By Chanda Temple
Birmingham City Schools
Birmingham City Schools’ Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Contri and other administrators recently surprised Woodlawn High School science teacher Scotty Feltman with the news that he’d been selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the school district.
Feltman said that working at Woodlawn High has been life changing and rewarding. He also handles the school’s Urban Farm, which is part of the Jones Valley Teaching Farm to teach students about growing produce.
“Birmingham City Schools has been near and dear to me for my ninth year in the system. I believe in the work we do. I love the kids I work with,” Feltman said. “Each day, I really, really look forward to coming to work. I know I get to impact kids, but they get to impact me in a really good way.”
He credited the students, the staff from Jones Valley Teaching Farm and his co-workers for making his job rewarding.
“The people around me make what I do worth it every single day,” Feltman said, following the Feb. 13 presentation. “Without everyone here, this would not be possible.”
He received $1,000 and will enter the state competition for “Teacher of the Year.”
“Here, again, Woodlawn rises to the top…” said Dr. Contri. “We know that without a shadow of a doubt, he is going to do superior in state competition.”