Two local teachers among finalists for state award
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Two Calhoun County teachers have reached the sweet 16.

Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice announced today the finalists for Alabama’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. The final 16 candidates representing elementary and secondary education included White Plains Elementary School teacher Lisa Mallett and Wellborn High School teacher John Griffin.

“The educators nominated for this prestigious award nurture the character, intellect, and talent of Alabama’s students,” Bice said in a press release. “They exemplify teaching at its best and we are proud to have them teaching in our state.”

Mallett is a second-grade teacher at White Plains and Griffin teaches math and serves as department head at Wellborn.

“It’s outstanding,” said Joe Dyar, superintendent of Calhoun County Schools on the two teachers being named finalists. “Both Ms. Mallett and Mr. Griffin work tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of their kids and both go the extra mile for them.”

Dyar said this is not the first time Calhoun County teachers have shined in this award. Three years ago Alexandria Elementary School teacher Shannon Finley was named Teacher of the Year.

“Ms. Finley is just one of our teachers who does an extraordinary job,” Dyar said. “We’re able to use her as a model of what an educator and teacher should strive to be.”

The winner of the Teacher of the Year Award will be announced on May 8. The finalist is also a candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

One high school and elementary teacher from each of the state’s School Board of Education districts were chosen as finalists. Calhoun County is part of District 6, which includes Cherokee, Blount, St. Clair, Marshall, Cullman and Morgan counties.

Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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