Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist is treated to ice cream
Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist is treated to ice cream
Posted on 03/28/2012
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Photo: (L to R) Rodney Evans, Territory Manager of Blue Bell Ice Cream and Alana Ellenburg

For Alana Ellenburg, a teacher at Pepperell High School, being named a top 10 finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year was a big treat but the honor got a little sweeter today thanks to Blue Bell Ice Cream. Blue Bell is delivering a tub of ice cream to each of the ten finalists in the state for the top teacher award. Ellenburg received the collection of her favorite flavor flavor at a school assembly today at Pepperell High. Rodney Evans, territory manager for Blue Bell Ice Cream, presented Floyd County's top teacher with an assortment of chocolate ice cream and provided ice cream for all of the faculty, staff and students of the school today. 

llenburg was named a finalist for the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year earlier this month by State Superintendent Dr. John Barge at a news conference held in Atlanta. Ms. Ellenburg teaches the course ‘High School 101” at Pepperell High. The High School 101 course is taught to freshmen in Floyd County Schools as a part of the Freshman Academy program that seeks to provide a bridge for students from middle school to high school and help them adapt to the heightened expectations and demands of high school life. 

Ellenburg started teaching ‘High School 101” five years ago. High School 101 teaches ninth graders proper study skills, different paths they can take to a high school diploma, the credits needed to graduate, along with life skills that can help in the location of a job and successful in life. “This gives them the basis to better understand who they are, what their strengths are and how they can build on that knowledge to be successful now and in the future,” Ellenburg stated. 

Ms. Ellenburg has taught for 14 years and all of her teaching career has been at Pepperell High School. She started teaching Health and Fitness and developed the curriculum for a Sports Medicine and First Aid class. She has also taught physical education and weight training. Ellenburg is a graduate of Jacksonville State with undergraduate, masters and EDS degrees. She was a standout softball player in high school and college and has been inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame.

Ellenburg is currently participating in the final selection process for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She has submitted a video of her teaching to a panel of judges for the observation phase of the selection process. She will also participate in an interview in the selection process. Finalists will also give a speech at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power in May. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet on June 1 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession. The winner will also be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.