All Angels Academy sixth- and eighth-grade history teacher Terry Alexander has been named Florida’s Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year.
The teaching award was part of the annual Florida History Fair contest held in Tallahassee May 3 to 5, as a way to encourage students “to research people, ideas, and events of the past.”
“[Alexander] has used Florida History Fair in her classroom for nine years and has served as the Miami-Dade county coordinator throughout that time,” according to a May 21 news release issued by Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
Alexander, a former attorney licensed under the name “Teresita B. Davila,” has turned her life around. She was convicted in Miami Federal Court of “structuring transactions with one or more domestic financial institutions,” shows a federal criminal court judgment dated July 16, 2004. She was disbarred on January 20, 2006, according to a May 11, 2006 Florida Supreme Court order.
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“If we were to give her every award, she would be at every single council meeting and it would be more than one,” said Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia, as the city recognized her efforts as a National History Day educator at Monday’s council meeting.
During the last 9 years, Alexander had led groups of students on historical excursions to Tallahassee, Washington, D.C. and New York.
Alexander will received $500 and an instant nomination to the national Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award. The two national winners, to be named on Thursday, will each receive a $10,000 award.
“I am humbled by everyone who is here today,” said Alexander, who received cheers from residents and students. “I love you guys.”
Alexander is currently participating in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest this week on the campus of the University of Maryland near Washington, D.C. The contest ends Thursday.