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October 31, 2011   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
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October 31, 2011

Felicia Williams
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Though many individuals and organizations emphasize the importance of giving back to one's community, few lead the charge to do so. An exception to this can be found with Horseshoe Bend High School educator Felicia Williams, this month's winner in the Alfa Teacher of the Month program. 

As state office adviser for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit national career and technical student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development, Williams encourages her students to build and utilize skills they can carry with them throughout adulthood in her family and consumer science classes. Williams will receive $1,000 from Alfa Insurance as this month's winner and her school, a division of the Tallapoosa County Board of Education, will receive a matching award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Williams said textbook lessons are important, but life lessons persist beyond the final bell of students' senior years.

"Through our many FCCLA projects, my students apply these skills and learn to give back to their community, which is important to their character," said Williams. "These activities and projects help to give reason for the factual information in textbooks."

Williams' students have received recognition on state and national levels for FCCLA projects. Earlier this year, 15 of her students placed first in each of their events -- a record number of winners from one school.

Alabama FCCLA State Adviser Jennifer Adams describes Williams as a leader who is not only dedicated to enhancing the lives of her students, and has the accolades to prove it.

"Felicia is one of the premier advisers in Alabama and has been awarded the Alabama and National FCCLA Spirit of Advising Award, Master Adviser Award and Adviser Mentor Award," said Adams. "She has the ultimate qualities needed to be a successful teacher."

Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Auburn University in 1997. A National Board Certified teacher, she is a member of the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Alabama Association of Career and Technical Educators.

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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