||New Albany teacher awarded 2014 Teacher of the Year
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — A New Albany teacher received the honor of 2014 Mississippi Teacher of the Year today.
The Mississippi Department of Education says teacher Mary Margarett King was given the award. King has taught English at New Albany High School for the past nine years.
She is a graduate of the University of North Alabama and became a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts in 2008.
MDE says King will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
She will also travel to Washington, D.C., to meet the President and First Lady and will participate in a Rose Garden recognition ceremony at the White House.
Teacher of the Year finalists included Susan Bender from the Jackson Public School District, Carol Ann Drane who teaches in the Simpson County School District, and Kim Abel from the Lamar County School District.
The Administrator of the Year was also awarded to Michael Lindsey, the Gulfport High School principal.
Each school district selects a District Teacher of the Year and District Administrator of the Year, and finalists for the state award are then chosen.