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Teacher in the Trenches

Per the City of Hoover's Facebook announcement:

Congratulations to three very special teachers within the Hoover City Schools district. Today they received the Teachers in the Trenches Award which is sponsored by the Finley Award Committee. Out of 54 nominations, three were chosen--one from the elementary, middle and high school level. The awards are given in honor Hoover Educator and Coach Bob Finley who was known for the character and moral values he consistently displayed.
*Ashley Sparks is a math specialist at Trace Crossings Elementary School. She feels relationships with students and co-workers are most important. Some words that are used to describer her are -
thoughtful, giving, selfless, a loyal friend, fair and she allows others to be heard. She is known for setting high standards for herself and others and is a natural leader. Over the years, she has become known as The GOAT! Congratulations, Mrs. Sparks!
*Brian Wilson is the Band Director at Berry Middle School. He feels the best part of his job is watching students grow in their musical education. Others say he is kind, respectful and shows love and passion for both teaching his students and music. He partners closely with the UAB band, which allows his students to participate in summer camps that give them a feel for college level music at the middle school stage. Under his leadership, Berry students have been recognized as All-State winners many times. Congratulations, Mr. Wilson!
*Maryann Pledger is an ESL specialist at Spain Park High School. She is also president of the nonprofit, 25-35, which seeks to meet the needs of others. She is known to be passionate about everything she does and always puts forth her best effort. She is always smiling and always has a positive attitude. Her work goes beyond the classroom. During the time when students remained at home due to Covid, she provided carloads off items to her students' families that were in need. For one family that did not have furniture, she provided beds, couches, linens and more. Thanks for all you do, Mrs. Pledger!