• Guntersville teacher mixes heart with hands-on learning

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Barbara Boyles, a science teacher at Guntersville High School.  Like many of our award winners, Ms. Boyles came to teaching a little later in life.  She’s been a chemist and owned her own business-experiences she brings with her into the classroom-but being a parent […]

  • Priceville teacher uses both numbers and community service as teaching tools

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  This week’s Tools for Teachers honoree is Ashley McCulloch, a math teacher at Priceville Junior High.  She’s known for her abilities inside the classroom, but it’s her role as advisor to the school’s Junior Civitan Club that garnered her this recognition and the 319 dollar prize for school supplies that goes […]

  • Alaina Pettus teaches a variety of skills through robotics

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – In one particular classroom at Brooks High School, you’ll find a variety of subjects being taught: from marketing and design to scientific method and engineering, it’s all here in the robotics lab.  Though it’s the robots themselves teaching many of these lessons, the teacher in charge is Alaina Pettus.  Ms. Pettus […]

  • Skyline Kindergarten teacher of 30 years says students keep her going

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – She’s been teaching for 30 years.  Now a former student’s son is getting the benefit of learning from a woman who made a lasting impact on his mom. This week, we surprised Debbie Hastings, a Kindergarten teacher at Skyline School with our $319 Tools For Teachers award.  Hastings has taught kindergarteners […]

  • Every day is a new day in this first grade class

    Meridianville, Ala. (WHNT) – For nearly 30 years, Lynn Fanning elementary has been home to one committed first grade teacher.  She’s already well-known in the Madison County School system; now it’s time to tell the rest of the Tennessee Valley about Carol Patton. She’s this week’s Tools for Teachers award winner. With camera in hand, we surprised […]

  • Engineer-Turned-Teacher Draws from Real-World Experience

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT)  –  Before beginning his 17-year teaching career, Boaz Middle School science teacher Joe Milner was an engineer, and before that, a biologist. He even has a master’s degree in engineering. But he gave up those career opportunities to become a teacher and better care for his children, and by doing so, found his true […]

  • 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 […]