2013 teacher hall of fame inducteesThe Teacher Hall of Fame located at Jacksonville State University has named the following as their 2013 inductees:

Elementary Division: Tracy Pruitt (left), Montana Street Academic School, Dothan City Schools

Middle School Division: Philip Jenkins (center), B.B. Comer Memorial School, Talladega County Schools

Secondary Division: Barbie Nelson (right), Northview High School, Dothan City Schools

The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation would like to congratulate the newest members of the Teacher Hall of Fame. These teachers were selected from 5 nominees in each category and the competition was strong. The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation proudly supports public education and has been a participant in the Teacher Hall of Fame from its beginning. The Alabama Scottish Rite sponsors the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program as well.

William J. Burfitt, President
Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation

2012 teacher of the year suzanne culbreathMrs. Suzanne Culbreth of Spain Park School in Hoover was selected as 2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held in Montgomery on May 9th. The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation supports this program by awarding $1,000 to the winner of this state-wide competition.  The Teacher of the Year spends the ensuing year traveling the state as an ambassador and adviser for effective educational practices and outcomes. Our contribution helps offset some of those travel costs.

The following is a report given by Ill. Ronald L. Thomas 33° (pictured above), Foundation Vice President:

This year's presentation was somewhat different from other years, in that sponsors present were given the opportunity to address the audience.  In my brief remarks I said that probably every teacher in Alabama was by now aware of the Scottish Rite, and there were heads nodding all over the room.  When I stressed that we support public education, there was a general murmur of approval and agreement from everyone, and an enthusiastic "Amen" from one of the state board of education members present.  Dr. Bice, state superintendent of education, introduced the Scottish Rite last, saying he was saving it for that honored position because the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation is the longest continuous supporter of the state's Teacher of the Year program.  It was by far the most prominent and appreciative reception I have experienced in this sort of activity, and is, I believe, largely due to our providing for Dr. Gibbs to work with teachers all over the state to improve the teaching of reading to those who struggle with it.  Among the state's education community, we (and by extension, all Masons) are now well-known, trusted, and appreciated.  It is hard to ask for more than that.

Ill. Bro. Jerry Burfitt represented the Foundation at a similar activity last night at Jacksonville State University, where we support the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame recognition program.  Our contribution there is minimal, however, being limited to a certificate and a $50 savings bond to each of the 3 annual inductees.  We could and ought to do better, I think.

Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation assists school districts in providing identification and intervention services for students with dyslexia, the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation offers the following free services:

  • Ongoing teacher in-service training
  • Helping teachers to identify and work with students with dyslexia in the classroom
  • Workshops on testing for dyslexia
  • Dyslexia intervention materials developed by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

The services of Dr. Denise Gibbs, Director of the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation Learning Centers, are available for teacher workshops. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The response to these offerings has been very positive as schools search for ways to meet the special needs of students with dyslexia.

Dyslexia testing is also available (as resources permit). For an appointment, call (205)-365-1640.

The Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation in-service training program gives priority to public school teachers who will be conducting identification and intervention activities in school systems across Alabama.