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HCS 2013-14 JSU Teacher Hall of Fame Nominees

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16-Dec-2013 (HCS) - In conjunction with school-level Teachers of the Year, Hoover schools also select nominees for the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame.  District nominees for this year include Mrs. Carol McLaughlin (Greystone Elementary School); Mrs. Cindi Morris (Simmons Middle School); and Mrs. Lauren Gilbert Hall (Spain Park High School).  These three were honored with the titles of HCS JSU District Nominees in surprise ceremonies on Monday, December 16, 2013.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by your peers for your quality of work in the classroom," Superintendent Mr. Andy Craig said.  "These teachers represent the quality of teaching practices common in Hoover City Schools."

In 1969, Jacksonville State University initiated a Teacher Hall of Fame under the direction of then-president Dr. Houston Cole. This program was to honor and to recognize classroom teachers of Alabama public schools.

Specific criteria are used to select nominees. Nominee must be currently teaching subject matter to students at least 50% of each school day. Degrees held, length of teaching experience, and current teaching assignments are also taken into consideration. No preference is given to nominees who may have attended Jacksonville State University. They must maintain exemplary standards of behavior and ethics, exhibit leadership, be enthusiastic about teaching, demonstrate competency in subject matter, work well with colleagues and administrators, and constantly seek to encourage, inspire and motivate students toward greater accomplishment.

Each public school system in the state is urged to participate by nominating one elementary teacher, one middle level teacher and one secondary teacher each year to be considered for this award.  Hoover City Schools has had several educators inducted into the JSU Teacher Hall of Fame.  See the list here.

Bluff Park Elementary Connie Shaffer  
  • 5th Grade
  • HCS 26 years
  • Samford University
  • 29 years teaching
Deer Valley Elementary Katie Woolard  
  • 2nd Grade
  • HCS 10 years
  • Samford University
  • 14 years teaching
Green Valley Elementary Veronica Davenport  
  • 3rd/4th/5th Inst. Support
  • HCS 3 years
  • Trevecca Nazarene/Jeff State/UAB
  • 5 years teaching
Greystone Elementary Carol McLaughlin  
  • 2nd Grade
  • HCS 11 years
  • Bevill State/Univ. of Alabama
  • 22 years teaching
Gwin Elementary Amy Alfano  
  • K-5 Art
  • HCS 25 years
  • UAB
  • 25 years teaching
Riverchase Elementary Lori Wilson  
  • 3rd Grade
  • HCS 7 years
  • University of Memphis/Union Univ.
  • 23 years teaching
Rocky Ridge Elementary Abbey Northington  
  • Kindergarten
  • HCS 6 years
  • Univ. of West Ala./UAB
  • 6 years teaching
Shades Mountain Elementary Perry Wright  
  • Kindergarten
  • HCS 6 years
  • Southern Union/Auburn/UAB
  • 11 years teaching
South Shades Crest Elementary Gretchen Finn  
  • Kindergarten
  • HCS 3 years
  • Univ. of Alabama/UAB
  • 3 years teaching
Trace Crossings Elementary Ronda Vines  
  • 4th Grade
  • HCS 22 years
  • Montevallo/Auburn
  • 22 years teaching
Brock's Gap Intermediate Lindsey Cunningham  
  • 6th Grade Math
  • HCS 5 years
  • Auburn/UAB
  • 8 years teaching
Berry Middle Jef Hodge  
  • 6th Grade Science
  • HCS 12 years
  • Jeff State/UAB
  • 12 years teaching
Robert F. Bumpus Middle Austin Wilson  
  • 7th Grade Life Science
  • HCS 5 years
  • Auburn/UAB/Montevallo
  • 6 years teaching
Ira F. Simmons Middle Cindi Morris  
  • 6th/7th/8th Technology
  • HCS 11 years
  • University of Mississippi
  • 21 years teaching
Crossroads School Mike Kunka
  • Secondary Science
  • HCS 10 years
  • Indiana University
  • 24 years teaching
Hoover High Diana Mayhall  
  • 9-12 Choral Music
  • HCS 26 years
  • University of Montevallo
  • 39 years teaching
Spain Park Lauren Gilbert Hall  
  • 9th/10th Instr. Support
  • HCS 4 years
  • Samford/Univ. of Alabama
  • 4 years teaching

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