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June 23, 2013

Tabereaux wins MSU Distinguished Staff Award

MERIDIAN — Charlotte B. Tabereaux, Ph.D., education director at the MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, has won a Mississippi State University 2013 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award.

    The MSU Staff Council recognizes 12 winners each year, half from the university’s professional staff and half from the support staff. Each honoree receives a plaque and $1,000. Award criteria include professionalism, expertise, dedication to MSU, outstanding accomplishments, and participation in service projects.

    The MSU Riley Center, a restored Victorian showplace in historic downtown Meridian, is widely known as a performing-arts and conference venue. But its mission also includes a strong educational mandate. Dr. Tabereaux oversees the educational programs.

    Each year, she coordinates the visits of more than 12,000 students, kindergarten through 12th grade, for live theater productions. She creates study guides and other teacher resources for each performance and facilitates workshops to help teachers use the arts as a tool for learning.

    Tabereaux also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as an MSU adjunct professor.

    “I was lucky to get to be her education intern for over a year,” said MSU-Meridian student Elizabeth Hamilton, who nominated Tabereaux. “She taught me so many skills that I will use as a teacher, and she has inspired me as well.”

    Tabereaux has received many other awards, including recognition by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women as 2008 Outstanding Professional Woman. She received national recognition for her arts education efforts last year when she was named to a three-year term on the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Advisory Committee.

    After teaching English, speech, and drama for 20 years, Tabereaux worked in school administration for 10 years. In 2002, she received a doctorate in Education Administration from MSU. She co-authored a book, Learning to Read Through the Arts, K-2, that was published in 2003.

    Tabereaux has been very active in her community. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education and has been president and executive director of the organization. She was recently named to the board of the United Way of East Mississippi.

    She is an exceptional educator and lifelong learner,” said Hamilton, “who infuses her training, experience, and passion into every dimension of her work and is a model for 21st-century educators.”

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