Education

Three Coast science teachers receive state awards

Patti Brooks, left, of D’Iberville Middle School receives the Outstanding Middle School Teacher from Kelle Sumrall, district director and co-director of publicity for the Mississippi Science Teachers Association.
Patti Brooks, left, of D’Iberville Middle School receives the Outstanding Middle School Teacher from Kelle Sumrall, district director and co-director of publicity for the Mississippi Science Teachers Association.

Science is one of the subjects U.S. students need to do better on to compete in the global market.

To help with that mission, teachers strive to be creative and engaging with their lesson plans.

This year, South Mississippi teachers have gone above and beyond for their students and earned Mississippi Science Teacher Association outstanding teaching awards.

“Mississippi has so many wonderful science teachers,” MSTA co-director of publicity and district director Kelle Sumrall said in a press release. “Those teachers, who were nominated and chosen for these awards should feel honored. We are so grateful for all the hard work these teachers put into their science instruction.”

Three Coast teachers won awards:

▪ Shani Bourn of Hancock County High School in Kiln won the Fred W. Brown Outstanding High School Teacher Award.

▪ Patti Brooks of D’Iberville Middle School won Outstanding Middle School Teacher.

▪ Jill Lipski of Thomas Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach won Outstanding Elementary Teacher.

Other teachers awarded:

▪ Betsy Sullivan of Madison Central High School won Distinguished Science Educator.

▪ Corey Deer of Hawkins Middle School in Forest won the Herb Handley Outstanding New Teacher Award.

The MSTA is devoted to increasing quality science education, professional development in content areas, implementation of science inquiry and networking with science educators on the local, state and national levels, according to its website.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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