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May 09, 2013   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
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May 09, 2013

Alison Grizzle, a math teacher at P.D. Jackson Olin High School in Birmingham, was named Alabama's Teacher of the Year. As this year's winner, she received a year's use of a new automobile courtesy of Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation. From left are State Superintendent of Education Dr. Thomas Bice, Grizzle and Alfa Insurance President and CEO Jimmy Parnell.

MONTGOMERY, Ala., May 9, 2013 — Alabama's Teacher of the Year, Alison Grizzle, a math teacher at P.D. Jackson Olin High School in Birmingham, received a year's use of a new automobile courtesy of Alfa Insurance Co. and the Alabama Farmers Federation during a ceremony at the Alfa home office in Montgomery today.

Alfa President Jimmy Parnell, who also serves as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation, presented Grizzle the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Impala as part of her award for being named the state’s top teacher.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Thomas R. Bice made the announcement of Alabama’s Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday evening honoring the final four candidates for the award.

Parnell said few people have the ability to influence lives the way teachers do.

“Dr. Grizzle will have the opportunity to inspire thousands of teachers, parents and community leaders as an ambassador for education during the coming year,” Parnell said. “Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation appreciate the important role that she and all teachers play in the lives of our children.”

Bice praised Alfa's support of the Teacher of the Year Program, noting this marks the 17th year the company has presented an automobile to the state’s top teacher.

“Alfa's contribution of the use of a car for a year is a tremendous gift to our Teacher of the Year as she travels our state promoting public education. We are excited Dr. Alison Grizzle is that person,” Bice said. "She embodies all of the qualities I think of when I use the term teacher. She has chosen a career path of service to those most in need and continues to make a difference in the lives of her students each and every day. We who share the title of teacher are honored to have her represent our profession throughout the coming year."

Grizzle has taught math in Birmingham City Schools since 1999. She chose to teach in high-needs schools because she believes urban districts often have more difficulty attaining and retaining good teachers.

“Being named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year is such an honor,” said Grizzle, who will represent more than 50,000 state educators when she competes for title of National Teacher of the Year. “In my field, I’m not accustomed to being the star of the show. The greatest reward I receive comes at the end of the school year when students receive their graduation exam results and are ecstatic to see the word ‘pass’ by the mathematics section. It’s that day I see the fruits of my labor.”

Grizzle is a graduate of Denison University with degrees in mathematics and English. She is a National Board Certified teacher and earned her doctorate degree at Walden University.

During the presentation, Parnell also announced the insurance for the Teacher of the Year car would be paid for by the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Grizzle will spend the majority of the school year serving as the state spokesperson for education, presenting workshops, speaking to various groups and representing education and the teaching profession.

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