Alabama’s 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Brown will cruise the state in style this year in a new Chevrolet Traverse, courtesy of Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation.
Brown, a science teacher at Vestavia Hills High School, received keys to the vehicle during a presentation at the Alfa home office in Montgomery May 14.
“We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Brown for all she does to educate and inspire her students,” said Jimmy Parnell, president of Alfa Insurance and the Federation. “Alabama’s teachers are extremely important people who help youth develop into productive citizens. We hope this gesture will help Ms. Brown as she travels the state this year.”
This marks the 19th year Alfa has supported the Teacher of the Year program by donating a year’s use of a vehicle. Parnell also announced that the Federation will pay for insurance on the car.
As Teacher of the Year, Brown will serve as a spokesperson for education and the teaching profession. She will present workshops to various groups and is now a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.
“It is my goal to create a student-centered classroom packed with diverse individuals who are inspired by my passion and are unafraid to make mistakes,” Brown said. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to affect lives every single day.”
Brown works to motivate students both in the classroom and on the playing field. She is the school’s Ultimate Frisbee Club adviser and previously coached softball.
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Thomas R. Bice announced Brown as the Teacher of Year during a May 13 ceremony in Montgomery.
“Ms. Brown is an example of an excellent educator,” Bice said. “She shows students that they can achieve the most challenging expectations, while helping each one along the way with learning for real life.”
Alfa is dedicated to supporting education in the communities it serves. This year, the Alfa Foundation awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 100 students attending Alabama colleges, universities and technical schools.