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MPSD Names 2014-15 PBIS Teachers of the Year

Meridian Public School District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program Teachers of the Year for 2014-15 school year include: (pictured left to right)

front row – Beth Thrasher, Oakland Heights Elementary School; Mary Diltz, Meridian High School; Melanie Pittman, Carver Middle School; Evelyn Cole, Marion Park Alternative School;

middle row – Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent; Nicole Gamble, Crestwood Elementary School; Rachel Pomeroy, Poplar Springs Elementary School; Phyllis Collier, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School; Gwendolyn French, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School; LaMarshia Johnson, West Hills Elementary School; Beth Hill, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center;

back row – Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School; Rosie King, Northwest Middle School; and Howard Hagwood, MPSD PBIS Director.

 

During the August meeting of the Meridian Public School District Board of Trustees, 13 teachers were recognized for their outstanding implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program during the 2014-15 school year.

“We are especially proud to recognize the PBIS Teachers of the Year after receiving national recognition for the hard work of the teachers, counselors, PBIS coordinators, administrators, students, and parents,” said Dr. Amy Carter, MPSD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. “The PBIS Teachers of the Year consistently demonstrated the importance of creating a nurturing, student-friendly learning environment which creates a foundation for quality academic instruction.”

PBIS is a proactive approach to discipline that includes strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. The Meridian Public School District was recently recognized at the White House’s “Rethinking School Discipline” conference for successful results the District has achieved through the implementation of PBIS.

From the 2011-12 school year to the 2014-15 school year, the Meridian Public School District decreased exclusionary discipline by 50 percent and increased academic achievement by over 20 percent.

PBIS was initially introduced in the Meridian Public School District in the Spring of 2012. The program was partially implemented during the 2012-13 school year with full implementation including a new student Code of Conduct per the Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in the 2013-14 school year.

"We are fortunate to have dedicated faculty and staff who consistently support our students,” said Howard Hagwood, MPSD PBIS Director. “Favorable survey results from our stakeholders and substantial declines in exclusionary discipline indicate that our teachers are working to improve behavior support across the district. Going forward, we plan to build on our success and sustain the implementation of PBIS."

The MPSD PBIS Teachers of the Year were selected by the Discipline Administrative Teams at their school for going above and beyond what is required through PBIS and best exemplifying the characteristics of successful PBIS implementation.

“I am very proud of the PBIS Teachers of the Year for their excellent skills in classroom management and developing positive relationships with students,” said MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor. “These teachers symbolize what all educators should be striving toward.”

In addition to special recognition at the most recent meeting of the MPSD Board of Trustees, the PBIS Teachers of the Year will receive a monetary incentive through job embedded professional development. MPSD is one of very few districts in the state of Mississippi that hosts a monetary incentive program for high performing teachers and administrators. This incentive program is made possible through job embedded professional development and funded by the school district, MPSD Federal Programs, and The Phil Hardin Foundation.

The PBIS Teachers of the Year for the 2014-15 school year are as follows:

Nicole Gamble, Crestwood Elementary School

Phyllis Collier, Harris Lower Elementary School

Gwendolyn French, Harris Upper Elementary School

Yolanda Davis, Parkview Elementary School

Rachel Pomeroy, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Beth Thrasher, Oakland Heights Elementary School

LaMareshia Johnson, West Hills Elementary School

Melanie Pittman, Carver Middle School

Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School

Rosie King, Northwest Middle School

Mary Diltz, Meridian High School

Evelyn Cole, Marion Park Alternative School

Beth Hill, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center

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