Alabama Teachers Nationally Recognized

Three Alabama teachers will be honored May 23rd at the third annual “National Math and Science Initiative All American Teacher of the Year Awards” hosted by NSMI in conjunction with ExxonMobil in Washington, D.C. (NMSI news release, 3/28/12)

Among just 23 teachers nationwide recognized by NMSI as its 2012 award winners, the honorees from Alabama are Scott Sharp, an AP Calculus AB teacher from Huntsville High School; Diann Frucci, an AP Language and Composition teacher from Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School in Montgomery; and Leigh Brown, an AP Chemistry teacher from Huntsville High School. They each received a cash award for their remarkable contributions to their students and to the teaching profession. While in DC, the winners will meet with and be congratulated by the Congressional representatives from their districts.

“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students’ academic growth and are truly role models for the other teachers participating in NMSI’s programs,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “Their efforts continue to drive impressive results by their students and inspire other teachers.”

The three teachers all participate in A+ College Ready’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) made possible through a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative with matching support from the Alabama private sector* and legislature. In addition to teaching AP, Frucci and Sharp serve as AP Lead Teachers for their districts, mentoring and coaching other AP teachers in their disciplines.

“It is indeed an honor to be selected,” wrote Mr. Sharp in a letter to A+ College Ready. “I want to thank you all for the support that A+ has provided. This program has been an awesome experience, and our students have reaped tremendous benefits because of the program.”

Teachers were nominated for this award by school leaders or colleagues, and the nominations were reviewed by a NMSI judging committee of educators.

To be eligible, the candidates had to be a current AP math, science, or English classroom teacher in a public high school participating in the NMSI APTIP, the Initiative for Military Families, or in the virtual program; demonstrate positive results in APTIP; demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career; be one of the top ten teachers in their discipline among all 238 NMSI schools in the raw number of passing scores in 2011, in the raw increase in number of passing scores in 2011 compared to the number of passing scores in 2010, or be the “best in your school” as determined by a formula developed by NMSI based on the number of passing scores in 2011 and other factors; and be an inspiring model of excellence to others.

*A+ College Ready, a division of the A+ Education Partnership, was created with a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to implement a proven Advanced Placement training and incentive initiative in public schools throughout Alabama. Key leadership involved in launching and supporting this public-private partnership included the Governor, the State Superintendent of Education, the Alabama Power Foundation, The Alabama Math, Science and Technology Education Coalition, Regions Financial Corporation, Boeing, and ExxonMobil Corporation. For more information, please visit