Parten Named Among Finalists for State 'Teacher of the Year'

Jennifer Parten, a teacher at Thomasville Elementary School, has been named as one of the 16 educators selected as finalists for Alabama’s 2018-2019 "Teacher of the Year." Highly-skilled, dedicated, and caring teachers are essential to achieving excellence and in preparing our nation’s next generation of outstanding professionals. Each of these finalists exemplify these qualities and more. The Alabama Department of Education released the finalists on April 6. Each has accomplished great things with the students they mentor, teach, and inspire daily. They exemplify teaching at its best. The 16 finalists have emerged from a group of over 170 exceptional educators from across the state who submitted applications for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious state award programs for teachers. 
2018-2019 District Teachers of the Year: 
• Nadine Lynch 
St. Elmo Elementary School, Mobile County School System District I Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Janice D. Kinard 
Fairhope Middle School, Baldwin County School System District I Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Dr. Brittney Duncan 
Wrights Mill Road Elementary School, Auburn City School System District II Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Dr. Blake Busbin 
Auburn High School, Auburn City School System District II Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Carol McLaughlin 
Greystone Elementary School, Hoover City School System District III Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Lincoln Clark 
Berry Middle School, Hoover City School System District III Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Meghan Allen 
Minor Community School, Jefferson County School System District IV Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Lisa Gaines 
Homewood Middle School, Homewood City School System District IV Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Jennifer J. Parten 
Thomasville Elementary School, Thomasville City School System District V Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Zestlan Simmons 
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery County School System District V Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Dr. James Tarlton Wilder, III 
Odenville Middle School, St. Clair County School System District VI Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Ashley Nicole Holmes 
Falkville High School, Morgan County School System District VI Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Rachel Pucko 
Northport Elementary School, Tuscaloosa County School System District VII Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Robin M. Thompson 
Florence High School, Florence City School System District VII Secondary Teacher of the Year 
• Donna Holderfield 
John S. Jones Elementary School, Etowah County School System District VIII Elementary Teacher of the Year 
• Stephenie T. Smith 
Buckhorn Middle School, Madison County School System District VIII Secondary Teacher of the Year 

 


This pool of outstanding educators will soon be narrowed down to four, and the 2018-2019 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 9, at 6 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.

 

 

(Jennifer Parten is pictured with students from Thomasville Elementary School: (From left to right, Standing) Guwan Tate, Carter Etheridge, Ja'Tavia Morrissette, Mariah Grayson, Na'Keshia Smith, and Clayton Davidson; (seated) Nellie Carrol and Mrs. Parten.) 

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