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2017
  
Vincent "Vinny" ChiaramonteR.F. Bumpus Middle School
Hoover City
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards25911/29/2017 12:54 PMPippins Erica
2016
  
Amara AlexanderHorizon Elementary School
Madison City
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awardshttp://assets.alsde.edu/sites/photos/ALSDE%20Bios/Amara%20Alexander.jpg25811/27/2017 1:16 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-MiddleTuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Middle
Tuscaloosa City
Blue Ribbon Schools2579/28/2017 4:10 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Saraland Elementary SchoolSaraland Elementary School
Saraland City
Blue Ribbon Schools2569/28/2017 4:09 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Memorial Park Elementary SchoolMemorial Park Elementary School
Jasper City
Blue Ribbon Schools2559/28/2017 4:08 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Liberty Park Elementary SchoolLiberty Park Elementary School
Vestavia Hills City
Blue Ribbon Schools2549/28/2017 4:07 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary SchoolLeon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School
Decatur City
Blue Ribbon Schools2539/28/2017 4:03 PMPippins Erica
2018
  
Chasity CollierDawes Intermediate School
Mobile County
Science5
“There is no doubt that one purpose for my life is to be the best teacher I can be. When I am in my classroom orchestrating the learning of students, I am in the zone. It fuels my heart and makes me feel like I am living a life of purpose. It defines who I am.”

​Biography:

Chasity Collier believes the two most important days in someone’s life are the day they are born and the day they realize why. After graduating from the University of South Alabama in 1998, Collier began her teaching career at an inner city elementary school. A week into the job, she began having second thoughts and sought advice from her mother. Her mother asked her, “Are you enjoying what you are doing? If you are not, your students are not.” That conversation changed Collier’s thinking, and she immediately took a new approach to teaching, making it her mission to find strategies to make learning more engaging and relevant to the lives of students. Collier took a seven-year hiatus from the classroom to work as an Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) coach. She returned to the classroom in 2015, teaching science full-time at Dawes Intermediate School with a clearly defined “why.” She has learned throughout the years that her why is not only to teach, but to teach in a way that inspires her students each and every day.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, University of South Alabama
  • Alabama Math, Science, Technology Certified Trainer for Hands-On Science Kits, Grades 3-6
  • Certified GLOBE (Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment) Teacher
  • AMSTI Science Notebook Certified Teacher
  • Star Lab Certified Teacher

 

AWARDS

  • State Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematical and Science Teaching, 2016
  • Dawes Intermediate Teacher of the Year, 2016
  • Alabama Science Teacher Association Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2008
  • Hankins Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2004
Alabama Teacher of the Yearhttp://assets.alsde.edu/sites/photos/ALSDE%20Bios/COLLIER.jpghttp://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Pages/awards-all.aspx?AwardTitle=Alabama%20Teacher%20of%20the%20Year&Individual=12527/6/2017 11:21 AMPippins Erica
2016
  
University of Montevallo University of Montevallo
Green Ribbon Schools2512/6/2017 2:12 PMValdes-Hubert Malissa
2016
  
A. H. Watwood Elementary SchoolA. H. Watwood Elementary School
Talladega County
Green Ribbon Schools2502/6/2017 2:10 PMValdes-Hubert Malissa
2016
  
West Elementary SchoolWest Elementary School
Vestavia Hills City
Blue Ribbon Schools2499/28/2016 2:16 PMPippins Erica
2016
  
Loveless Academic Magnet Program High SchoolLoveless Academic Magnet Program High School
Montgomery County
Blue Ribbon Schools2489/28/2016 2:15 PMPippins Erica
2016
  
Forest Avenue Elementary SchoolForest Avenue Elementary School
Montgomery County
Blue Ribbon Schools2479/28/2016 2:14 PMPippins Erica
2016
  
Eura Brown Elementary SchoolEura Brown Elementary School
Gadsden City
Blue Ribbon Schools2469/28/2016 2:13 PMPippins Erica
2016
  
