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Homewood Teacher Named 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year Alternate


August 12, 2021 - Congratulations to Shades Cahaba English Language teacher Alli Phelps for being named the 2021-2022 Alternate Alabama Teacher of the Year and Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. 


“I am so proud to have Mrs. Phelps represent our schools and district,” Homewood City Schools Superintendent Dr. Justin Hefner said. “She serves as a literacy leader within the school community, and she creates a warm classroom environment where her students feel special and important as they learn the English language and develop confidence in themselves as students.”


With 22 years of experience in education, Phelps has served as Shades Cahaba’s English Learner teacher for the past 12 years, and she previously taught at Homewood High School as an advanced placement teacher while also working with EL students.


Dr. John Lowry, HCS Director of Academic Programs & Services, said Phelps is a student-centered teacher who advocates for her current and past students and their families. “Ms. Phelps' life work is making a difference in the lives of her students, their families, and her community, and I see the impact she makes each day through her compassion, love, and kindness for others.”