MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Department of Education has released names of the 16 finalists in the running for the 2018-19 Alabama Teacher of the Year award.
Finalists were chosen from a field of more than 170 teachers across the state. The field will be narrowed down to just four before a winner is named on May 9 at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.
Alabama's Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession as well as presenting workshops to various groups. Additionally, Alabama's representative is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.
The 16 finalists include:
- Nadine Lynch - St. Elmo Elementary School, Mobile County School System
- Janice D. Kinard - Fairhope Middle School, Baldwin County School System
- Dr. Brittney Duncan - Wrights Mill Road Elementary School, Auburn City School System
- Dr. Blake Busbin - Auburn High School, Auburn City School System
- Carol McLaughlin - Greystone Elementary School, Hoover City School System
- Lincoln Clark - Berry Middle School, Hoover City School System
- Meghan Allen - Minor Community School, Jefferson County School System
- Lisa Gaines - Homewood Middle School, Homewood City School System
- Jennifer J. Parten - Thomasville Elementary School, Thomasville City School System
- Zestlan Simmons - Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery County School System
- Dr. James Tarlton Wilder, III - Odenville Middle School, St. Clair County School System
- Ashley Nicole Holmes - Falkville High School, Morgan County School System
- Rachel Pucko - Northport Elementary School, Tuscaloosa County School System
- Robin M. Thompson - Florence High School, Florence City School System
- Donna Holderfield - John S. Jones Elementary School, Etowah County School System
- Stephenie T. Smith - Buckhorn Middle School, Madison County School System