Academy for Science & Foreign LanguageAcademy for Science & Foreign Language
Huntsville City
Blue Ribbon Schools2459/28/2016 2:10 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Shades Cahaba Elementary SchoolShades Cahaba Elementary School
Homewood City
Blue Ribbon Schools2449/28/2016 2:08 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Old Shell Road School of Performing ArtsOld Shell Road School of Performing Arts
Mobile County
Blue Ribbon Schools2439/28/2016 2:08 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Clark-Shaw Magnet SchoolClark-Shaw Magnet School
Mobile County
Blue Ribbon Schools2429/28/2016 2:09 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Crestline Elementary SchoolCrestline Elementary School
Mountain Brook City
Blue Ribbon Schools2419/28/2016 2:07 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Bear Exploration CenterBear Exploration Center
Montgomery County
Blue Ribbon Schools2409/28/2016 2:09 PMPippins Erica
2017
  
Dana JacobsonClay-Chalkville High School
Jefferson County
English9-12
"What a pivotal time to be an educator! As I begin my eighteenth year teaching in Alabama, I am empowered by the possibilities of creating stronger communities of learners and teachers. Teachers often hear they are the single most important variable in a child’s education; this is a tremendous gift and also a tremendous responsibility. As we work to prevent students from dropping out and simultaneously have high expectations for all students, we are finding solutions such as online learning, blended learning, and career academies. We must use our imagination to find ways to make connections, close the achievement gap, and increase student achievement for all. The power of authentic engagement and partnerships, once harnessed, can help us reach for and land among the stars."

​Biography:

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theater (concentration in literary criticism), Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, January 1983
  • Master of Arts in Education in English Language Arts, University of Alabama at Birmingham, December 1998

 

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

  • NCTE/CAEP Program Reviewer, 2016-2017 (pending training)
  • Clay-Chalkville High School Leadership Team Coordinator, 2016-2017
  • Gear Up ACT Instructor, 2016-2017
  • Red Mountain Writing Project Professional Development Team Leader for Carver High School
  • Red Mountain Writing Project Fellow; Red Mountain Writing Project Teacher Consultant, 2016-present
  • Red Mountain Writing Project Summer Institute, June 2016
  • Clay-Chalkville High School Key Communicator, April 2016-present
  • Mentor Teacher, 2014-present
  • Supervising Teacher for Preservice Teachers, 2012-present
  • Diversity Training Team Leader, 2001-present
  • Director of Aspire Academy, an innovative program for at-risk students, 2014-2016
  • English Language Arts Vertical Professional Learning Team Facilitator, 2012-2014

 

AWARDS 

  • Alabama Teacher of the Year, 2016-2017
  • Final Four, Alabama Teacher of the Year 2005-2006, 2016-2017
  • Alabama District VII Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2004; 2016
  • Jefferson County Teacher of the Year, 2004; 2016
  • Clay-Chalkville High School Teacher of the Year 2004-2005; 2015-2016
  • Recognition from Google and Poll Everywhere for an Innovative Idea, 2015
Alabama Teacher of the Yearhttp://assets.alsde.edu/sites/photos/ALSDE%20Bios/DanaJacobson.jpghttp://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/Pages/awards-all.aspx?AwardTitle=Alabama Teacher of the Year&Individual=12389/15/2016 1:11 PMPippins Erica
2015
  
Hannah BlankenshipWhitesburg Christian Academy
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Contest2377/6/2016 12:53 PMTownsend Carolyn
2013
  
Sarah LowmanTanner High School
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)2367/6/2016 10:19 AMTownsend Carolyn
2013
  
Marla HinesVestavia Hills High School
Vestavia Hills City
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)2357/6/2016 10:19 AMTownsend Carolyn
2016
  
Samuel WatsonHazel Green High School
Madison County
National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)2347/6/2016 10:15 AMTownsend Carolyn
2016
  
Samuel WatsonHazel Green High School
Madison County
National Missing Children's Contest2337/6/2016 10:13 AMTownsend Carolyn
2016
  
Emma BufordHewitt-Trussville High School
Trussville City
National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)2327/6/2016 10:12 AMTownsend Carolyn
2016
  
Ella HollowayFort Payne Middle School
Fort Payne City
National Missing Children's Contest2317/6/2016 10:04 AMTownsend Carolyn
2015
  
Patience DameronAthens Intermediate School
Athens City
National Missing Children's Contest2307/6/2016 10:03 AMTownsend Carolyn
2016
  
Amy MaddoxVestavia Hills High School
Vestavia Hills City
History Teacher of the Year Award2297/6/2016 9:59 AMTownsend Carolyn
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