Phil Rodney Wilson, who teaches music to 1st-5th graders at Ogletree Elementary School in the Auburn City School System, became the 2010-11 Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Near the end of the live broadcast event, The 2010 Alabama Stars in Education Awards, State Superintendent of Education Joseph B. Morton announced the coveted title of Alabama Teacher of the Year. With the title, Wilson assumes the role of official spokesperson and representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year. The awards ceremony, which honors all of the district finalists for Teacher of the Year, is held annually in celebration of these teachers’ dedication to education in Alabama public schools.
"Phil Wilson is the teacher everyone wishes they had: parents, students, principals and other teachers." said Cristen Herring, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Professional Development for Auburn City Schools.
"Mr. Wilson teaches far more than music. Whatever the lesson – Pi, insects, U.S. Presidents, state names – Mr. Wilson has a song that will connect to the curriculum." Herring continued, "Instruction and integration of the Fine Arts is jeopardized in these difficult times, but as a dedicated warrior, Phil Wilson, proves that discipline-based arts education is vital to the success of our students and our schools."
Wilson graduated from Troy University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University. He believes that no accomplishment is greater than knowing that after his students leave his Ogletree Elementary School classroom, they are working to make this world a better place.
Morton said Wilson truly personifies the time, attention and patience that great educators show every day in the classroom. Morton said all of the candidates have such remarkable talent and are to be congratulated on the invaluable contributions they make in the classroom and in the lives of students.
The selection process for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year begins at the school system level. Each school system can nominate an elementary and secondary teacher at the district level. One elementary teacher and one secondary teacher are selected from each of the eight state Board of Education districts. A state selection committee selects four teachers from the 16 district finalists to be interviewed for the titles Alabama Teacher of the Year and Alternate Teacher of the Year.
Wilson will spend much of the 2010-2011 school year serving as an ambassador for public education and the teaching profession.
ABOUT THE ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The state Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers. Alabama's Teacher of the Year Program is one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers. The program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, presented by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by Scholastic Inc. Each year, Alabama's Teacher of the Year is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.
To nominate a teacher or to find out more please visit the State of Alabama Department of Education website.