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August 03, 2011   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
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August 03, 2011

Lee Ann Fuller
MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Summer vacation may be one of the most coveted perks of being a teacher, but being responsible for improving a student's life is a reward which far surpasses the value of any vacation, gift certificate or plaque.

Lee Ann Fuller, a math and economics teacher at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, is one such teacher who recognizes that clarifying a textbook lesson may be important to a student's career, but making a student's life better is a gift that continues long after the last bell rings.

"On a very rare occasion, an adult -- a teacher -- will show the way by reminding a troubled child that she is a worthwhile person. That very special, rare adult will go out of her way to encourage and support that child . . . and will not give up when literally everyone else in the school has," said Cathy Sewell, parent of a former student. "In addition to being an excellent math instructor, Mrs. Lee Ann Fuller is one of those very rare, very special teachers, and I am so thankful she came into my daughter's life."

While the accolades are humbling, Fuller believes the end results are just an accomplishment of a goal. For a teacher with a gift as natural as Fuller's, however, it's really a byproduct of another day in the classroom and of a job well done.

"I want the student who has never felt a positive moment related to math walk out of my class with a smile and a better understanding of the material that has challenged him or her for so long," she said.

It's Fuller's commitment to her students, school and community that earned her the designation as the first of two private school teachers honored this year in the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. As the August honoree, she will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance. Her school will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Fuller earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory & Henry College in 2001, and a Master of Arts in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2004. A team leader for the Professional Learning Community, Fuller also serves as John Carroll Catholic High's volleyball coach.

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.

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