DoDEA Americas Announces the 2020 Southeast District Teacher of the Year

For Immediate Release — February 22, 2019 | Americas
: Public Affairs Officer | 571-372-0604

Alysia Durham

Ms. Alysia Durham, a math teacher at Fort Campbell High School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky has been selected as the 2020 Southeast District Teacher of the Year. She has more than eleven years of teaching experience with more than eight years at Fort Campbell High School.

ALEXANDRIA, VA — February 22, 2019 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Region proudly announces that Ms. Alysia Durham, a math teacher at Fort Campbell High School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky has been selected as the 2020 Southeast District Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Durham has more than eleven years of teaching experience with more than eight years at Fort Campbell High School. She has taught math in Alabama, Kansas, and Kentucky and served as a mathematics intervention specialist for kindergarten through grade nine as well as taught Algebra I Lab, Algebra II, Algebraic Modeling, Geometry, Geometry Lab, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, and Financial Literacy. She was also a coach in USD 207 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Durham holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics 7-12 from Buffalo State University (The State University of New York-Buffalo) in Buffalo, New York; a Master of Business Administration degree from Troy University in Troy Alabama; an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is currently enrolled at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee to complete her Educational Doctorate in School Reform.

At Fort Campbell High School, Ms. Durham has been the mathematics department chair and both a chair and member of the Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Team. As the CSI chair, Ms. Durham provided several professional development activities that focused on school improvement, goal setting and data analysis. Ms. Durham has also participated in the Professional Learning Community leadership team, as well as the STEM and AVID site teams. Additionally, she served as head coach of the Lady Falcon Soccer team and sponsored the Student 2 Student (S2S) club for two years. Student 2 Student is a student leadership program created to help support military-connected students. The programs focus on three major areas—academics, relationships, and finding the way, which refers to orienting new students to the school.

She is a military spouse and is married to a U.S. Army pilot.

The DoDEA Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors exemplary Pre-K, through high school teachers. The process begins at the nomination level where teachers may be nominated by peers, administrators, parents, students or community members.

Each District Teacher of the Year is selected by a district panel using specified criteria to review District teacher of the Year applications. Eight teachers will be named District Teacher of the Year for 2020. Each District Teacher of the Year is invited to apply for the DoDEA Teacher of the Year.

The National Teacher of the Year program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), identifies exceptional teachers nationwide, celebrates their effective work in and outside of the classroom, amplifies their voices and empowers them to take part in policy discussions at the state and national levels.

The year of service for the 2020 District Teacher and the 2020 DoDEA Teacher of the Year will begin on January 1, 2020, and run through December 2020. The selection is made months before the term starts to allow the DoDEA candidate and other candidates from the 50 states time to participate in the National Teacher of the Year program, which selects a finalist in December. The current (2019) DoDEA Teacher of the Year's term runs through the end of December 2019.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.