• Monrovia Elementary teacher takes unique approach to teaching history

    MONROVIA, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a lesson so important it begs to be taught outside of the classroom.  Each school year, Monrovia Elementary’s  teacher Jesse Schmitt has a unique way of teaching his students about Anne Frank. The lesson has a lasting impact and it’s just one of the many reasons he’s being recognized in […]

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    This “new” teacher is far from inexperienced

    SYLVANIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Alan Smart is a history teacher/football/softball/bass-fishing coach at Sylvania school and is the latest recipient of WHNT’s $319 Tools for Teachers award. Coach Smart has  only been teaching for two years, but he’s far from inexperienced. For 25 years, he was a mechanic in a mill but made the leap to teaching […]

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    Disney On Ice brings the magic back to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You can catch the magic of Disney on the ice at Propst Arena this weekend.  Disney On Ice is in Huntsville for a series of shows. Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove has several performances through Sunday, Nov. 23.  Here is ticket and pricing information. WHNT News 19’s Brandon Chambers announced […]

  • Veteran Kindergarten Teacher Keeps Kids on Their Toes

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT’s Tools for Teachers award this week goes to Connie McFall, a kindergarten teacher at Plainview Elementary School in Rainsville. She’s been on the job for 28 years and is still keeping a step ahead of her energetic students. Ms. McFall was nominated by April Hamilton, a grateful mom who appreciates how much her […]

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    Entrepreneurs pitch business ideas at UNA to win $5,000

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  From fashion to geriatrics, people of all ages took an opportunity to make their ideas something bigger in Florence Tuesday. Entrepreneurs of all ages pitched business ideas to a panel at the University of North Alabama. Participants competed for a chance to win $5,000 and a chance to network and start […]

  • Recognizing Danville’s Veteran Agriscience Teacher

    DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The FFA and agriscience programs at Danville High School are the envy of many schools around the region, thanks in large part to Sandy Fields, who’s been teaching for 28 years. Mr. Fields is this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner, which comes with $319 to spend as he sees fit […]

  • Band director settles for nothing less than students’ best

    Madison, Ala. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers mission this week took us to the James Clemens High School band room, where we surprised band director Keith Anderson with $319 to be spent as he sees fit on supplies. Mr. Anderson was nominated by Clemens sophomore, Natalie Falkenberry, who really appreciates the dedication he has […]

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    Second Grader Thanks Her Teacher for Making School Fun

    Lincoln County, Tenn. (WHNT) – Our Tools for Teachers award winner this week is Suzette Pike, a second grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary.  She was officially nominated by Dr. Bill Edwards, but the idea actually came from his daughter Rhiannon Edwards, a student currently in Ms. Pike’s class.  According to Dr. Edwards, Rhiannon is […]

  • Lexington School Teacher Leaving a Legacy of Excellence

    Lexington, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award recipient is Lexington school’s Shelain Collier, a veteran teacher who is in her 25th and — sadly for the Lexington school community — final year. She was nominated by second grader Maggie Brady who loved her experience in Mrs. Collier’s first grade class last year. […]

  • hrrr_2014101311_ref_tx Overview of severe weather potential for Monday/Tuesday

    This post is intended to give a general overview of the severe weather threat facing the Valley Monday and Tuesday. For a lengthier and more detailed discussion of not only our severe weather expectations, but also tonight’s weather and the cool-down that follows the upcoming storms, head over to the main forecast page. – A […]

  • A Young Choir Teacher is Already Making Her Mark in Muscle Shoals

    Muscle Shoals, ALA. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers honor goes to Christina Booker, a music teacher at Muscle Shoals Middle School. She received 319 dollars for supplies during WHNT’s surprise classroom visit. Despite the fact she’s only in her second year as a teacher, Ms. Booker is already changing the landscape at this […]

  • West Limestone teacher strives for positive impacts

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers spotlight shines on Tobie Craig, a third grade teacher at West Limestone School. We surprised Mrs. Tobie (as the kids call her) with $319 to spend in her classroom as she sees fit. She was nominated fellow teacher Amanda Gibbs, whose son is in Craig’s […]