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Rock Quarry Elementary School Rock Quarry Elementary School
Tuscaloosa City
Blue Ribbon Schools27110/2/2018 11:16 AMCrenshaw Edward
Mountain Brook Elementary School Mountain Brook Elementary School
Mountain Brook City
Blue Ribbon Schools27010/2/2018 11:14 AMCrenshaw Edward
Liberty Park Middle School Liberty Park Middle School
Vestavia Hills City
Blue Ribbon Schools26910/2/2018 11:13 AMCrenshaw Edward
Athens Elementary School Athens Elementary School
Athens City
Blue Ribbon Schools26810/2/2018 11:11 AMCrenshaw Edward
Arab Elementary SchoolArab Elementary School
Arab City
Blue Ribbon Schools26710/2/2018 11:05 AMCrenshaw Edward
Zestlan SimmonsBooker T. Washington Magnet School
Montgomery County
Montgomery County

    Teachers have a great sphere of influence, and every teacher desires to make a difference and provide support for not only the students with whom they interact but also with the colleagues with whom they work. In my 19 years as an educator, I have found that participating in collaborative learning communities and creating collaborative learning opportunities encourage a growth mindset of achievement and academic excellence. In this type of culture, teachers work together to create an atmosphere of unity and acceptance that is strengthened by open and honest communication as well as accountability.

          In this type of environment, students can discover their individual intelligences and develop them with a variety of teaching and learning strategies. It has been my focus to assist students in discovering these intelligences and to expose them to knowledge and experiences that will enhance their learning as well as inspire them to become well-informed decision makers and contributors in society. In a collaborative learning classroom, students are empowered to succeed in a global society as they learn about the benefits of discovering their own strengths and how the benefit the world around them.

          In the same way, new teachers can benefit from collaborative learning communities. In addressing teacher isolation, in particularly for new teachers, I believe a nurturing school culture through collaboration with veteran teachers will ensure the professional and emotional support that will promote teacher retention. Not only will the new teacher have a support system but they will also gain confidence as there is an exchange of new ideas in a mutually respectful environment. It is this interdependence that teachers can continue to help teachers through the triumphs and trials of the school year, and teachers can be energized and united for one purpose-to ensure the academic success and enthusiasm for education in our students.



· Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Language Arts, Auburn University Montgomery, 1999

· Master's of Science in Secondary Education Language Arts, Auburn University of Montgomery, 2007

· National Board Certification, 2010

· Master's of Science in Instructional Leadership, Auburn University of Montgomery, 2017


Leadership Activities

· Mentoring Chinese Mandarin language teacher, 2017-2018

· E3 trainer for middle school teachers , A Plus College Ready, 2014-present

· AP Language Presenter for Saturday Sessions, National Math and     Science Initiative, 2014- present

· Cooperating teacher for student-teacher internship (Huntingdon College), Spring 2017

· Site Facilitator for Montgomery County, APlus College Readiness, 2013- 2016 

· AP Language Presenter, A Plus College Readiness, 2011-present

· Conducted professional development for faculty on Varying Teaching Strategies for the Different Learning Styles and Addressing Issues in Low Income Schools, 2016

· Collaborated with grade level teachers to construct the 11th Grade ELA Curriculum guide, July 2013

· Conducted System-wide in-service for Secondary English Language arts teachers on the Alabama College and Career readiness Standards, August 2013

· Co-sponsor Booker T. Washington Magnet chapter of National Honor Society, 2013-present

· Conducts Workshops for parents of incoming students, 2015

· Hosted, cooperated with and instructed student-teachers, 2011, 2013, 2015,2016

· AP English Lead Teacher: Mentored three APlus College ready grant AP English teachers 2011- 2013

· Mentored French teacher, Fall 2011

· Cooperating teacher for student-teacher internship (Auburn University Montgomery), 2011, 2012, 2016

