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MDE Schedules First Virtual Mississippi Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year Ceremony

JACKSON, Miss. –  The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Teaching and Leading set the first virtual ceremony for Mississippi Teacher of the Year and Mississippi Administrator of the Year to recognize top educators. The program, originally scheduled for the spring, was postponed as a result of closures because of COVID-19.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on Thursday, July 23, at 4 p.m. and will feature the four finalists in each category. Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, will announce the winners.

The Mississippi Administrator of the Year program honors an administrator who demonstrates superior ability to inspire teachers, to employ exemplary leadership practices and to participate as an active member of the community. The Mississippi Teacher of the Year program recognizes exemplary teachers in the state who inspire students, demonstrate leadership both inside and outside the classroom and serve as an active members of the community.

The finalists for Administrator of the Year are:

  • First Congressional District – Keri Jo Sapp, principal of Bramlett Elementary, Oxford School District

  • Second Congressional District – Brenda Singleton, principal of Inverness Elementary, Sunflower County Consolidated School District

  • Third Congressional District –  Debra Houghton, principal of Mannsdale Upper Elementary, Madison County School District

  • Fourth Congressional District – Kiana Pendleton, principal of Laurel Magnet School of the Arts, Laurel School District

The finalists for Teacher of the Year are:

  • First Congressional District – Sarah Robinson, 9th grade Biology and Pre-AP Biology teacher at Oxford High School

  • Second Congressional District – Mina Darnell, 11th grade Honors Mathematics teacher at Clinton High School

  • Third Congressional District – April Lang, 9th-11th grade Mathematics teacher at Forest High School

  • Fourth Congressional District – Benjamin Austin, 9th and 10th grade Social Studies teacher at Petal High School

View the live stream on July 23 at .

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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