Mobile County Public Schools names three countywide Teachers of the Year
Mobile County Public Schools recognized its top three teachers of 2022, naming them as the countywide Teachers of the Year and surprising them in their classrooms on Thursday.
- Kelly Parker of Tanner Williams Elementary was named the Mobile County Elementary School Teacher of the Year
- William Edmonds of Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies was named the Mobile County Middle School Teacher of the Year
- Jamie Bosarge of Bryant High as Mobile County High School Teacher of the Year
Each of Mobile County’s 90 schools selected a Teacher of the Year who was then nominated for the countywide honor. A committee selected these three winners and will forward their applications on to be considered by the state for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year.
“I am proud of the work that each and every one of our teachers does in the classroom every single day, and today I am especially proud of these three teachers for receiving this prestigious award,” said Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill. “To be selected by your peers to represent your school is an honor in and of itself. To be recognized as one of the top three in the county is a testament to how outstanding these individuals truly are.”
MCPSS has a great track record in the Alabama Teacher of the Year competition. As a teacher at Dawes Intermediate, Chasity Collier was named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year in 2018. As a teacher at Bryant High, David Dai was named Alabama’s top High School Teacher of the Year in 2020. And as a teacher at Hutchens Elementary, Julie Neidhardt was a top four finalist for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year in 2021.
Here is information about each of the Mobile County Teachers of the Year:
Kelly Parker is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches second grade at Tanner Williams Elementary. An educator for 14 years, she has also taught kindergarten and first grade, looping up with her same class of students. 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
William Edmonds is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches French at Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies. 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.
Jamie Bosarge was a laboratory technician at a local hospital before she decided to switch careers to education. She now teaches biology, anatomy and biotechnology at Bryant High School in Bayou La Batre. She sponsors the Student Government Association and co-sponsors the Spirit Congress. She started the after-school Science of Crime Scene Investigation program. Having received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of West Alabama, Bosarge is in her 14th year of teaching. She is currently working on her education specialist degree from the University of Alabama. Bosarge has received several awards and grants, including the Shell Regional Lab Challenge for High School and a Texas Instrument STEM grant. She aspires to lead by example, promoting a culture of life-long learning. Her classroom includes opportunities for inquiry-based learning as she teaches real-world lessons that encourage students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.