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Dec. 10, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Five inducted into Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Five outstanding teachers were recently inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers at Mississippi University for Women.
The inductees were announced at a luncheon, where Dr. Betsy Rogers, National Teacher of the Year for 2003, was the keynote speaker. Rogers is a first grade teacher at Leeds Elementary in Jefferson County, Ala.
Inductees were Mary Smith Hardy, gifted education teacher at Stern Enhancement School in Greenville; Sandra R. Murphy, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Caledonia Elementary School; Margaret Snider gifted education teacher at Baker Elementary School in Jackson; Sherrill M. Wiygul, biology teacher at Starkville High School; and Mitzi S. Younger, retired from New Hope Elementary School.
The Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers was established in 1991 to recognize educators for their excellence and dedication 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.
Teachers were 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 was a part of the evaluation.
The Hall now has 82 members, including graduates of almost every teacher education program in Mississippi, plus several from other states.
Among the finalists were Judy Lane Frye, English teacher at Pascagoula High School; Debra Nelms Jackson, first through fifth grade teacher at Thomas L. Reeves Elementary in Long Beach; Gail A. Massey, first grade teacher at Bramlett Elementary School in Oxford; Patsy Prewitt, special education teacher at Weston High School in Greenville; James T. Reed, history teacher at Caledonia High School; Sonya P. Swafford, developmentally delayed teacher at H.M. Nailor Elementary in Cleveland; and Clara F. Thornton, mathematics teacher at Pearl River High Schools.
The Hall of Master Teachers was held in conjunction with the Institute for First-year Teachers, which was initiated in 1993 to advise and encourage beginning teachers.
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