Demopolis school board honors finalists for Teacher of the Year

Published 1:20 pm Tuesday, December 19, 2023

During the Dec. 11 Demopolis Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized Demopolis High School (DHS) AP English teacher Rachel White and Westside Elementary School teacher Ashley Stephens.

Superintendent Tony Willis said that both teachers will be competing for state Teacher of the Year honors after they were selected to represent the Demopolis school system.

Stephens was not in attendance, but White was and Willis took a moment to highlight a recent success from one of her classes. Each year, the Alabama Teacher of the Year program recognizes excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district and state levels.

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During the last school year, White’s AP English class was recognized for having 100 percent of her students pass their May AP exam. Her students earned qualifying scores of 3, 4 or 5 and scored higher than the Alabama average of 71.1 percent and the global average of 77.2 percent.

“Amongst all the great things that she does, her students having one hundred percent is virtually unheard of. We are very excited for her,” Willis said.

To compete for state Teacher of the Year, teachers must be selected by the faculty at the participating school and must serve in a capacity for which they hold proper certification.