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Julie Beckwith

The Board of Trustees of The Altamont School has established awards to honor outstanding members of the faculty. Altamont is pleased to announce this year's recipients.

Hugh Kaul Teaching Award: Dr. Andrew Nelson
The Hugh Kaul Teaching Award was created in recognition of The Altamont School's greatest benefactor. It honors someone who has excelled in teaching and demonstrated leadership abilities in school and community.

Andrew Nelson is known as a teacher with an innovative and engaging teaching style. His methods of instruction make history come alive for his students as he challenges, inspires, and encourages them to excel. Dr. Nelson also demonstrates true leadership as he guides the Heritage Panel in discovery and service.

R. Hugh Daniel Teaching Award: Mrs. Jess Heine
The R. Hugh Daniel Teaching Award honors the memory of one of Birmingham's most distinguished men by acknowledging one of today's "best and brightest" teachers.

Recognized by her English, creative writing, and speech and debate students as an inspiring teacher, Jess Heine takes an interest in all of her students as she develops special relationships with them, which are the building blocks of student success. Mrs. Heine works every day to advance the mission of Altamont by preparing her students for their lives beyond high school and college and by fostering independent and respectful thought in every arena.

Lois McClure Flowers Teaching Award: Mrs. JoAnna Laney
This award honors a teacher who, like Lois Flowers, has excelled in teaching and demonstrated leadership abilities in school and community.

Before, during, and after school, JoAnna Laney's classroom is full of 5th and 6th graders, whether they are working on mastery of the principles of mathematics, carrying out special projects, or just hanging out with a teacher who honors each student for his or her interests and strengths. In her classroom numbers come alive as students engage in lively conversations about the fascinating ways in which numbers work together.

Mulkey Teaching Award for Athletics: Coach Matt Kirkpatrick
The Mulkey Teaching Award recognizes a teacher/coach dedicated to the ideal of the scholar athlete.

Matt Kirkpatrick is equally at home on the playing field, in the athletic training room, and in health and sports medicine classrooms. He calmly and expertly attends to the many student, and sometimes faculty, injuries. He has been a leader in recognizing concussions and in developing appropriate return to school and return to play protocols. In his role as Dean of 7th and 8th grade boys, parents and students recognize him as one who helps students get back on the right track with meaningful conversations and approaches to learning and growing.

Brooke Hill Teaching Award: Dr. Mary Williams
The Brooke Hill Teaching Award recognizes superior teaching and spotlights a teacher who demonstrates leadership in school and community.

Mary Williams inspires her students to search for knowledge and answers as she instills in them the meticulous and exhaustive steps of scientific inquiry. Whether she is guiding 7th graders through a study of genetics or the AP Biology class through the detailed analysis of cell structure, Dr. Williams insists on careful and thorough observation and study.

James C. Barton Jr. Faculty/Staff Leadership Award: Jamie Rediker
The James C. Barton Jr. Faculty/Staff Leadership Award, named in honor of a B.U.S. alumnus with 28 years of service on the Board of Trustees, recognizes efforts above and beyond the high expectations for the faculty and staff of The Altamont School. Faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni nominate a deserving member of the faculty or staff for this award.

Jamie Rediker has established a reputation for the skill and grace with which he balances his responsibilities as Latin teacher and coach of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track & field. Students say that he serves as a role model as he instills the ethics of hard work and dedication; that he inspires them to be scholars and team players; and that he encourages them to nourish their abilities and aspirations with determination and practice. Over and over, current students, alums, and parents echoed this sentiment: "A good teacher and coach makes a difference in a student-athlete's life; a great teacher and coach makes his mark on the entire class and team; a legendary teacher and coach leaves a lasting impression on a community."

Edna Earle Mullins Endowed Teaching Prize: Maha Awad
This award honors the dedication and devotion to education of a former head of Brooke Hill School by recognizing and encouraging one of Altamont's "best and brightest" teachers.

Dedicated, hard-working, caring, and nurturing are just a few of the words used to describe mathematics teacher Maha Awad. Known as a teacher who dedicates herself to helping them succeed, students describe her as passionate about teaching, completely devoted, always willing to help, and constantly seeking new ways to help them understand the material. Parents describe her as one of the most dedicated and hard-working teachers at Altamont, and alums look back upon her with genuine respect and gratitude.

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