National Board Certified Teacher
Master of Science Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
- Hoover High School/Berry High School, 1987–present; Finance Academy Director, 2007–present
- RETS School of Business Education Director,1985-87
- South-Western Publishing Company Sales Representative,1984-85
- Park Senior High School, 1981-84
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Michigan University, 1980-81
By Tiffany Ray -- The Birmingham News
January 27, 2010, 11:38AM
Growing up on her family's farm in southeastern Michigan taught Madge Gregg hard work, the value of a dollar and good business sense -- lessons she brings to students every day as an accounting teacher and director of the finance academy at Hoover High School.
Gregg, a teacher for 25 years, is Alabama School District 4 Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2010.
Gregg strives to provide a comfortable learning environment for her students and offer them "lifetime" skills that will benefit them whether or not they pursue a career in business.
"Watching my students become productive members of the community is what brings validation to my chosen profession," Gregg wrote in an application after being nominated by her school.
One former student, Hannah Schneider, said in a letter of support for Gregg that her former teacher made accounting more than just about the numbers.
"Mrs. Gregg showed us how real accounting can be when we watched a movie on the Enron scandal," Schneider wrote. "She worked one on one with her students who needed help, and brought to life something that to many people can be boring."
Gregg began her teaching career in Cottage Grove, Minn., and joined the faculty at Berry High School in 1987. She has remained in Hoover since, teaching a range of classes that includes accounting, entrepreneurship and business management.
She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business education from Northern Michigan University and earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in November.
Gregg is President of the National Business Education Association and last year helped launch the first chapter of the National Business Honor Society at Hoover High.
She was named the association's Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2009.
Over the past six years, Gregg helped grow Hoover's finance academy, developing curriculum and forging community partnerships to provide internship and scholarship opportunities for students.
She opened The Buc Stop student store to give students practical lessons in business and help fund educational activities.
Financial responsibility is something students will need no matter what career path they take, Gregg said in an interview, and it is part of her job to help them make good choices.