Cornelius named State Dept. Education Employee of the Quarter
Published 4:30 pm Friday, January 21, 2022
Employees of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)
have officially selected Rebecca “Becky” Cornelius today, as the January-March 2022
Barbara Fannin Memorial Employee of the Quarter.
The Barbara Fannin Memorial Employee of the Quarter Award recognizes ALSDE staff
members who demonstrate outstanding work ethic, a true commitment to assisting their
colleagues, and dedication to helping our state’s local communities and school systems.
Becky Cornelius is a highly respected Education Specialist at
the ALSDE. She serves as the State Advisor and administrator
for Alabama’s HOSA program, which prepares high school
and college students for great careers in the medical field.
Candidates for this department award are nominated by their
colleagues. Honorees are selected by the ALSDE Employee
Recognition Board, whose members are elected by department
staff. This special quarterly award is named in honor of the late
Barbara Fannin, who was an employee of the Alabama
Department of Education and a recipient of the award.
Becky Cornelius has had a wonderful and rewarding career.
She was a full-time Registered Nurse for many years. She was
inspired to teach young people and became a full-time classroom teacher for 14 years at
Luverne High School. Cornelius also taught at the Crenshaw County Schools Health Science
Program located in the Crenshaw Community Hospital. She joined the ALSDE team in 2019.
“Mrs. Rebecca Cornelius handles every aspect of her job here at the Alabama State
Department of Education with the utmost integrity,” said Assistant State Superintendent, Dr.
Jimmy Hull. “She is an ideal team player that cares deeply about her work, her team members,
the Health Science teachers in Alabama, and our wonderful K-12 students. She instills
confidence in our teachers and promotes excellence in our department and initiatives.”
Cornelius grew up in Petree, Alabama. She holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in
Nursing from Troy University.
She enjoys spending time with her family, husband Todd, and their wonderful seven-year-old
son Drew. She is a member of South Luverne Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir. Her
high school anatomy teacher, Mrs. Martha Ann Allison truly had a great influence on her life.
Cornelius originally planned to pursue a career in optometry. The early passing of her mother
led her to seriously consider a career in nursing and health education. She won the National
Goodheart Wilcox Outstanding HOSA Advisor Award in 2016.