Tonya Perry
Berry Middle School 2826 Columbiana Road
Hoover, AL 35216

English, 8

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1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

Why is Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham such an important book to you?


Tonya Perry, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Alabama
Tonya Perry, Alabama's 2001 Teacher of the Year, enjoys teaching middle school English language arts to her eighth graders. She believes in teaching the whole child, which shows in her development of classroom lessons that connect students to their learning. She uses service learning in her classroom and in the school extracurricular activity, which she designed. In the Birmingham area, she worked with teachers, superintendents, community leaders, and mayors to develop the ARCH (A Real Community of Heroes) program, which was a catalyst for authentic discussion and interaction among middle school youth of different backgrounds.  

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