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WVAS Honors Educators at Awards Dinner

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Author: Tina Joly

Release Date: Sep 19, 2012

WVAS-FM held an awards dinner to honor teachers for dedicating their lives to educating area students.

WVAS-FM, known as the voice of Alabama State University, held a dinner for a select group of area teachers on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Montgomery’s Capital City Club.

Five teachers from Montgomery, Greene, Lowndes and Macon Counties were honored for their commitment and hard work.

The awards were given as part of the national Teacher Wall project grant awarded to WVAS-FM.

Candy Capel, station manager at WVAS-FM, said the event was a way to honor some of the most important people in our community.

“We entrust them with the future of our children and really with the future of our communities. What better way to say ‘thank you’ and acknowledge the fact that these are very committed and passionate people who work really hard every day,” Capel said.

Robert Taylor, an ASU alumnus, was one of the teachers recognized. Taylor retired from WVAS to pursue a teaching career. He now teaches English at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery and works part time at WVAS. He said he was humbled to be receive the honor.

“I didn’t expect to receive this. I’ve been teaching 12 years and I don’t teach to receive awards; I teach because I love it and I’m passionate about it. To be recognized this way is an absolute honor,” Taylor said.

Carol Harrison, who teaches chemistry and genetics at Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, said she still can’t believe she was nominated.
“I am elated and surprised that my assistant principal nominated me. This is my 29th year teaching in Macon County, and I am thrilled to be here,” Harrison said.

ASU’s new president, Dr. Joseph H. Silver Sr., told the honorees and their guests that ASU has been a cornerstone in education since 1867, producing some of the nation’s greatest teachers.

“When we begin to look at the oldest college on our campus, which is the College of Education, and look at how they’re partnering with the radio station and with you, it means that we are on the right track. It’s going to take all of us to make sure that our children are educated,” Silver said. “This awards ceremony tonight is really about you and your accomplishments.”

Ursula Hardy, an ASU alumna and a teacher at Montgomery’s Pintlala Elementary School, also was recognized for her achievements. Hardy has been teaching for 19 years and said she was honored that her principal nominated her.

“I love teaching. It’s that gratification that you get when you see that light bulb go off, when you know that a child gets it … this is why I do this job,” Hardy said.

The Teacher Wall Dinner was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the National Center for Media Engagement and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

WVAS-FM’s 2012 Teacher Wall Honorees:

Alphonso Morton III
Greene County High School (Greene County)
Principal: Gary Rice
Superintendent: Emma Louie

Gwendolyn Crosby
Central High School (Lowndes County)
Principal: Peggy Grant
Superintendent: Daniel Boyd

Carol Harrison
Booker T. Washington High School (Macon County)
Principal: A.J. Nelson
Superintendent: Jacqueline Brooks

Robert Taylor
Jefferson Davis High School (Montgomery County)
Principal: Cheryl Fountain
Superintendent: Barbara Thompson

Ursula Hardy
Pintlala Elementary School (Montgomery County)
Principal: Shannon Schmidt
Superintendent: Barbara Thompson

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