COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremony at Mississippi University for Women will recognize five Mississippi K-12 educators for exemplary dedication Thursday, Dec. 6.
The teachers are judged on the basis of their professional activities, educational leadership, contributions to curriculum and course development, teaching philosophy and influence on students and other teachers. Involvement in extracurricular activities also is a part of the evaluation.
Dr. Gay Barnes, a 2012 National Teacher of the Year finalist, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony and luncheon at noon in Pope Banquet Room.
The 2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year, earned her elementary education degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville Department of Education, her education specialist degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education and her doctorate in reading/literacy education from the Alabama A&M University College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. A 21-year teaching veteran, Barnes currently teaches first grade at Horizon Elementary School in Madison, Ala.
Now at 120 members, the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers was established in 1991 to recognize educators for their excellence to teaching. To be eligible, teachers must have at least 15 years of teaching experience, including at least seven years of teaching in Mississippi schools.
The Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers ceremony also will be held in conjunction with the Institute for New Teachers, which was initiated in 1993 to advise and encourage beginning teachers.
The Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Charitable Foundation sponsors both events. For more information about either event, contact the MUW College of Education and Human Sciences at (662) 329-7175.
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Nov. 27, 2012
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins