Zestlan Simmons, a Montgomery County English teacher, is Alabama's Teacher of the Year.
“This is truly a great honor and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to represent our Great State as the 2018-2019 Alabama Teacher of the Year,” said Simmons.
Simmons won the coveted title over fifteen other finalists from across the state. The announcement was made Wednesday evening during a special ceremony in Montgomery hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education.
Simmons, who teaches English at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, said she makes it her personal mission to engage and efficiently develop daily the academic skills of all students.
“Students must have supportive learning environments and they must be encouraged to achieve at all levels – utilizing their local communities and digital learning opportunities to connect to the world,” she said.
Simmons was also recognized by the National Math and Science Initiative as the AP English Teacher of the Year. She automatically becomes Alabama’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year.