladega and Tallassee. It also includes the following county schools: Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Cleburne, Coosa and Elmore and portions of Autauga, Montgomery, St. Clair, Shelby and Talladega.

District 2 includes the following city schools: Alexander City, Andalusia, Auburn, Daleville, Dothan, Elba, Enterprise, Eufaula, Geneva, Lanett, Opelika, Opp, Ozark and Phenix City. It also includes the following county schools: Barbour, Chambers, Clay, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa and portions of Talladega.

State School Board District 1 includes schools in Mobile County, Saraland City Schools, Baldwin County Schools, Escambia County Schools and Brewton City Schools. Alfa President Jerry Newby said the program rewards excellence in education by dedicated teachers. "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 1998, the Alfa Teacher of the Month program has awarded $312,000 to deserving teachers and their schools. The Department of Education coordinates the application process.

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