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Alabama’s Teacher Of The Year On Teaching, Common Core, Mascots And More

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Jennifer Brown, Alabama's 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year.

Vestavia Hills science teacher Jennifer Brown is Alabama’s 2015-2016 Teacher of The Year. The 16-year educator, who once wanted to be a professional basketball player, sits down with WBHM’s Dan Carsen to talk about her motivations and about controversial issues like Common Core, charter schools, standardized testing and Vestavia Hills City Schools’ “Rebel” mascot. But the seven-minute on-air version above starts with her evolution as a teacher.

Below is the extended 35-minute interview. She begins by explaining what she teaches, and why: