Roberson named finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year

Published 11:20 am Wednesday, April 5, 2023

By Staff Report

Montgomery, Ala. – Selma High School’s Jessica Roberson has been named one of the final sixteen outstanding educators who personify excellence have been selected as finalists for Alabama Teacher of the Year according to the Alabama Department of Education.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Zickeyous Byrd said that the district is extremely proud of Roberson and her accomplishments this year.

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“We are so absolutely proud and happy for Ms. Roberson! Ms. Roberson exemplifies our mission to provide our scholars with the best education possible, and I’m so thankful that her daily efforts are being recognized all across the State of Alabama,” Byrd said. “Ms. Roberson has already received the honor of being nominated and recognized by her peers and school district, now that recognition is statewide! Of the hundreds of applications submitted to the State Department of Education and recognizing all school districts in the State of Alabama, Ms. Roberson has reached the pinnacle and we are beyond proud of her. Now we are cheering her on in accomplishing the goal of becoming Alabama’s Teacher of the Year! She definitely deserves it!”

This year’s 16 state finalists have emerged from a highly professional group of more than 150 top educators who submitted their official applications for this state honor. The Alabama Teacher of the Year Program is one of the  state’s oldest and most esteemed recognition programs.

Alabama’s Teacher of the Year serves as a full-time ambassador for education and the teaching profession, in addition to presenting workshops to various groups. Alabama’s representative is also a candidate for National Teacher of the Year. This pool of outstanding educators will soon be narrowed down to the final Top Four. The 2023-2024 Alabama Teacher of the Year will be announced by the Alabama State Board of Education and Alabama State Department of Education in May.