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COMMENDING THE 2014-2015 ALTERNATE ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, CHRISTOPHER D. PAYNE, DOTHAN HIGH SCHOOL, DOTHAN CITY SCHOOL SYSTEM
WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne, a self-described military brat who spent his formative years living in cities throughout the United States and overseas, credits the “everyday heroes” who taught him from kindergarten through high school with inspiring him to become a teacher; and

WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne, a 9th-12th grade art instructor at Dothan High School since 2007, strives to unlock his students’ hidden potential by motivating them to believe in themselves; and

WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne is driven by the belief that every single child has the ability to learn and to create; and

WHEREAS, in addition to teaching art, Christopher D. Payne started and advises Dothan High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter, a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions; and

WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Troy University, and is the Chairman of the Art Department and the senior class sponsor at Dothan High School; and

WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne has been a guest presenter/facilitator at many local and state education conferences; and

WHEREAS, Christopher D. Payne personifies the time, attention, and patience that great educators show every day in the classroom:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby congratulate Christopher D. Payne for being named the 2014-2015 Alternate Alabama Teacher of the Year and commends him for his dedication to his students, his commitment to excellence, his achievement in the field of education, and the recognition he has brought to the teaching profession for the benefit of students throughout Alabama.

Done this 11th day of June 2014