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      Central Alabama has three of four finalists for teach of the year

      It's down to the "Final Four" for Alabama's teacher of the year. Three of the four finalists are from schools in Tuscaloosa, Hoover, and Birmingham.

      The finalists for elementary include

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Tracy Pruitt, Montana Street Academic Magnet School, Dothan City, District II

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Kathy Perkins, Verner Elementary School, Tuscaloosa City, District VII

      For secondary the finalists are

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Jeff S. Johnson, Hoover High School, Hoover City, District III

      {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Dr. Alison Grizzle, P.D. Jackson Olin High School, Birmingham City, District IV

      The next step for the final four is an extensive interview with the state judging committee. The Teacher of the Year winner will be revealed at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Department of Education on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the RSA Plaza Terrace.

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

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