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MPSD names 2018 Administrator, Teacher of the Year

The Meridian Public School District announced the 2018 Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year at the School Board Meeting held on Monday, April 16, 2018.

LaVonda Germany was chosen as the 2018 Administrator of the Year and Michelle West was chosen as Teacher of the Year.

2018 Administrator of the Year – LaVonda Germany


Pictured left to right: Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter and MPSD Administrator of the Year LaVonda Germany

With 26 years of employment with MPSD, Germany is in her tenth year as Principal of Poplar Springs Elementary. She earned a Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Educational Specialist degree from Mississippi State University. She is also a graduate of Meridian High School.

“We are so excited to recognize Mrs. LaVonda Germany as the Meridian Public School District Administrator of the Year,” said Dr. Amy Carter, MPSD Superintendent. “Mrs. Germany has been with the district for a long time and has exemplified excellence this year and each year she has served as principal of Poplar Springs Elementary. We’re excited about the level of excellence she displays in academics, that she displays in our community and overall she is a great administrator and a great leader.”

“It’s just a way for the district to show that they appreciate what we get to do each and every day,” said Mrs. Germany. “I’m blessed to be able to do what I enjoy doing and what I feel like I’ve been called to do. It affirms that I’m doing the right thing.”

2018 MPSD Teacher of the Year – Michelle West

Pictured left to right: Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter and MPSD Teacher of the Year Michelle West

In her sixteenth year as a teacher, West teaches chemistry and physics at Meridian High School. West earned a bachelors in Chemistry Education at Purdue University.

Mrs. West is a 16 year veteran of MPSD and we are honored to recognize her as the 2017-2018 MPSD Teacher of the Year,” said Dr. Amy Carter, MPSD Superintendent. “She goes above and beyond to ensure students are engaged and that learning is fun.”

“I am truly honored to be selected as the district teacher of the year,” said Mrs. West. “I am blessed to be recognized for something that brings great joy: teaching the next generation to love learning and pursue personal excellence through Chemistry and Physics at Meridian High.” 

 

2018 Teachers of the Year

 

Teachers of the Year pictured left to right: (front row) Clyde Owens, Magnolia; Rachel Albritton, Marion Park; Ashley Reed, T.J. Harris Lower; (middle row) Michelle West, MHS; Kim Hill, MHS Freshman Academy; Amanda Shadwick, Carver; Amy Burkes, West Hills; Pearlie Walker, T.J. Harris Upper; (back row) Dr. Amy Carter, Superintendent; Paul Lester, Northwest; Yolanda Davis, Parkview; Shelley Whittington, Poplar Springs; Janice Turnage, Oakland Heights; Jerlisa Jones, Crestwood.

The MPSD Teacher of the Year is chosen from those who represent their individual schools as Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the following 2017-18 Teachers of the Year for each school:

Teachers of the Year

 Carver Middle School: Amanda Shadwick

 Crestwood Elementary School: Jerlisa Jones

Oakland Heights Elementary School: Janice Turnage

Parkview Elementary School: Yolanda Davis

Poplar Springs Elementary School: Shelley Whittington

TJ Harris Upper Elementary School: Pearlie Walker

TJ Harris Lower Elementary School: Ashley Reed

West Hills Elementary School: Amy Burkes

Magnolia Middle School: Clyde Owens

Marion Park: Rachel Albritton

Northwest Middle School: Paul Lester

Meridian High School: Michelle West

Meridian High School Freshman Academy: Kim Hill

 

 

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