MPS Teacher Named To Alabama Teacher of the Year "Sweet 16" List


MPS Teacher Named To Alabama Teacher of the Year "Sweet 16" List

Montgomery, AL "Ÿ Montgomery Public Schools teacher Marvin Ellis has been selected to the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program's "Sweet 16" list. The list was compiled from more than 130 applications submitted across the state by elementary and secondary teachers competing for the coveted 2010-2011 Alabama Teacher of the Year title. The final four will be selected over the next few weeks. The Teacher of Year will be named at a presentation on May 12.

"I am so pleased that for a second consecutive year, one of our teachers has been designated among the top 16," said MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson. "It takes a special person to be a good teacher and I believe we have a wealth of talent in our district. Mr. Ellis has demonstrated a unique ability to bring out the best in his students. He excels at motivating and inspiring them, and he strives to be his best. I am hopeful he will be named the next Alabama Teacher of the Year."

Ellis, a history teacher at Loveless Academic Magnet High School, has been teaching for 34 years—21 of which have been at LAMP. Throughout his career, he has earned a number of awards for teaching excellence and community service including the Yale Teaching Award, National Forensics League Diamond Key Award and YMCA Man of the Year Nominee. He was also one of 50 teachers selected worldwide to participate in the prestigious Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University.

Ellis is the fourth MPS teacher who has made the "Sweet 16" list in recent years. Blount Elementary teacher Edith Holtam was named to the list in 2006. In 2009, Forest Avenue Elementary teacher Jennifer Rodopoulos and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School teacher Yung Bui-Kincer were named to the list. Bui-Kincer was ultimately named the 2009-2010 Alabama Teacher of the Year.