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South Jones Teacher awarded State Biology Teacher of the Year

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

South Jones High School Biology Teacher Abigail Warden will receive an award that has been a long time goal.

"State Biology Teacher of the Year. I will get an award at the National Convention for Biology Teachers," said Warden.

Two students, who were taught by Warden in the ninth grade, remember Warden going  the extra mile with all her students, making sure they excel inside and outside the classroom.

"She definitely gives the extra time. I know I can come to her for anything, and she is actually my senior high beta club sponsor. She is really like a second mom to everyone at the school," said South Jones Senior, Molly Marshall.

"She's a teacher, but she is also your friend. She will stay afterwards. She will help you. She really puts her whole effort into making a student successful," said South Jones Senior, Neal Steinwinder.

A former student nominated Warden for the State Biology Teacher Award. Warden says the accolade drives her to work harder.

"I was humbled because there is so much more I can still learn . So much more I can still do. It makes me want to work hard for the students," said Warden.

Warden remembers what sparked her love for science and desire to teach.

"I had a sixth grade teacher who was my science teacher that I really loved.  Her name was Mrs. Thomas. She was a really sweet lady," said Warden.

The student has become the teacher principals like Tommy Branch hope for.

"Her test scores are always great. Her kids are always very successful, and it doesn't matter what comes in, whether it's a top student or a lower student, she takes them and moves them forward," said South Jones Principal, Branch.

Warden says she will move forward by improving herself so her students can get all they deserve.

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