On Tuesday, May 5, the Mobile Area Education Foundation had the privilege of honoring 95 Mobile County Public School teachers as Teacher of the Year. The evening was filled with many joyous moments, especially the moment Renee Dials announced the four Outstanding Teachers of the Year (including two elementary winners because of a tie) along with Superintendent, Dr. Roy Nichols and MAEF Executive Director, Carolyn Akers who presented the awards.
Outstanding Teachers of the Year Jennifer Stevens -Baker High School Glen Mutchnick -Clark School of Math, Science & Technology Kerra Middleton -Tanner-Williams Elementary School Terry Janes -E.R. Dickson Elementary School Nearly 900 attendees including educators and their guests received a message of hope and encouragement from Dr. Johnson Haynes, Jr. (Director, USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and Pulmonary and University of South Alabama Critical Care Medicine Professor), the keynote speaker for the evening and a proud product of public schools. He reminded them that "togetherness increases everyones' success" (T.I.E.S. is a program created by the students and teachers at Westlawn Elementary). He also went on to say he knows "as a teacher, you get tired...rest, but don't quit" for the future of every student is dependent upon their willingness to speak and teach hope into their lives. Carolyn Akers, Director of the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) had the pleasure of surprising Mr. Lewis Copeland, Principal of Davidson High School with the honor of being selected as the 2009 Principal of Year. Mike Hofto, Board President of MAEF, closed the evening by honoring Mary Ann Napper, Program Director (MAEF) for her dedication over the last decade to the Mobile Area Education Foundation and the Tribute to Excellence Dinner. Mrs. Napper has contributed to the success of many MAEF programs - Partners in Education, At&T Vital Link, Tribute to Excellence and Wouldn't it Be Cool?
Other special recognitions of the evening included acknowledging the six Torchbearer Schools and their principals: Lisa Williams - Booth Elementary School; Aimee Rainey -Calcedeaver Elementary School; Terri Tomlinson -Hall Elementary School; Rosalie Howley -Indian Springs Elementary School; Iesha Williams - Holloway Elementary School and Deborah Fletcher -St. Elmo Elementary School as well as the eleven senior high school students who served on the 2008-2009 Superintendent's Advisory Council.
The Mobile Area Education Foundation is a non-profit, local education fund dedicated to creating higher expectations for our public schools and our community.
Comments on "MCPSS Outstanding Teachers of the Year"
Congratulations Junelle Reid for becoming Haskew's Teacher of the Year! Also, Mr. Copeland, hat's off to you....You are truly the best. I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me and my family.
Congratulations to Vera Lynn Sheets...she is a dedicated teacher and one who provides lifelong joy for our students when she exposes them to so many creative activities...thanks Vera Lynn for all you do for us at PPS!
Congratulations to Janiece deLange, a wonderful teacher and a good friend. You are the most deserving teacher in our school. Not only are you the reading/writing coach for our school but you are an inspiration to us all.
Three cheers for Cynthia Roberson Fonvielle's Teacher of the Year!!! You are the greatest. Congrats to Principal I. Williams of Holloway way to go. I am proud to say that the two of you are my friends.
P.S. Principal Williams your future student is proud of you too!