Huntsville City Schools "Surprises" Teachers of the Year
Interim Superintendent Tom Drake and district staff surprised teachers at two schools with their selection as a 2016-2017 Huntsville City Schools Teacher of the Year. Anna Kachelman, a first grade teacher at Goldsmith-Schiffman, was selected as the Huntsville City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Tracie Bradford, the Visual Arts Instructor at the Academy for Academics and Arts (AAA), is the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Kachelman and Bradford will go on to compete for the Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Anna Kachelman is from the area and graduated in 2005 from Huntsville High, and completed her education at the University of North Alabama. She has been teaching first grade for over seven years and says she “has loved every minute of it.” Teaching young children is a job that she would not trade for any other occupation, and she adds that “each day is a new day filled with all sorts of experiences.”
Tracie Bradford has spent over five years teaching visual arts at the Academy for Academics and Arts, and was an instructor at Huntsville High before her move there. Bradford spends her spare time sharing her knowledge of art history and appreciation at both Calhoun and Drake Community Colleges. Bradford has a Master of Art Education Degree from Alabama A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Southern University A&M College.
Anna Kachelman and Tracie Bradford will be honored with a resolution at an upcoming Huntsville Board of Education Meeting. Kachelman and Bradford will also compete in the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, which seeks to annually honor and recognize excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district, and state levels.