Ms Byrd is an exceptional teacher and her dedication to her students is recognized and appreciated! Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent of Education wrote, "I applaud your exemplary work in the classroom and your commitment to Alabama's students and families served." The Jasper City School System is so proud of Chelsea!
The state Teacher of the Year Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.
According to ALSDE, these 16 finalists were chosen among the 140 teaching professionals in the state who submitted an application to be the Alabama 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. This award is given to teachers who are dedicated to the education and achievement of their students. “Congratulations to these 16 innovative educators, who have been selected to represent our local districts and school regions,” said current AL Teacher of the Year Zestlan Simmons. “These wonderful teachers are elevating our profession to new levels. They are working hard every day to ensure all students are prepared for success.”
Judges are now working to decrease this number to the top four educators in Alabama.