HBS teacher top contender for state hall of famePublished 12:06pm Friday, March 8, 2013
The current Horseshoe Bend School teacher of the year is being recognized as a top teacher across the state.
Kimberly Vickers, a senior English teacher, has been selected as one of the five finalists in the secondary school category to be inducted into the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame, sponsored by Jacksonville State University.
“It’s a great honor,” said Kelly Ryan, state chairperson of the Teacher Hall of Fame. “The hall of fame was created in 1969 to honor classroom teachers from public schools throughout Alabama. It’s a really tough choice to narrow it down.”
Ryan estimated there are 60,000 certified teachers statewide, and the hall of fame receives more than 70 applications in each of the three categories each year.
Ryan said the hall of fame selection committee will interview all of the five finalists in each category, and the winner will be announced May 10 on the Jacksonville State University campus.
HBS principal Casey Davis said he was thrilled to recommend Vickers for the honor and is not surprised at her success.
“Mrs. Vickers is already our teacher of the year,” Davis said. “So we feel like (her selection as a finalist) just confirms what we already knew. Mrs. Vickers is a class act.”
Davis said Vickers, who also serves as the softball coach and senior sponsor, is dedicated to her students.
“She wears a lot of hats here at Horseshoe Bend,” Davis said. “She always goes above and beyond to take care of her students. She is the type person who takes care of the student as a whole person.”
Vickers said she is now in her 25th year of teaching and still having fun.
“It’s more fun now than it was when I started,” Vickers said. “I love my seniors. I teach for the kids – they’re why I do it. They keep me young.”
Vickers, a 1987 graduate of Jacksonville State’s education program, said being honored at her alma mater is humbling.
“It was a big surprise and honor – just being one of the top five is a huge honor,” Vickers said. “I’m an alumnus of Jacksonville State, so I think that’s even more of an honor – to win would be overwhelming.”