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District Teachers of the Year Honored at WCU Phi Delta Kappa Meeting

Hattiesburg, Miss., June 6, 2012 - District Teachers of the Year from the southern part of the state were recognized during the monthly Pinebelt Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) meeting at William Carey University on May 29.  Phi Delta Kappa is a professional association for educators, and the Pinebelt chapter includes teachers from elementary through university level.

 “This is a very big milestone for these teachers’ professional careers and we wanted to honor them through Phi Delta Kappa,” said Dr. Barry Morris, dean of the WCU School of Education.

The Mississippi Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Teacher Center. It recognizes outstanding achievement by public school teachers. Each local school district chooses a District Teacher of the Year, and then the MDE selects Mississippi’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.

The District Teachers of the Year present were Rachel DeVaughan of George County School District, Eleanor Joiner of Moss Point School District, Denise Minor of Hattiesburg Public School District, Daphne Nelson of Perry School District, Cynthia Sutfin of Poplarville Separate School District, and Stacey Todd of Lamar County School District. Todd, who teaches special education at Oak Grove High School, was recognized for being Mississippi’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.        

In addition to recognition of the district teachers and Mississippi teacher of the year, Lisa Hurst of Byram was presented with one of PDK’s student scholarships for $500. Rachel Thornhill, a WCU elementary education major, was presented with a student scholarship of the same amount during a Pinebelt PDK meeting on April 19.

Other District Teachers of the Year included Constance Roth, Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District; Stacy McDaniel, Columbia School District; Jane McGlocklin, Covington County School District; Travis Holifield, Forrest County School District; Dorshandrell Pitts, Gulfport School District; Melanie S. Ladner, Hancock County School District; Suzanne Jennings, Jackson County School District; Herdie Booth, Jefferson Davis County School District; Sheron Renee McRee, Jones County School District; Vernice M. Goode, Laurel School District; Lauren Ward, Long Beach School District; Tokie Young-Butler, McComb School District; Glenda Richard, North Pike School District; Samantha Switzer, Ocean Springs School District; Robert Lee Moore, Pascagoula School District; Melissa McKenny Harris, Pass Christian Public School District; Tracy Stockstill, Pearl River County School District; Teresa Jean Loper, Petal School District; Lisa Howie, Picayune School District; Hugh O. Thoms, Richton School District; Traci Brown, Simpson County School District; Angela Benefield, South Pike School District; and Shirley Curry, West Jasper School District.

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(left to right, front row) District Teachers of the Year Rachel DeVaughan of George County School District, Denise Minor of Hattiesburg Public School District, (left to right, back row) Eleanor Joiner of Moss Point School District, Daphne Nelson of Perry School District, Cynthia Sutfin of Poplarville Separate School District, and Stacey Todd of Lamar County School District pose for a photo after being recognized for their honors at the Pinebelt Phi Delta Kappa meeting held at William Carey University on May 29. Todd was also recognized for being Mississippiā€™s 2012 Teacher of the Year.