MPS reveals nominees for Ala. 'teacher of the year'

MONTGOMERY AL, (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public School System announced the two nominees for teacher of the year Friday.

Garrett Elementary teacher Earl Dickerson II and Loveless Academic Magnet Program High teacher Marvin Ellis are named Montgomery Public Schools' Teachers of the Year. Dickerson and Ellis competed with over 2,000 elementary and secondary teachers across the district. They will now compete at the state level for the Alabama Teacher of the Year.

Each year, the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program seeks to recognize excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at the local, district and state levels.

Earl Dickerson, a sixth grade math teacher, has 10 years experience teaching math, science and social studies at the elementary and middle school grade levels. He was also an teacher in Tuskegee where he devised innovative teaching strategies to impact student achievement. He is also a member of the U.S. Air Force, serves as a math tutor, volunteers with the Salvation Army and coaches a men's basketball team.

World History and American Government teacher Marvin Ellis has been teaching for 34 years. Throughout his career, he has earned a number of prestigious awards for teaching and community service including the Yale Teaching Award, National Forensics League Diamond Key Award, YMCA Man of the Year nominee and the Robert E. Lee Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni. In addition, he was one of 50 teachers selected worldwide to participate in the prestigious Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University, England in 2008.

If either is selected as the Alabama Teacher of the Year, they will serve as a full-time ambassador for the teaching profession and will travel around the state promoting education.

©2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.