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Alabama Teacher of the Year: Sixteen Finalists Announced

06 Apr 2016

Judges Prepare to Narrow the Field Down to Four

Well-trained, dedicated, caring, enthusiastic, and innovative teachers are among the ingredients essential to achieving excellence in preparing children to become capable adults. The 16 outstanding educators who have been selected as finalists for Alabama’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year exemplify these qualities and more, as they have all accomplished great things with the students they teach and interact with daily.

“The educators nominated for this prestigious award nurture the character, intellect, and talent of Alabama’s students, and are committed to helping their students achieve success in the classroom and beyond,” said Sherrill Parris, Senior Deputy State Superintendent of Education. “They exemplify teaching at its best, and we are proud to have them teaching in our state.”


The 16 finalists have emerged from a group of over 140 exceptional educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers. The pool will soon be narrowed down to four, and the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board ofEducation and the Alabama State Department of Education onWednesday, May 11, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.


Alabama’s Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession as well as presenting workshops to various groups. Additionally, Alabama’s representative is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

Reflecting on her experiences as a previous finalist and as Alabama’s current Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Brown said, “Wow! What an honor and a privilege it has been to represent Alabama's passionate and dedicated army of educators who are educating and advocating for students each and every day. I am grateful to have been granted the opportunity to visit, observe, and share stories from many of the classrooms of our teacher champions of Alabama. Congratulations to the 16 teachers chosen to represent their districts. Thanks to each of you for the wonderful work you do with your students as well as the work you do to elevate and strengthen our profession.”



Alabama Teacher of the Year Program

2016-2017 District Teachers of the Year



    District                               Name                                                           School                                 System




Kelly Cleere

Orange Beach Elementary School


Baldwin County School System




Dawn Davis


Montana Street Magnet School


Dothan CitySchool System




Kathryne Flippo


Bluff Park Elementary School


Hoover CitySchool System




Mikki Powell

Rock Quarry Elementary School


Tuscaloosa City School System




Dawn Judy Ellis

Peter Crump Elementary School

Montgomery County School System




Connie Bowman

Iola Roberts Elementary School


Pell City School System




Sandy Georgette Deades Ritchey


Crestline Elementary School

Mountain Brook City School System




Nancy Spencer Brandon


Rainbow Elementary School


Madison CitySchool System



     District                               Name                                                 School                                     System





Judy Peacock Bridges


Baldwin County High School


Baldwin County School System




Kathryn Johnson Enos


Enterprise High School


Enterprise City School System




Vinny Chiaramonte

Robert F. Bumpus Middle School

Hoover City School System




Joseph Smith, III


John Herbert Phillips Academy

Birmingham City School System




John C. Conway


Booker T. Washington Magnet High School


Montgomery County School System



Mary Katherine (Kate) White

Guntersville High School

Guntersville City School System




Dana Jacobson


Clay-Chalkville High School

Jefferson County School System




Carol Bohatch

James Clemens High School


Madison CitySchool System


Special thanks to State of Alabama, Department of Education


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