The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has named a Montgomery County school teacher who makes it her personal mission to engage and efficiently develop daily the academic skills of all students as its 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Zestlan Simmons, who teaches English at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School will serve as the state’s ambassador for public education and the teaching profession.
Simmons, who was recognized by the National Math and Science Initiative as the AP English Teacher of the Year, automatically becomes Alabama’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year.
“This is truly a great honor and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to represent our Great State as the 2018-2019 Alabama Teacher of the Year,” said Simmons. “Students must have supportive learning environments and they must be encouraged to achieve at all levels – utilizing their local communities and digital learning opportunities to connect to the world.”
Simmons was announced as Teacher of the Year during a celebration honoring the 12 semi-finalists and 4 finalists who were nominated for the coveted title at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery, Ala.
Interim State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson said it is an honor to join in the recognition of exemplary educators who transform classrooms and our society.
“Teachers of the Year are world changers – they ensure the future prosperity of our great nation,” Richardson said. “These educators have shown our students a brilliant example of excellence.”