The brothers of Sigma salute Bro Ra Alim Shabazz (Alpha Sigma) on his recognition as Teacher of the Year.
From Alexandria News.org http://www.alexandrianews.org/john-marshall-foundation-presents-annual-teacher-award-to-ra-alim-shabazz/
John Marshall Foundation Presents Annual Teacher Award to Ra Alim Shabazz
Alexandria, Va. — Congratulations to T.C. Williams High School 12th-Grade Teacher Ra Alim Shabazz, recipient of the John Marshall Foundation’s annual Teacher Award for excellence in teaching the U.S. Constitution. Shabazz is in his fifth year teaching U.S. and Virginia Government at T.C. Williams, his ninth year in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and his 21st year in education overall. Additionally, he teaches a special competition-based section of the U.S. Government course “We the People,” sponsored by the Center for Civic Education.
“Being recognized by the John Marshall Foundation as its ‘Teacher of the Year’ is a testament to my commitment to teaching the United States Constitution, and to my desire to empower youth through the educational process,” Shabazz said. “I will use my joy from winning the award as fuel to continue to inspire enthusiasm in my students for the advanced and continued study of the constitution as the historical and philosophical foundation for our great nation’s institutions and laws.”
“Mr. Shabazz is a true champion who deserves this honor for making a profound difference in the lives of Alexandria’s young people,” said ACPS Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley. “His keen interest in our nation’s most important laws and documents inspires enthusiasm and creativity in his students and helps prepare them for the rigors of higher education.”
The award, presented on May 1 during the Richmond Bar Association’s annual Law Day Celebration, includes a $2,500 cash prize and framed certificate. Any public or private middle or high school classroom teacher in Virginia who has been teaching for at least five years is eligible. Award recipients, through activities inside and outside of their classrooms, demonstrate knowledge of and enthusiasm for the U.S. Constitution.
“Mr. Shabazz challenged the idea of what it meant to be a government teacher regularly during my tutelage, but the occasion that had the most profound impact on me was when he signed the class up for the 2013 ‘We the People competition,’ something for which I will be forever grateful,” a former student wrote in a recommendation. “Through competitive and challenging debate, I gained a new appreciation for the Constitution and the words therein. By the time I had graduated from high school, I had not only a fantastic set of experiences to look back on, but I was a more politically minded person than before, looking past the obvious and seeking out truth in every aspect of my life, and it was all thanks to Mr. Shabazz.”
Shabazz earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History Social Science Education, with an emphasis in African Studies, from Hampton University in 1992. He also earned an advanced degree in education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Afro American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is a three-time National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in African Diaspora Studies.