Enterprise teachers recognized for making “Sweet 16” in state Teacher of the Year award

May 21,2024

A former educator himself, Mayor William E. Cooper Tuesday recognized two Enterprise City School teachers for making the “Sweet 16” finals of the Alabama Teacher of the Year award.

Shelley Grimes and Rylee Baxter were each presented with a certificate of achievement from Mayor Cooper and Enterprise City Council members at the bimonthly meeting.

“Teachers like Ms. Grimes and Ms. Baxter are fine examples of top educators and their dedication to the teaching profession inspires others,” Cooper said. “Educators are essential to inspiring our youth to reach their full potential.”

The Alabama Teacher of the Year distinction is one of the state’s oldest and esteemed awards.

“Their advancement to the “Sweet 16” is a testament to just how fortunate we are to have not one, but two of the top educators in the state, right here in Enterprise,” Cooper said. “They are among a highly skilled group of educators, and we are proud to have them represent our city and to teach our students.”

Grimes, a physical education teacher at Brookwood Elementary, is the District 1 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is a 1998 graduate of Troy University, and began her teaching career at Daleville High School, where she taught and coached until 2005.  From there, she served as a physical education teacher at Harrand Creek until 2022 when she went to Brookwood.

Baxter, a pre-calculus and AP statistics teacher at Enterprise High School, is the District 1 Secondary Teacher of the Year.  She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and is in her sixth year of teaching at EHS. Baxter is currently pursuing a Masters in Instructional Leadership through Jacksonville State University.  She was also one of the very first all-star volleyball coaches for Enterprise Parks and Recreation and was instrumental in helping build the program from the ground up.


Enterprise City Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrick Cain, as well as Brookwood Principal Waller Martin and Enterprise High School Principal Stan Sauls were on hand for the presentation.