Distinguished Teacher Mentors


The Secondary Education Faculty recognizes outstanding local teachers on a biennial basis as UNA Distinguished Teacher Mentors. These teachers have consistently demonstrated excellence through their teaching, mentorship of pre-service teachers, and record of service to the Secondary Education program. Nominations originate from UNA preservice teachers and Secondary Faculty. Those selected for recognition from the list of nominees by the Secondary Education faculty are endorsed by the administration at their respective schools before being formally named as Distinguished Teacher Mentors.

Grace Anne Bonds

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School: Muscle Shoals Middle School
Department: Math

Brad Chaney

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School: Wilson High School
Department: Math

Andrew Franck

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School: Sheffield Junior High School
Department: Social Studies
Honors: 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year, 2017 CSPAN Educator Conference, 2016 University of Alabama Excellence in Teaching Social Studies- Honorable Mention, 2016 Social Studies Council of Alabama Award- Honorable Mention, 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year- Saint Joseph

Kevin Graham

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School: Deshler Middle School
Department: English Language Arts

Nathan Haskew

Nathan Haskew
School Awarded: Muscle Shoals Middle and High Schools
Current School: Albertville High School
Department: Music/Band

Shelia Holland

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School: Colbert County High School, retired 2019
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
Honors: National Board Certification

Jason Hubbard

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School: Central High School
Department: Social Studies

Laura James

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School: Colbert Heights High School
Department: English

Matt Jones

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School Awarded: Sheffield High School
Current School: Muscle Shoals Middle School
Department: Math

Amanda King

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School: Muscle Shoals Middle School
Department: Science

Sara Moore

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School: Deshler Middle School
Department: English Language Arts

Jonathan Oakley

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School: Central High School
Department: Social Science
Honors: Lauderdale County Schools- 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year

Lorraine Perez

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School: Russellville High School
Department: Science
Honors: Alabama Science Teachers Association- Secondary Science Teacher 2017, 2015 National Association Biology Teachers- Teacher of the Year, 2013 Siemens Stem Institute Fellow, 2013 FDA Food Science Fellow

Rebecca Pickle

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School: Florence Freshman Center
Department: Social Studies

Christina Porter

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School: Muscle Shoals Middle School
Department: Science

Ryan Roberson

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School: Brooks High School
Department: Social Studies

Tina Simmons

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School: Wilson High School
Department: English

David Waters

David Waters
School: Muscle Shoals Middle and High Schools
Department: Music/Band
Many of the Distinguished Teacher Mentors serve on the Secondary Education advisory board.  In this capacity, they help to shape the curriculum and clinical experiences experienced by preservice teachers.
The Distinguished Mentor Teachers work in a variety of diverse settings and are the master teachers that model excellence for candidates in the Secondary Education program. Similar to the teachers at the Kilby Laboratory School, these teachers often support clinical experiences associated with particular courses in the Secondary Education curriculum. They also mentor preservice teachers who need assistance in areas they perform particularly well (i.e. classroom management).