2011-12 Alabama Teacher of the Year
Horizon Elementary School
Madison City Schools
“When a child who has been puzzling over a concept for days suddenly has the magical ‘Ah Ha!’ moment – I am rewarded.”
A 20-year veteran and a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) teacher, Gay F. Barnes has taught for six years at Horizon Elementary School in Madison. She earned a Ph.D. in Reading/Literacy Education from Alabama A&M University, EDU. SPEC., and Master of the Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Since earning her first degree, Barnes has taught reading, multi-age classes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades, a college freshmen class for struggling readers, and a university class for pre-service teachers. Her passion for helping struggling readers hits close to home: Three of her children are dyslexic and have specific learning disabilities. She appreciates their teachers and “pays it forward” by helping struggling readers and their families.
ABOUT THE ALABAMA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The state Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers. Alabama's Teacher of the Year Program is one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers. The program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, presented by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers and sponsored by Scholastic Inc. Each year, Alabama's Teacher of the Year is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.
To nominate a teacher or to find out more please visit the State of Alabama Department of Education website.