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ALSDE Communications: Milken Award Winner Biographies

JENNIFER EDWARDS, 2010 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Jennifer Edwards
Hillview Elementary School
1520 Cherry Avenue
Birmingham, AL 32214
(205) 379-4050

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education - Auburn University Montgomery, 1998
  • Masters in Elementary Education - Auburn University Montgomery, 2001
  • Certification in Education Leadership - Auburn University Montgomery, 2003





Committee and Awards:
  • CBS 42 "One Class at a time Grant"
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
  • Hillview Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • Jefferson County Teacher of the Year
  • Content and Biased Committee for the Alabama Department of Education for the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT)




DIHANI USWATTE, 2009 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Dihani Uswatte
Berry Middle School
4500 Jaguar Drive
Hoover, AL 35242
(205) 439-2800

Education:

  • Queen's University, Canada - Bachelors of Science (Honors Biology) 1996 and Bachelors of Education (Intermediate/Senior Math and General Science) 1997
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham - Masters in Educational Leadership (2004)
  • Currently working on Specialist/Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (2010/2012)





Committees:
  • Hoover City Schools Elementary Math
  • Alabama Council for Leadership Development (ACLD)
  • Educate Alabama Taskforce
  • Jacksonville State Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame Selection Committee
  • Bluff Park Garden Club
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Awards:
  • Canada National Scholar
  • Queen's University Matriculation Award
  • UAB Improvements in Education Leadership Program Committee Award
  • Hoover City Schools Positive Image Award
  • Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame Award



STEPHANIE CHASE LEGRONE, 2009 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Stephanie Chase LeGrone
Mary G. Montgomery High School
4275 Snow Road
Mobile, AL 36575
(251) 221-3153

Education:

  • Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix, March 2006
  • Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, University of South Alabama, December 1999







Professional Organizations:
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Science Teachers' Association
  • Alabama Science Teachers' Association
  • District Director of High Schools (ASTA)
  • Alabama Education Association

Staff Development Leadership:
  • Presenter: Using Technology in the Classroom, Mary G. Montgomery High School
  • Mentor Teacher, University of Mobile
  • Mentor Teacher, University of South Alabama
  • Mentor Teacher, Mary G. Montgomery High School

Awards:
  • Mary G. Montgomery High School Teacher of the Year
  • Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction Award
  • American Chemical Society Mobile Chapter - Chemistry Teacher of the Year
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers



STEPHANIE BRADFORD GLOVER, 2008 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Stephanie Bradford Glover
Thelma Smiley Morris Elementary School
801 Hill Street
Montgomery, AL 36108
(334) 223-6920

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education Auburn University Montgomery, 1997-2001
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Member Kappa Delta Phi









BONNIE GARRETT, 2007 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Bonnie Garrett
Edward White Middle School
4800 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, Alabama
(256) 428-7680

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Biology, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, May 2000
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education/Biology, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, December 2001
  • M.S., Biology, Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University, July 2002





Awards:
  • Nominee for Teacher of the Year - Edward White Middle School
  • Principal's Award for Outstanding Performance as a Young Educator



DR. SHANNON BRANDT, 2006-2007 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Shannon Brandt
Wrights Mill Road Elementary School
807 Wrights Mill Road
Auburn, Alabama 36830
(334) 887-1990

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Elementary Education, Auburn University, 2002-2005
  • Masters in Elementary Education, Auburn University,1995-1998
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Auburn University, 1990-1994




Leadership Activities:
  • School representative for participation in 21st Century Learning Initiative, Alabama Best Practices Center
  • Facilitated Auburn City Schools' New Teacher Support Group
  • Provided demonstration lessons for undergraduate reading courses
  • Assisted in the teaching of language arts method course
  • Instructor for language arts method course
  • Presenter at professional conference including Alabama Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Winter Conference, Perdido Beach, Alabama) and College Reading Association Annual Conference (Charleston, SC)

Awards:
  • Wrights Mill Road FACES Teacher of Excellence
  • Published in Kappa Delta Pi's The Record "What Parents Really Want Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences"
  • Alabama PTA Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Auburn City Schools Teacher of the Year
  • Wright Mills Road Teacher of the Year
  • Auburn City Schools FACES Teacher of Excellence



ELEANOR LYNN JAET MCCAIN, 2006-2007 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD WINNER
Eleanor Lynn Jaet McCain
J. E. Turner Elementary School
8361 Lott Road
Wilmer, AL 36587
(251) 221-1300

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science, University of South Alabama-1990-1994
  • Master's in Elementary Education







Committees and Awards:
  • Textbook Adoption Committee Member
  • J. E. Turner Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Construction of Criterion Reference Tests Participant
  • Building Leadership Team Member
  • Technology and Science Lab Equipment Facilitator