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2015 Teacher of the Year



       Anna Morris
Welcome friends and educators across the state to a brand new school year! The beginning of a year is always riddled with anticipation and curiosity for me. My mind races wondering what my students will be like, what their stories are, and most importantly, who will I become in their story? Educators write chapters in the life stories of every learner they encounter. We yield an immeasurable power. What we do on the first day of school, and everyday thereafter, makes an incredible difference in the lives of our students.
         Entering my eleventh year of teaching, I feel unspeakable joy for what I get to do every day. I don't take this moment for granted, because I am keenly aware of all the mountaintops and valleys we face in this profession. I think about where I was when I started teaching, and how I let so many things diminish my joy as the years went by. I remember at the end of a particularly hard year, thinking I had made the wrong decision entering into this field. But it was the love of my teaching partners and co-workers that reminded me that what we do every day is so much greater than what we can see in the moment. Hardship can make you bitter, but oh my friends, how it can make you brave.
         Often times, when we think of the impact of a teacher, we think of what they do for their students. However, did you ever stop to think what we do for one another? Fellow educators, it is you that inspire me. Seeing what you do in your classrooms, reading your lesson plans, hearing your triumphs and relating to your hardships- this is what taught me to teach in the first place. I am amazed and inspired by the brand new teachers entering this profession- their philosophies, and where they are with technology and data. If you want some of the best professional development available- sit next to a new teacher. Wherever you are in this journey, your innovation, expertise, and abilities are bringing something unique and important to the table. What we do every day for one another is amazing. Educators are one part teacher, one part researcher, one part advocate, and one part friend. Don’t let anything diminish you from your worthy calling. Hold tightly to joy, and remember that we rise by lifting others. I look forward to representing Mississippi in the upcoming year and sharing in your educational journey. Thank you for what you do every day, not just in the lives of our youth, but in the lives of everyday teachers like me.

Mississippi Teachers of the Year

Year

Name

School/District at time of selection

1979

Earnestine Madison

Vicksburg High School, Vicksburg

1980

Imogene Thompson

Meridian School District, Meridian

1981

JoAnne Reid

Weir Attendance Center, Weir

1982

Tommy Williams

Wingfield High School, Jackson

1983

Martha H. Morrow

Columbia Primary School, Columbia

1984

Bess Moffatt

Pascagoula High School, Pascagoula

1985

Carol Madden

Wingfield High School, Jackson

1986

Zelma Conerly

Lawhon Jr. High School, Tupelo

1987

Edward Wong

Vicksburg High School, Vicksburg

1989

Nelle DeLoach Elam

Starkville High School, Starkville

1990

J. P. Luby

Holly Bluff Line School, Holly Bluff

1991

Mary L. Davidson

MS School for Mathematics and Science, Columbus

1992

Betty Whitlock

Clinton High School, Clinton

1993

Lois Eve Rodgers

Hattiesburg High School, Hattiesburg

1994

Carolyn Cadney

Biloxi High School, Biloxi

1995

Sheba Brown

Jeff Davis Elementary School, Biloxi

1996

Julie A. Ferris

Webster Elementary School, Yazoo City

1997

Martha Hutson

Sumner Hill High School, Clinton

1998

Tina Scholtes

Sudduth Elementary School, Starkville

1999

Mary Beth Boyer-Black

Amory High School, Amory

2000

Jackie Parker

Tupelo Middle School, Tupelo

2001

Renee Moore

Broad Street High School, Shelby 

2002

Dr. Paul Cuicchi

Starkville High School, Starkville

2003

Andrew Lark

Starkville High School, Starkville

2004

Dr. Christina Daniels

Picayune Center for Alternative Education, Picayune

2005

Betty Belinda Hopkins

Saltillo Elementary, Lee County

2006

Lee James

Choctaw County Career and Technology Center, Choctaw County

2007

Cheryl Beene

Center Hill High School, DeSoto County

2008

Chantelle Herchenhahn

Forest High School, Forest Municipal

2009

Stacey Donaldson

Murrah High School, Jackson Public

2010

Brad A. Shonk

Groenflo Elementary School, Biloxi Public

2011

Birdette Hughey

Greenwood High School, Greenwood Public

2012

Stacey Todd

Oak Grove High School, Lamar County School District
2013  Joshua Lindsey
Hancock High School, Hancock County Schools

2014  Mary Margarett King

New Albany High School, New Albany Schools
2015  Anna Morris

Oak Grove Lower Elementary School, Lamar County School District
Mississippi Teacher Center     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3631     Fax: (601) 359-1728
 

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