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04-09-2015 (HCS) — Minnette Wiggins, a first grade teacher at Trace Crossings Elementary School, has been named a "Sweet 16 Finalist" for Alabama Teacher of the Year.  Wiggins was notified in early April and joins fifteen other incredible teachers from across Alabama.  While their reasons for becoming an educator may vary, the sixteen finalists for Alabama’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year all have one thing in common: a desire to help their students achieve success in the classroom and beyond.  The “Sweet 16” finalists have emerged from a group of more than 130 exceptional educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers. The pool will soon be narrowed down to the “Final Four,” and the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.

“Well-trained, dedicated, caring, enthusiastic and innovative teachers are among the ingredients essential to achieving excellence in preparing Alabama’s children to become capable adults,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice. “These sixteen outstanding educators have accomplished great things with the students they teach and interact with daily and we are honored to have them working in our schools.”

Alabama’s Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as a fulltime 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.  Speaking on her experiences as a previous finalist and as Alabama’s current Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill, who is also a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Award, offered her thoughts.

“It has been an honor to represent the voices of teachers and students across our state as Alabama’s Teacher of the Year. I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given to share classroom stories of teacher and student successes, challenges and possibilities for future growth, not just with our state’s stakeholders but with colleagues and those passionate about education across the country. Congratulations to the sixteen finalists! I thank each of you for what you do to strengthen our profession and help all students be successful," Corgill said.

An elementary and secondary teacher was named from each of the eight Alabama State Board of Education districts in March. Local board of education members, a local superintendent or representative, the current district Teachers of the Year and a representative from higher education served as committee members in selecting nominees.

See the full Sweet 16 list.

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