Bankhead teacher makes top 5 for national award
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 10, 2012 | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Donna King, a special education teacher at Bankhead Middle School, is a top five finalist for a national “Apple for a Teacher” contest sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Votes for all of the nominees are being accepted through 10:59 p.m. today at the Facebook page of Green Mountain Naturals.

The winner will be notified next week and will receive $10,000 for his or her school.

King has already been awarded a $1,000 Apple gift card, a B150 Keurig brewer and a case of Green Mountain Naturals K-Cup Hot Apple Cider for BMS.

Principal Amber Freeman said King is among the most dedicated teachers at the school.

“She does anything that I or anyone else asks her to do without complaint,” Freeman said.

King was nominated for the contest by friend and fellow church member Betty Hoffman. The online submission for King is titled “Special Special Ed Teacher” and notes that King “gives 100 percent to her community, church, and her kids.”

“She doesn’t give up on her students and doesn’t let them give up on themselves,” Hoffman wrote.

The submission also notes that King is the youth leader at Long Memorial United Methodist Church, which was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.

Hoffman wrote that King “reached out to her community and students with love and support” and “gave her youth group the strength to persevere and reach out to help others in need during the aftermath of these storms.”