Barton Academy's William Edmonds is named Alabama Alternate Teacher of the Year
William Edmonds of Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies was named Alabama's Alternate Teacher of the Year and Alabama's Secondary Teacher of the Year!
Edmonds is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches French. With 24 years of experience in the classroom, Edmonds has also taught French across the state of Alabama through the ACCESS distance learning program as well as at the University of South Alabama and the University of Mobile. He has served as an International Baccalaureate Examiner, grading IB exams, and as president of the Alliance Francaise de Mobile. Before becoming a teacher, Edmonds was a banker. He has a bachelor’s degree in global business and French from the University of Mobile and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Alabama. He has participated in intensive language immersion and study at the Centre de Langues a Louvain La Neuve et en Woluwe in Belgium and the Institut de Touraine in France. He also received a research scholarship to travel to Canada and Louisiana to study the deportation of the French-speaking Acadians. He believes teaching should be engaging for each student and that teachers should create a shared - and fun - learning community for all.
Edmonds was recognized this month in Montgomery. He was joined there by Kelly Parker of Tanner Williams Elementary, who was also a top 16 finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year. They were also joined by MCPSS Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill, Barton Academy Principal Dr. Amanda Jones and Tanner Williams Principal Nici Lowell.
Also a National Board Certified Teacher, Parker is a 14-year educator who teaches second grade, after also teaching kindergarten and first grade. She is one of MCPSS’s first dyslexia interventionist resource teachers. She has led professional development on foundational reading skills and served on her school’s team for accreditation through AdvancED. She took a lead role at Tanner Williams in implementing project-based learning. She received a grant from Ag in the Classroom to fund a greenhouse, where students planted seeds to sell and raised more than $2,000 for the school. She enjoys sharing her love of writing with her students, allowing each class to complete a book for their successors as part of her series, Sweet Home Tanner Williams. She is LETRS certified and has attended Space Camp for Teachers at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Alabama and an education specialist degree from the University of West Alabama.