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Posted May 11, 2009

Department of Education, Alabama Public Television Partner to Honor Alabama's Stars in Education

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Alabama Public Television (APT) and the Alabama Department of Education are partnering to honor Alabama’s outstanding teachers and students in a May 13 evening celebration event titled Alabama’s Stars in Education. The event, which combines the Department of Education’s 2009 Teacher of the Year Awards with APT’s annual Alabama Young Heroes Awards, will be featured in a live telecast that will be broadcast statewide on Alabama Public Television from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Approximately 300 educators, business leaders, government representatives and families of nominated individuals are expected to attend the Stars in Education event, which will be held at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Civic Center. In addition to comments from Joe Morton, state superintendent of education, and Allan Pizzato, executive director of Alabama Public Television, the broadcast will feature comments from Betsy Rogers, the 2003 national teacher of the year, and a keynote speech by John Croyle, director of Big Oak Ranch, Inc. “Alabama Public Television is proud to be a part in honoring our state’s best teachers and spotlighting some of the remarkable youth our state has to offer,” said Allan Pizzato, executive director of Alabama Public Television. “It’s the perfect use of our broadcasting capabilities to help celebrate our state’s greatest educational successes.” About the Teacher of the Year Award Sponsored by the Alabama state board of education and Alabama department of education, The Alabama Teacher of the Year program annually honors and recognizes excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district and state levels. Any public school-certified classroom teacher whose major responsibility is to work with children in a P-12 setting to provide learning opportunities based on the appropriate state Courses of Studies, is eligible to receive the award. Alabama’s Teacher of the Year is entered automatically in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Additional information—including the names of the sixteen finalists and final four candidates for the award—can be found at www.alsde.edu. About the Alabama Young Heroes™ Awards Now in its ninth year, Alabama Public Television’s Alabama Young Heroes™ Awards honors five exemplary students in grades nine through 12 who have excelled in academics, generously served their communities while overcoming personal hardships along the way. Each Young Hero receives scholarship assistance to the college of his/her choice, a new laptop computer and other prizes. Additional information about the awards—including details about the five 2009 award winners—are available at www.aptv.org. Contact: Kathie B. Martin 800-239-5233, ext. 188 205-572-0875 (cell)

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