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Leslie Hughes, first grade teacher at Walter M. Kennedy Elementary school, stands outside her classroom. Photo submitted

Montgomery, Ala. – The list of 16 finalists for Alabama Teacher of the Year has been narrowed to four of Alabama’s most outstanding educators. Each is described as a true classroom ambassador.

Among the final four candidates is Pell City elementary school teacher Leslie Hughes.

Hughes is a first grade teacher at Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School. She is National Board Certified and a true advocate for students. She works to remove barriers between school and home, which could decrease classroom learning. She established an award-winning robotics and writing club in her local community and often mentors new teachers throughout the state. She is committed to academic excellence. 

The official finalists are:

Elementary:

  • Ana Carolina Behel, Weeden Elementary School, Florence City School System, State School Board District Seven
  • Leslie Hughes, Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School, Pell City School System, State School Board District Six

Secondary:

  • Leah McRae, James Clemens High School, Madison City School System, State School Board District Eight.  
  • Jacque Middleton, Auburn High School, Auburn City School System, State School Board District Two

The next step for the final four is an extensive interview with the state judging committee. The 2019-2020 Alabama Teacher of the Year will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery.

Alabama’s Teacher of the Year spends the majority of the school year serving as a spokesperson for education and the teaching profession, as well as presenting workshops to various groups statewide. Additionally, Alabama’s representative is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award.

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