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MPSD Announces 2015-16 Administrator & Teacher of the Year back button

Barbara Young, Principal of Oakland Heights Elementary School, will represent the Meridian Public School District as 2015-16 Administrator of the Year, and Rhonda Burrage, math instructor at Magnolia Middle School, will represent MPSD as 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.

MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor (left) presents Oakland Heights Elementary School Principal Barbara Young (right) with the 2015-16 Administrator of the Year Award.

With 29 years of experience in education, MPSD Administrator of the Year Barbara Young has served in many roles as an educator including teacher assistant, teacher, lead teacher, and principal. In her fourth year as Principal of Oakland Heights Elementary School, Young has served all but one of her 29 years at Oakland Heights.   

Under Ms. Young’s leadership, Oakland Heights Elementary School was recognized by the Mississippi Department of Education as a “Champion of Change” for being a High Progress School. High Progress status is awarded to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps among students.

In addition, Young helped lead 98 percent of third grade students at Oakland Heights Elementary to pass the new Third Grade Gateway Assessment.

“Ms. Young's accomplishments and dedication to her students, parents, teachers, and district over the last 12 months make her selection as Administrator of the Year a joyous effort,” said Dr. Alvin Taylor, MPSD Superintendent.

Young holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University as well as Masters and Specialist degrees in Instructional Leadership from the University of West Alabama.



MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor (left) presents Magnolia Middle School Math Teacher Rhonda Burrage (right) with the 2015-16 MPSD Teacher of the Year Award.

The 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Rhonda Burrage teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at Magnolia Middle School, and she has been on the MPSD Top 20 teacher list for the past four years. Her previous state assessment scores show that 100% of her students passed the Algebra I assessment. She serves as the Math Department Chair for Magnolia Middle School, Recorder on the school’s Leadership Team, and has previously served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. Burrage has three consecutive years of perfect attendance, and she was recently recognized as the October 2015 Golden Apple Award Winner.

Burrage holds a Master’s Degree and has six years of teaching experience.

“I am pleased to be able to honor hard working teachers and administrators, and Ms. Young and Ms. Burrage are extremely deserving of this distinction,” said Taylor.

The MPSD Teacher of the Year is chosen from those who represent their individual schools as Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to the following 2015-16 Teachers of the Year for each school:

Carver Middle School - Jacob Drury

Crestwood Elementary School – Jerlisa Jones

Magnolia Middle School – Rhonda Burrage

Marion Park Alternative School – James Harrison

Meridian High School – Jayne Walker

Northwest Middle School – Kristin Warren

Oakland Heights Elementary School - Taiesha Young

Parkview Elementary School – Kelly McVay

Poplar Springs Elementary School – Heather Pouncey

Ross Collins Career and Technical Center – Terkita Kennedy

T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School – Phyllis Collier

T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School – Roxie Smith

West Hills Elementary School – Betty Campbell


Congratulations to these outstanding educators! 




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