Kilby Laboratory School on the campus of the University of North Alabama.

Kilby School Ranked No. 1 in Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Alabama

Oct. 03, 2022

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Kilby Laboratory School, on the University of North Alabama campus, has been ranked No. 1 in Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Alabama for 2022-2023, according to a report released by Niche, a national education research group.

"It is an honor for our faculty to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to excellence. Not just for the students they serve directly, but the preservice teachers that come to observe and learn from the exemplars they provide for instruction, classroom management and culture,” said Dr. Eric Kirkman, Director of Kilby Laboratory School. “Our Laboratory School has a long-standing tradition of excellence and high student achievement, and it does not happen by accident or by chance. It comes from a collaborative effort between the school, the parents, the College of Education and Human Sciences at UNA, and the University community at large." 

Kilby is the only laboratory school in Alabama, and its core mission of providing a training ground in teacher education is intact and thriving. Students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Sciences spend time at Kilby and with the teachers there as they prepare to graduate and move into classrooms of their own.

“The work of preparing high-quality teachers begins with engaging novice teachers with exemplary mentors, and at UNA, we are fortunate to have a laboratory for that important work,” said Dr. Katie Kinney, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. “Kilby Laboratory School underscores UNA’s commitment to showcasing teaching excellence and highlighting the impact of quality mentoring on teacher candidates who are prepared to serve future Alabama students.”

Other local schools that placed in the Top 25 on the Niche list include McBride Elementary School, in Muscle Shoals; Forest Hills School, in the Florence City System; and Brooks Elementary School in the Lauderdale County System.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: and