Ad Spot

Evans named Madison County’s Elementary Teacher of the Year

Kellie L. Evans, third-grade teacher at Riverton Elementary School, has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Madison County Schools. (CONTRIBUTED)
Kellie L. Evans, third-grade teacher at Riverton Elementary School, has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Madison County Schools. (CONTRIBUTED)

HUNTSVILLE – Kellie L. Evans has been named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Madison County Schools.

Currently, Evans teaches third-graders at Riverton Elementary School. She also has taught grades 1-2 during her 11 years at Riverton.

She works as co-director for Riverton’s after-school program and serves on committees, including the Blue Ribbon Committee and Lighthouse Team.

“The most rewarding part of my job is watching students grow academically, emotional and socially. Nothing is greater than seeing the light bulb go off in students’ heads when they learn something new and watching students make good choices,” Evans said.

Testing and its pressures are demanding constraints. “Many teachers get bogged down in testing and have the mindset that if their students don’t perform at a certain level that it sheds a bad light on their teaching,” Evan said. “A teacher’s effectiveness covers a wider span than a single test.”

In the past 12 months, Evans has been proud while working on research projects with students. “Research shows students learn best when they take ownership for their learning … and are more engaged and motivated.” During research projects, the students “get to study and present on information important and relevant to them,” she said.

In other honors, Evans received a Parker Griffith Family Foundation Grant and Boeing Science Scholarship in May 2008.

During her career, Evans had the opportunity “to teach the inclusion class at her school … with several students who had special needs. I will never forget this group of students because they had the most impact upon my life and career.”

That class taught “lessons about teaching and life that I will not soon forget,” Evans said. “Although this was my most challenging year, it was the most memorable year of my teaching.”

Evans earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education at the University of North Alabama. At Samford University, she received a master’s degree in instructional leadership.

A selection committee with district leaders and former recipients chose Teacher of the Year winners.

James Clemens High School

Christmas Card Lane brightens downtown streets

Liberty Middle School

World War II, Korea veteran Walt Siffringer accepts Quilt of Valor

Bob Jones High School

beEntrepreneurial [beE] High School Idea Competition sets Dec. 7 deadline

Madison

School board approves bid to turn the old West Madison campus into PreK Center

Bob Jones High School

Greenpower racing builds STEM skills and confidence

Madison

Madison Animal Rescue Foundation in need of new foster homes

Madison

How to submit your child’s “Letter to Santa”

Events

Neighbors: Community theater groups in Decatur to stage ‘ELF: The Musical’

Events

Driving Nights for Galaxy of Lights begin today at Huntsville Botanical Garden

Events

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Polar Express Christmas Tree Trail lighting and Wassail Fest being held Friday in downtown Madison

Bob Jones High School

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Former Patriot named assistant director of coaching at North Alabama SC

Digital Version

Check out the new issue of Madison Living Magazine

James Clemens High School

James Clemens medical and drama students, first responders simulate trauma scene

Madison

Curbside recycling recovery assistance throughout the weekend

Bob Jones High School

Scholarships at stake in American Legion oratorical contest

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast avers multi-disciplines feed theatre

Business

Town Madison becomes city’s first Arts & Entertainment District

Events

Asbury Church to present “Lessons & Carols: The Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 4

Events

Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain

Events

Madison Community Band to present “Christmas Journey”

Events

Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is now open!

Harvest

Still Serving Veterans named ‘Nonprofit of the Year

James Clemens High School

Markowitz, Odom and Wyche earn BBB’s ‘Torch Award for Ethics’

Bob Jones High School

Arslanbekov of Madison merits first place in von Braun Symposium

x