ALFA, FEDERATION HONOR THREE ALABAMA EDUCATORS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- To demonstrate their support of excellence in education and reward exceptional educators across the state, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation honored three teachers with recognition and a check for $1,000 in October, November and December. Their schools received matching contributions.
Cari Wilson, fourth-grade teacher at R.L. Young Elementary School in Talladega, was recognized as October's Teacher of the Month for her extensive teaching abilities and resolute enthusiasm to better the students, staff and atmosphere at her school.
From chairing the Accelerated Reader Committee, which has increased the school's comprehension level from 79.9 to 89.1 in two short years, to creating and publishing podcasts for her school and the Alabama Learning Exchange website, Wilson has put into motion a variety of methods to reach, teach and motivate Talladega's youth.
Felicia Williams, family and consumer sciences teacher at Tallapoosa County's Horseshoe Bend High School, was named November's Teacher of the Month for her commitment to giving back to the community.
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 through adulthood. Under her leadership, students have received recognition on state and national levels for FCCLA projects.
Dr. Cynthia Erickson, gifted education teacher at Robertsdale High School, was honored as December's Teacher of the Month for her ability to educate and encourage students of all backgrounds and learning capabilities.
With an education background that spans nearly three decades, Erickson has dealt with challenges arising from teaching students with emotional conflict, specific learning disabilities and gifted education needs. Though some educators might be overwhelmed by these hurdles, Erickson says she hopes to be a change agent for students, helping them realize they can be successful regardless of their unique circumstances.
Throughout 2011, Alfa Insurance the Alabama Farmers Federation honored one outstanding teacher from each of Alabama's eight state board districts, two principals and two private school teachers.