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Category Descriptions
Classroom Teacher of the Year
K-12 Certified ~ Full-time teachers who spend 100% of their time in a regular classroom setting
Specialty Area Teacher of the Year
K-12 Certified ~ Teachers outside of a regular classroom setting
Rookie Teacher of the Year
K-12 Certified ~ New teachers within the first 12 months ever in a certified teaching position
STEM Teacher of the Year
K-12 Certified/Classified ~ Teachers or Adjunct Teachers in a K-12 STEM setting (SmartLab, Coding, etc)
Food Service Employee of the Year
Entire System Classified ~ All Child Nutrition Program personnel
Health Services Employee of the Year
Classified ~ All Health Services personnel
Maintenance Employee of the Year
Entire System Classified ~ All Maintenance personnel
Custodial Employee of the Year
Entire System Classified ~ All Custodial personnel
Transportation Employee of the Year
Entire System Classified ~ All Transportation personnel
Support Employee of the Year
Entire System Classified ~ Support personnel who do not qualify for other support categories
Volunteer of the Year
Entire System ~ Parent, Grandparent, or other Community Member who has volunteered in a school or in the school system on a regular basis during the past 12 months
Community Member of the Year
Entire System ~ Business Leader or other Community Member who has made asignificant contribution to a school or the school system during the past 12 months
Partner-In-Education of the Year
Entire System ~ Any Community Business or Organization (not individuals) that has made a significant contribution to a school or the school system during the past 12 months

PLEASE NOTE: Although certain personnel may qualify for two or more categories, candidates may be nominated in only ONE category and from only ONE school each year.

It is the responsibility of the nominating school to contact each candidate to make sure they have not already accepted a nomination from another school.

Selection in the following categories does not require an application:
Elementary Teacher of the Year: Chosen from eligible K-6th grade candidates in the certified teaching categories to represent the system in the Alabama Teacher of the Year program
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Chosen from eligible 7th-12th grade candidates in the certified teaching categories to represent the system in the Alabama Teacher of the Year program
Administrator of the Year: Chosen by the Superintendent's Committee from a pool of all Administrative personnel
Special Recognition Award: Chosen by members of the Phenix City Education Foundation Board of Directors
Clifford S. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award: Chosen by members of the Phenix City Education Foundation Board of Directors