Birmingham’s Reggie White Named 2022 Alabama Teacher of the Year

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Birmingham elementary school teacher Reggie White was named Alabama’s 2022-23 Teacher of the Year Wednesday night at Montgomery.

“I believe it’s important that my students see me as a real person,” White said. “I make sure my students are connected to the world around them. »

White, a National Board-certified fifth-grade teacher, teaches at Booker T. Washington K-8 School. He grew up in Choctaw County and attended Alabama State University, studying communications.

After joining the Baptist Student Union in college, White spent a summer in San Jose, California, where he helped students learn English and mentored their families on ways to help their children understand reading. It was then that he knew he wanted to become an educator.

After returning home from the mission trip, White said he saw an advertisement to recruit new teachers. At the end of the commercial, a student said, “We need you! »

White said he saw himself in the ad and was committed to creating a classroom where all students would feel valued and inspired to achieve their dreams.

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William Edmonds of the Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies in Mobile County was named substitute teacher of the year. Edmonds received National Board certification in 2009 and currently teaches French to students in grades six through nine at Barton Academy. He was a teacher in Mobile County for 24 years.

“I try to bring every student into a community of care and concern,” Edmonds said. “I ensure they are connected to the world around them by designing and delivering instruction that sparks students’ natural curiosity about the world they live in, while providing them with a broader global perspective.

Alabama’s Teacher of the Year serves as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession and hosts workshops. Alabama’s Teacher of the Year becomes a nominee for National Teacher of the Year. The state’s 2021 Teacher of the Year was Kimberly Johnson of Auburn City Schools.

White and Edmonds were chosen from a group of four finalists, including:

  • Geri Evans Hoover City School System – Bluff Park Elementary School District III Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Kristen F. Steele Madison City Schools – James Clemens High School District VIII High School Teacher of the Year
  • Kelly S. Parker Mobile County School System – Tanner Williams Elementary School District I Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • Beverly S. Sport Crenshaw County School System – Luverne School District I Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Meagan King Johnson Ozark City School System – Lisenby Primary School District II Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Laura Traylor Ozark City School System – Carroll High School Career Center District II Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • R. Paul McEwan Hoover City School System – Hoover High School District III Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Monquelle D. Shamburger Birmingham City Schools – AH Parker High School District IV Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Denisha B. Streeter Selma City Schools – Saints Virtual Academy District V Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • April M. Dean Cullman City Schools – East Elementary School District VI Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Michele Downey Piedmont City Schools – Piedmont High School District VI Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Shayna F. Swann Trussville City Schools – Paine Elementary School District VII Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Andrew Franck Sheffield City Schools – Sheffield Junior High School District VII Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Doetiletia F. Sims Huntsville City Schools – Highlands Elementary School District VIII Elementary Teacher of the Year

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