MCPSS: Mobile County teacher one of 16 finalists for 2020-21 Alabama Teacher of the Year

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MCPSS Teachers of the Year announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Mobile and Irvington, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — David Dai, math teacher for Alma Bryant High School is now one of 16 finalists for the 2020-21 Alabama Teacher of the Year after being named the Alabama State Board of Education’s District 1 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

MCPSS provides a brief background of David Dai, along with many of his accomplishments:

The son of immigrant parents from Vietnam, he is a Bayou La Batre native who returned to the area to serve as a role model for other Asian American students in the community. He has taught Algebra I, Geometry, Algebraic Connections, Discrete Mathematics and ACT Math Prep at Alma Bryant. He is co-sponsor of the school’s Scholars Bowl and Hi-Q academic teams, the Student Government Association, and the Youth Activist Coalition. He coaches ultimate frisbee and disc golf as part of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers of Alabama grant for after-school programming.

He helped launched Bryant’s “Shoot for Two” campaign to encourage students to improve their ACT scores by two points, and is also a leader in promoting and encouraging community service projects. Dai has led his fellow math teachers in a book study designed to improve peer collaboration and support teacher growth. He has completed multiple graduate-level research projects, including how students’ language use affects test scores and how memorizing formulas can affect student exam performances in Algebra I.

According to MCPSS, earlier this year Dai was named one of Mobile County’s Teachers of the Year.

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