Alabama State Teacher of the Year, 2012
Gay Barnes is a first grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Madison, Alabama. She started her teaching career twenty-eight years ago and has loved every minute of her work since that first day. Gay holds a master’s degree as well as an education specialist degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a doctorate in literacy/reading education from Alabama A&M University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist. Currently, she is working on a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. In 2012, she was named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year and was selected as a National Teacher of the Year Finalist. Gay has learned much about the art of teaching from her colleagues and students both past and present. However, it is from the five children who call her mom that she has learned about why nurturing environments for young learners is so important.
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- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.