Stars Among Us
2013 Administrator of the Year
Chad Shealy, principal at Gary Road Intermediate School in the Hinds County School District, is the 2013 Mississippi Administrator of the Year. Shealy was selected from four finalists at the Mississippi Board of Education meeting in June 2013.
Shealy believes that students thrive in an environment that is safe, academically rigorous, and socially nurturing. He works to support faculty and staff in efforts to improve professional performance, and he encourages community involvement with the school.
“With the support from our community and hard work from our staff, we have moved the performance level of Gary Road Intermediate School all the way to High Performing, and we are designated as a B school. As our motto states, we are choosing to be better,” Shealy said.
Shealy, who has 14 years of educational experience, has served as principal of Gary Road Intermediate School since 2010. He has worked as a principal and assistant principal with the Hinds County School District since 2001. Prior to that, he was an art teacher in Byram and Madison.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi College. He was named the 2011-12 Hinds County Principal of the Year, and he has served as president of the Mississippi Association of Middle Level Education.
National Principal of the Year Finalist
Joe Nelson of Pass Christian is among three educators competing for the 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year Award. Under Nelson's leadership, Pass Christian Middle School provides students with a rigorous, data-driven environment where the high expectation of the staff is evidenced by each member's care and concern for all students. Each child is a product of the school's mission of "Education for Today; Excellence for Tomorrow." Although two-thirds of the student population lives in poverty, state assessment scores have remained consistently high during Nelson's tenure. This success is attributed in large part to Nelson's obsessive focus on performance data, which leads him to intervene at the first indicator of difficulty. As a result, Pass Christina was 1 of only 15 middle level schools to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012.
2012 Teacher of the Year
Stacey Todd, a special education teacher from Oak Grove High School, is Mississippi’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.
MSPRA Announces 2012-13 Awards of Excellence Winners
JACKSON — Mississippi’s public schools work in myriad ways to communicate with their local communities, and on Thursday, some of those efforts were recognized. “We have so many great programs and people in our schools, and this is one way to honor their hard work in the area of communications,” said Sandi Beason, public information officer in the Clinton Public School District and president of the Mississippi School Public Relations Association.
CPSD Superintendent Named Clinton’s Outstanding Citizen
Phil Burchfield first came to Clinton in 1986 to serve as assistant principal of Clinton High School. In the years since, he has gone on to lead the Clinton Public School District to becoming one of the highest achieving school districts in Mississippi. On Thursday, he was honored with the Clinton Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen award.
2012 Milken Award Winner
First-grade teacher Sabrina Morgan of Pearl Lower Elementary School in Mississippi was caught by surprise with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly. Sabrina tailors instruction to every student through grouping, hands-on activities and tracking individual "words-per-minute" reading improvement scores. Thanks to Sabrina, her students are on firm footing to succeed in the future.
Beason Named to the National Elite "35 Under 35"
Sandi Beason, the Clinton Public School District's Public Information Officer, was recently notified that she has been named to the National School Public Relations Association's elite "35 Under 35" group, an honor awarded for members with distinguished career achievements. Congratulations, Sandi! Thanks for all you do for the Clinton Public District.
2011 Milken Award Winner
Michelle Brister, a sixth grade math teacher from Lovett Elementary School, is the latest Mississippian to receive a $25,000 unrestricted financial award from the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards-during a surprise notification event today.
Teacher Inducted into the Hall of Fame
A Columbus teacher, Dennis Reed, was among five inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women Friday. Reed teaches physics and chemistry at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. He is national board certified and a 22-year veteran of the classroom.
2011 Teacher of the Year Announced
Birdette Hughey, an Algebra I Teacher at Greenwood High School, was named the 2011 Mississippi Teacher of the Year.
Hughey joined the teaching profession after participating in the Teach for America program. Prior to her Teach for America experience, she received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and worked in the sales and training field for several years.
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