· Cooperating Teacher for student-teacher (University of Alabama Birmingham), Fall 2009    

· Mentored first-year Photography teacher (Booker T. Washington Magnet High School), 2009

· Mentor any first year ELA, foreign language or fine arts teacher, 2009-present

Alabama Teacher of the Year 3:31 PMSides Rebecca
Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville State University
Green Ribbon Schools2652/21/2018 11:39 AMPippins Erica
Woodland Forrest Elementary SchoolWoodland Forrest Elementary School
Tuscaloosa City
Green Ribbon Schools2642/21/2018 11:40 AMPippins Erica
Legacy Elementary SchoolLegacy Elementary School
Madison City
Green Ribbon Schools2632/21/2018 11:40 AMPippins Erica
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Green Ribbon Schools2622/21/2018 11:40 AMPippins Erica
Sycamore SchoolSycamore School
Talladega County
Green Ribbon Schools2612/21/2018 11:40 AMPippins Erica
Childersburg Elementary SchoolChildersburg Elementary School
Talladega County
Green Ribbon Schools2602/21/2018 11:40 AMPippins Erica
Vincent "Vinny" ChiaramonteR.F. Bumpus Middle School
Hoover City
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards25911/29/2017 12:54 PMPippins Erica
Amara AlexanderHorizon Elementary School
Madison City
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards 1:16 PMPippins Erica
Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-MiddleTuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Middle
Tuscaloosa City
Blue Ribbon Schools2579/28/2017 4:10 PMPippins Erica
Saraland Elementary SchoolSaraland Elementary School
Saraland City
Blue Ribbon Schools2569/28/2017 4:09 PMPippins Erica
Memorial Park Elementary SchoolMemorial Park Elementary School
Jasper City
Blue Ribbon Schools2559/28/2017 4:08 PMPippins Erica
Liberty Park Elementary SchoolLiberty Park Elementary School
Vestavia Hills City
Blue Ribbon Schools2549/28/2017 4:07 PMPippins Erica
Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary SchoolLeon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School
Decatur City
Blue Ribbon Schools2539/28/2017 4:03 PMPippins Erica
Chasity CollierDawes Intermediate School
Mobile County
“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.”


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.


  • 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



  • 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 Year 11:21 AMPippins Erica
University of Montevallo University of Montevallo
Green Ribbon Schools2512/6/2017 2:12 PMValdes-Hubert Malissa
A. H. Watwood Elementary SchoolA. H. Watwood Elementary School
Talladega County
Green Ribbon Schools2502/6/2017 2:10 PMValdes-Hubert Malissa
West Elementary SchoolWest Elementary School
Vestavia Hills City
Blue Ribbon Schools2499/28/2016 2:16 PMPippins Erica
Loveless Academic Magnet Program High SchoolLoveless Academic Magnet Program High School
Montgomery County
Blue Ribbon Schools2489/28/2016 2:15 PMPippins Erica
Forest Avenue Elementary SchoolForest Avenue Elementary School
Montgomery County
Blue Ribbon Schools2479/28/2016 2:14 PMPippins Erica
Eura Brown Elementary SchoolEura Brown Elementary School
Gadsden City
Blue Ribbon Schools2469/28/2016 2:13 PMPippins Erica
Academy for Science & Foreign LanguageAcademy for Science & Foreign Language
Huntsville City
Blue Ribbon Schools2459/28/2016 2:10 PMPippins Erica
Shades Cahaba Elementary SchoolShades Cahaba Elementary School
Homewood City
Blue Ribbon Schools2449/28/2016 2:08 PMPippins Erica
Old Shell Road School of Performing ArtsOld Shell Road School of Performing Arts
Mobile County
Blue Ribbon Schools2439/28/2016 2:08 PMPippins Erica
Clark-Shaw Magnet SchoolClark-Shaw Magnet School
Mobile County
Blue Ribbon Schools2429/28/2016 2:09 PMPippins Erica
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