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Aug. 27, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Twelve chosen as Hall of Master Teachers finalists
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Twelve of Mississippi’s finest K-12 teachers have been selected as finalists for this year’s Hall of Master Teachers, which was established by Mississippi University for Women in 1991.
To date, there are 77 members of the Hall of Master Teachers and they include graduates of almost every university and college in the state and some from other states.
“MUW is proud to host this important annual event,” said Dr. Claudia A. Limbert, MUW president. “It is important to recognize the excellent job that Mississippi’s teachers do.”
The finalists are:
• Judy Lane Frye, English teacher at Pascagoula High School
• Mary Smith Hardy, gifted education teacher at Stern Enhancement School in Greenville
• Debra Nelms Jackson, first, second, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Thomas L. Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach
• Gail Armstrong Massey, first grade teacher at Bramlett Elementary School in Oxford
• Sandra R. Murphy, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Caledonia Elementary School
• Patsy Prewitt, special education teacher at Greenville Weston High School-Weston Campus
• James T. Reed, U.S. history teacher at Caledonia High School
• Margaret Snider, gifted education teacher at Baker Elementary School in Jackson
• Sonya Pullen Swafford, developmentally delayed pre-K teacher at Nailor Elementary School in Cleveland
• Clara Fortune Thornton, formerly a mathematics teacher at Pearl River Central High School
• Sherrill M. Wiygul, biology teacher at Starkville High School
• Mitzi S. Younger, a retired first grade teacher from New Hope Elementary School in Columbus
The 12 finalists were chosen from 26 nominees by in-state selection committees. The final selection will be made by an out-of-state committee to determine who will be inducted into the Hall of Master Teachers at the ceremony to be held Friday, Dec. 3 on the MUW campus.
“Induction into the Hall of Master Teachers has become a goal of our state’s very best teachers,” Dr. Harry Sherman, co-director, said. “We are very pleased to have provided this recognition for 77 of them over the past 13 years, and we are looking forward to honoring another group on Dec. 3. Out-of-state evaluators are always impressed with, maybe even a bit envious of, the quality of the finalists that they have the privilege of judging.”
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. They also are evaluated on their involvement in extracurricular and community activities.
To be eligible, teachers must have at least 15 years of full-time classroom teaching experience, including at least seven years in Mississippi schools.
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