Editorial: Teacher of the Year

I don't know who said it, but I like this twist on that famous George Bernard Shaw quote.

"Those that can, do. Those who believe that others also can, teach."

Last week I was reminded again of why I like teachers so much, when I read the story of a refugee from the Vietnam War, who came to the United States at the age of 6.  She was inspired by educators who helped shape her young mind, and went on to get her bachelors and masters degrees from Auburn University Montgomery, my alma mater, and a school full of inspiring teachers.

Yung Bui-Kincer now teaches Anatomy, Biology and Environmental Science at Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery.

Last week Bui-Kincer was honored as Alabama's Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Department of Eduation.

I feel sure that she, like most teachers, could be doing something else in her field... making more  money... with better hours... and getting less grief from overbearing parents like me.

I congratulate Bui-Kincer on this achievement and wish her luck as Alabama's nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

Every teacher cannot win an award, but as this school year comes to an end I urge everyone who had a teacher or whose child had a teacher who was inspiring, to do something to show your appreciation.