This Week in TCS

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District Apple Award Winners

Apple Awards

This week, the Tuscaloosa City Schools hosted its eighth annual Apple Awards, an event designed to celebrate excellence in education. Sixty-four individuals were represented in the hour-long event held at the Bama Theatre Monday night. District winners are featured above (left to right) with superintendent Dr. Mike Daria (center):


  • Britton "Tyler" Cherry, Northridge Middle, TCS Alabama Teacher of the Year Secondary Category
  • Katherine Steadman, Woodland Forrest Elementary, TCS Alabama Teacher of the Year Elementary Category
  • Jay Peterson, TCS Support Employee of the Year - Central Support Team
  • Yolanda Stockdale, Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Middle, TCS Technology Innovation Award Elementary Category
  • Keiosha Quarles, Westlawn Middle, TCS Technology Innovation Award Secondary Category
  • Jamarcus Wells, TCS Support Employee of the Year Elementary Category
  • Mikey Tolliver, TCS Support Employee of the Year - Transportation
  • Officer Jon de Trujillo, Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Middle, TCS Support Employee of the Year Secondary Category


Cherry, Steadman, Stockdale and Quarles will represent TCS at the state levels of competition.


View photos from the event.

School Showcase Award

Also featured at the Apple Awards was the School Showcase Award. The purpose of this recognition is to highlight best practices in our schools which can serve as a model to others. Westlawn Middle School created a Family Initiative to engage school and community partners as a student-centered project. Not only did they focus on their academic success, but they also focused on helping our families and community to connect to the school. The partnership empowers the parents, students, and the West Tuscaloosa community to take an active role in building meaningful relationships for a successful future.

Three Community Organizations Honored: Outstanding Community Spirit Awards

The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa

TCS honored three community organizations at the Apple Awards for their uncommon measures of service to the system. The Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa was honored for their generous contributions to the successful Book Buddies program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary students.

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission

The Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission was recognized for including Tuscaloosa students in the year-long celebration of the city’s birth, but funding a number of activities to celebrate it. Because of them, TCS students created a three-day history exposition, Tuscaloosa Through Time, and a student-produced book 200: A Bicentennial Artistic and Literature Collection.

West Alabama Works, in conjunction with The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

West Alabama Works, in conjunction with The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, was the third recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Community Spirit Award. The group has been instrumental in creating the innovative Worlds of Work program for middle and high school students to explore career opportunities.

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Sweet Sounds

Enjoy the sounds of the holiday with the Tuscaloosa Fine Arts Academy singers. TFAA students attend school at Paul W. Bryant High School and were selected to perform earlier today at Alabama School Board Association's Annual Convention this December.

Paul W. Bryant High School Choir

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