Stars Among Us
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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