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Dec. 2, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Five inducted into Mississippi Hall of Master
Teachers at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Five outstanding teachers were
inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master
Teachers at Mississippi University for Women on
The inductees were announced at a luncheon, where
Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward, president of Blue Mountain
College, was the keynote speaker.
Inductees were Peggy Carlisle, third and fourth
grade teacher at Pecan Park Elementary School in
Jackson; Elizabeth Pollard, sixth grade gifted
teacher at Henderson Intermediate School in
Starkville; Sonya P. Swafford, developmentally
delayed pre-K teacher at H. M. Nailor Elementary
School in Cleveland; James T. Reed, U.S. history
teacher at Caledonia High School; and Kenneth E.
Wester, physics teacher at Mississippi School for
Mathematics and Science.
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 more than 80 members, including
graduates of almost every teacher education program
in Mississippi, plus several from other states.
Among the finalists were Debra Nelms Jackson, first,
second, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Thomas L.
Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach; Gail Massey,
first grade teacher at Bramlett Elementary in
Oxford; and Patsy Prewitt, special education teacher
at Greenville Weston High School.
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