Booker T. Washington Magnet High School English teacher Zestlan Simmons will spend the next year traveling and speaking across the state as the 2018-2019 Alabama Teacher of the Year.
To make her travels easier, Alfa Insurance presented Simmons a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse May 22 at the Alfa Insurance Child Care Center. The Alabama Farmers Federation covered the cost of auto insurance provided through Alfa.
“Alfa is a Montgomery-based company, and we’re excited for the Teacher of the Year to be from our own backyard,” said Alfa and Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “I hope the use of this car helps Zestlan achieve her goal of inspiring her peers to achieve even greater success in education.”
Simmons is a National Board certified teacher and mentors new teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools.
“This is truly a great honor, and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to represent our great state,” Simmons said.
Simmons was named Teacher of the Year during a May 9 ceremony in downtown Montgomery hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). She is Alabama’s official candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.
State Superintendent Eric Mackey said he's confident Simmons will represent the state well.
“We are so proud of her and thankful for this long-standing partnership with Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation,” said Mackey.
This is the 22nd year Alfa and the Federation have partnered with ALSDE to present the Teacher of the Year with a year’s use of a car and insurance. n