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Everyone has had a teacher that changed their life, mine was Ms. Saunders, but I called her "Mama-Ders" or "dude". She was kind, genuine and 6'3. Teachers do more than explaining what a hypotenuse or giving us a quadratic equation formula. They teach us morals, honesty and how to be a loving person.

Alabama has now chosen the finalist for the 'Teacher of the Year' here in the Yellowhammer State.

Here is a quick rundown of those finalist:

District I

  • Michelle Wade - Saraland Early Education Center, Saraland City Schools
  • David Dai - Alma Bryant High School, Mobile County Schools

District II

  • Kathryn Knorr - Ogletree Elementary School, Auburn City Schools
  • Jessica Bowlin - Auburn High School, Auburn City Schools

District III

  • Meredith Mitchell - Redland Elementary School, Elmore County Schools
  • Michael Sinott - Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills City Schools

District IV

  • Paul David Kelsey - Pleasant Grove Elementary School, Jefferson County Schools
  • Rebecca Blumenfeld - George Washington Carver High School, Birmingham City Schools

District V

  • Sontessia L. Youngblood - Banks School, Pike County Schools
  • Hannah Hamm Bradford - Pike Road High School, Pike Road City Schools

District VI

  • Andrew Fletcher Jackson - Eden Elementary School, Pell City Schools
  • Niki L. Bowling - Arab High School, Arab City Schools

District VII

  • Chelsea Byrd - Maddox Intermediate School, Jasper City Schools
  • Alana White - Pinson Valley High School, Jefferson County Schools

District VIII

  • Tonia Wilburn - Plainview School, DeKalb County Schools
  • Angela M. Jackson Pettus - Athens High School, Athens City Schools

Out of those finalist, four will be chosen to be in the finals.

I don't know and of these teachers personally or at all but, I really want Ms. Youngblood to win because teaching with that name has to be a tough thing to do.



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