LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Teachers in the Laurel School District had an opportunity Monday to learn more about professional development featuring Kennedy Center Teacher award recipient Donna Porter.
Porter, who teaches at Picayune Memorial High School, received the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award in 2007 after being nominated by her former student, D.J. Baptiste.
A former gang leader, Baptiste says his life was changed by Porter. "I tried to cause trouble. I really just wanted attention, and she knew that," said Baptiste.