Rhonda Strickland was named the 2013 Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. | Austin Nelson
Rhonda Strickland was named the 2013 Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. | Austin Nelson

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Strickland awarded as Teacher of Year

Published 11:07am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Teaching isn’t always an easy task, but one local educator who excelled this year was Rhonda Strickland, who was awarded the Teacher of the Year at the chamber’s annual meeting.

“It’s an honor that my students and peers voted for me,” Strickland said.

Strickland is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Radney School. She was chosen as teacher of the year after being selected teacher of the quarter by a combination of student and faculty votes.

Students can include comments with their votes, so Strickland has some idea why they chose her.

“She helps me with my math. She rewards us with game time. She’s funny,” Strickland said.

Strickland has been in the classroom for 23 years.

“I love helping the students grasp those concepts and see those light bulbs go off,” Strickland said. “I love seeing them eager to learn.”

She said it’s something she has always loved and felt called to do.

“I felt like the Lord called me to do it,” Strickland said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it as long as I have if he hadn’t helped me every day.”

Honoring the Teacher of the Year, chamber president and CEO Ann Rye said, is about recognizing a community partner who is making a difference.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge those who go above and beyond,” Rye said. “Education is a huge economic factor in our community, and through strong education and strong teachers, we attract people to our area, which is what builds our economic status and our commerce.”

And Strickland’s dedication goes beyond daily lessons and grading. She said she tries to “impart some life experiences and try to help them not just in subject areas but it problems they’re going to encounter in life also.”

“We get a lot of opportunities to talk about, not just math and science lessons, but life lessons,” Strickland said.