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WCU Graduate Student Awarded MLK, Jr. Educator of the Year Award

Hattiesburg, Miss., January 16, 2014 - Lt. Jody Babineaux of Ellisville, a student in William Carey University’s Master of Art in Secondary Education program and a seventh grade math and social studies teacher at Power Academy in Laurel (an alternative school), was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Educator of the Year award. The award was given by the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of the Pine Belt, an organization that honors the civil rights leader during the month of January through a series of events celebrating King’s life and dream. Babineaux, was recognized for this honor during the MLK 2014 “Salute to Greatness Banquet” held at The Sanderson Farm Corporate Banquet room January 11 in Laurel.

Babineaux, a native of Lake Charles, La., received the award for going above and beyond as an educator and serving as a positive role model in his community. He was one of several Pine Belt area citizens recognized for their efforts in the fields of social work, entrepreneurship, youth ministry, public service and education. In addition to teaching, he has also worked with young men in the community baseball program, and is involved with the semi-professional baseball team the Laurel Black Cats.

Babineaux was also selected to be a member of the National Troops to Teachers (TTT) program during the fall of 2013. Troops to Teachers is a Department of Defense Program managed by the Defense of Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support in Pensacola, Fla. The Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame was created to honor members of the educational community who have made significant contributions to assist veterans as they transition to the teaching profession.

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Pictured is Lt. Jody Babineaux of Ellisville, a student in William Carey University’s Master of Art in Secondary Education program and a seventh grade math and social studies teacher at Power Academy in Laurel, who was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Educator of the Year award.