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George Washington Carver Middle School language arts instructor Angie White is among six teachers statewide honored by Mississippi Power Company with the Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award.
The highly coveted awards have been presented annually to six outstanding teachers in grades K-12 from schools in Mississippi Power's 23-county service territory since 1990. The award is named for the late Alan R. Barton, president of Mississippi Power Company from 1980-1989.
"South Mississippi has some of the most dedicated and hardworking teachers in the nation, and we're honored to recognize these amazing educators who epitomize educational excellence," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland.
"Teaches shoulder a very important responsibility by helping our children maximize their potential every day. Because of them, students strive for success making our communities better places to live and learn," Holland said.
Educational research clearly documents that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school determinant of student success. Students who have effective teachers make significant gains in learning; students who have ineffective teachers fail to make significant gains in learning. What teachers know and can do determines what children learn.
Nomination information for the Alan R. Barton Excellence in Teaching Award is mailed to principals in October and nominations, which are limited to one per school, are due December. Winners are announced in January. The award includes $3,000 for the teacher, and $3,000 to be used at the teacher's discretion for supplies, equipment, and/or professional development. Since 1984, when Barton founded the Mississippi Power Education Foundation, newly merged with the Mississippi Power Foundation, the company has supported excellence in education throughout its service area by awarding more than $8.6 million in grants and awards to teachers, schools, school systems and educational projects.
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