Alabama Power Service Organization awards grants to new teachers

BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) has awarded grants to 16 new public school teachers, extending a tradition that began 15 years ago.


All winners graduated from state-approved teacher programs at Alabama's public four-year colleges and universities. They each receive a $1,000 grant to buy classroom materials and supplies.


“The Alabama Power Service Organization prides itself in helping to make our state better,” said Carla Roberson, manager of Education and Volunteer Services for Alabama Power. “One of the best ways in which to do this is to encourage educators, especially those who have shown promise and potential during their first year.”


APSO has awarded grants to new teachers since 1995. Candidates are submitted by the state’s public teacher colleges. Winners are selected by a committee that includes education school deans.


APSO includes more than 4,000 Alabama Power, Southern Nuclear and Southern Company employees and their families who give their time to help improve Alabama communities. 


Supporting education is one of the priorities of APSO, which works closely with educators to help children and teachers in the classroom through a variety of initiatives and programs.


Here are the winners of the new teacher grants, the schools where they teach, and the colleges where they earned their education degrees:


  • M.J. Blackburn; Causey Middle School – Mobile; University of South Alabama


  • Dominic L. Cummings; Owens Cross Roads Elementary School – Owens Cross Roads; Alabama A&M University


  • Charmaine Cureton; Benjamin Russell High SchoolAlexander City; Auburn University


  • Chasity M. Curtis; Midfield Elementary School – Midfield; University of Alabama at Birmingham


  • Jesse Jay Daniel; Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary SchoolTuscaloosa; University of Alabama


  • Erin Davis; Sparkman High School – Harvest; University of Alabama at Huntsville


  • Chris Loyd Fleming; Southside High School – Southside; Jacksonville State University


  • Lesley Ann Hammack; Rehobeth Elementary SchoolDothan; Troy University Dothan


  • Carol Davenport Harris; Clark Elementary School  Selma; Auburn University Montgomery


  • Samantha Henry; Booker T. Washington High School – Tuskegee; Alabama State University


  • Norman H. Lier; Russellville Middle/High School – Russellville; University of North Alabama


  • Bart DeWayne Lockhart; Farmstead Junior High School – Jasper; University of West Alabama


·         Tracy Charmaine Martin; Lafayette Eastside Elementary SchoolLafayette; Troy University Phenix City


  • Angela McCullar; Double Springs Elementary School – Double Springs; Athens State University


  • Betsy Moore; Montevallo Middle School – Montevallo; University of Montevallo


  • Daniel Walden; Goshen High SchoolGoshen; Troy University


Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO),

provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state. For more information about Alabama Power’s volunteer and community initiatives, go to


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