Alabama Power helps local teacher

Published 1:44 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alabama Power’s Mike Jordan (left) presents Greenville High School’s Amy Tillery (center) with a check for $1,000. Also pictured is Superintendent Darren Douthitt. Advocate Staff/Patty Vaughan

One Butler County teacher can spruce up her classroom a little more now with the help of Alabama Power.

Amy Tillery, a math teacher at Greenville High School, was one of 14 new teachers in the state of Alabama to receive a $1,000 classroom grant that will be put toward purchasing new materials and supplies.

Tillery was entered in as a submission and judged by a committee that included public education school deans.

“Alabama Power Foundation is our social, charitable school of Alabama Power and every year we give lots of money to schools to help with initiative,” said Mike Jordan, external affairs manager for Alabama Power.

Jordan said that the foundation has discovered that new teachers have not created a dollar base to purchase new materials for the classrooms for students.

“We hope that this $1,000 will go a long way to making this room even (better) and giving these folks sitting out here a good opportunity to play with some new stuff,” Jordan told Tillery.

Jordan said that Tillery was selected because she encourages people to learn about math in a new way.

“When I sat in a math class, we would work problems and every now in then we would go to the board and work a problem,” Jordan said.

“What I understand is that (Tillery) brought new stuff to the classroom, new ways of teaching in a class and encourages these folks to all participate and to hopefully have a new love for math.”