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3 Birmingham Teachers in Final Four for Alabama Teacher of the Year

28 Apr 2016

The educators who have emerged as the “final four” finalists vying to serve as the 2016-2017 Alabama Teacher of the Year are innovative and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to cultivating life-long learners who reach their full potential not only in the classroom, but throughout their lives.

The winner of Teacher of the Year will be announced May 11 in Montgomery.  The Teacher of the Year is not only recognized for his or her outstanding work as a teacher, but also functions as a resource and ambassador for teachers for the next year.

The finalists are:


  • Dawn Davis, Montana Street Academic Magnet School, Dothan City School System, District II
  • Sandy Georgette Deades Ritchey, Crestline Elementary School, Mountain Brook City School System, District VII


  • Vinny Chiaramonte, Robert F. Bumpus Middle School, Hoover City School System, District III
  • Dana Jacobson, Clay-Chalkville High School, Jefferson County School System, District VII

Interim State Superintendent of Education Dr. Philip Cleveland said the final four candidates for the 2016-2017 Alabama Teacher of the Year have been chosen from many other outstanding examples of educational leadership in our state.

“Well-trained, dedicated, caring, enthusiastic, and innovative elementary and secondary teachers are among the ingredients essential to achieving excellence in preparing Alabama’s children and youth to become capable adults,” Cleveland said. “The final four are student-centered educators who personify the time, attention, and patience that great educators show every day in the classroom.”

The next step for the final four is an extensive interview with the state judging committee.  The 2016-2017 Alabama Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery

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