• Veteran special-education teacher brings compassion and composure to the classroom

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers Award and 319 dollar prize for school supplies belongs to Robert Gilley.  Mr. Gilley is a special education teacher as well as an Iraq War veteran currently serving in the National Guard as a Sergeant First Class military police officer.  He’s been teaching for 13 years […]

  • Crestline veteran teacher resisting retirement for at least one more year

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lisa Shelton, a second grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle, received WHNT News 19’s Tools for Teachers Award, which comes with 319 dollars to spend in her classroom.  She’s been teaching for 35 years and could retire, but she tells us she’s not ready to watch from the sidelines yet. […]

  • From metaphors to peer mentors, this Elkmont teacher gets creative teaching math

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award winner is Linda Schmidt, a math teacher at Elkmont High School known for her creativity and relentless pursuit of understanding. Whether it’s a food metaphor relating hot dogs and hamburgers to geometry or letting kids explain concepts to each other, Ms. Schmidt  leaves no method untried […]

  • From TV producer to 8th grade English teacher

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A prior career as a television-news producer prepared Jodie McNutt well for her current job as an 8th grade English teacher. Her work still revolves around using words to paint a mental picture for an audience; only now instead of writing scripts for anchors to read, she’s teaching students at Scottsboro Junior […]

  • 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 […]