Ms. Champion was born in Wedowee, Alabama where she was an active 4-H member. She grew up showing cattle and participating in livestock judging. She attended 4-H Nationals in Automotive Driving and Veterinary Science during high school. Lee won one of the National Veterinary Science Awards in 1988. She was also the 1989 Alabama Cattlemen's Queen. During college at Auburn, Lee was a member of Block and Bridle, Collegiate 4-H, and Ag Ambassadors. Before graduating, Lee served as the Ag Ambassador’s President.
During graduate school, she taught Soil and Weed Science labs to undergraduate students. Ms. Champion graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agronomy and Soils. Lee worked in the Birmingham area landscape business from 1996 until 2005 with Landscape Services and Interiorscapes.
In 2005 while attending UAB, she started teaching at McAdory High School as a science teacher. She transitioned to teaching Agriscience at McAdory High School in 2012. Teaching Agriscience offers the opportunity to teach students the value of Agriculture in Alabama. Her students are offered the chance to maintain a campus garden, hydroponics, greenhouse, manage campus chickens’ and rabbits’ health, propagate green plants, cultivate fruiting trees and shrubs, prune campus shrubs and trees, and participate in FFA leadership training and competition.
Ms. Champion was humbled by the award and encourage other teachers to reach out and expand their own Ag programs. It makes a big difference in the lives of students.