Return to Headlines

Dean Named CCS Teacher of Year & Finalist for State

East Elementary fourth grade teacher April Dean, who is Cullman City Schools' and District VI Elementary Teacher of the Year, has been named a “Sweet 16” finalist for Alabama Elementary Teacher of the Year. The phase effectively narrows down the list of candidates to 16 total teachers from across the state, and Dean made the cut from more than 150 educators.

Dean has been teaching since 2005 and is in her third year at East Elementary School. She has been a constant innovator during her time at East Elementary, engaging students with projects ranging from building solar-powered ovens, to letting them handle arthropods and craft centipede habitats to learn about senses and behavior in animals.

The State's Teacher of the Year will be named in May.