HPSD teachers recognized for student growth

HPSD teachers recognized for student growth

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 20 teachers were recognized Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Public School District's second annual "High Flyers" ceremony.

The teachers were recognized for helping students achieve growth on state tests, specifically in the top two performance categories as well as those who moved students across two proficiency band in one school year.

'I tell them when they come to my classroom, learning is not optional," said fourth grade math and science teacher Cynthia Williams. "You will get what you need to get, regardless of what's going on at home, regardless of what happened last year."

Williams, who is a teacher at Hawkins Elementary, had 82 percent of her students score proficient or advanced in math.

Other teachers recognized for their students scoring proficient/advanced were:

  • Karen Coney, Grace Christian Elementary
  • Jameica Wilson, Grace Christian
  • Angelique Mason, N.R. Burger Middle
  • April Daniels, Woodley Elementary
  • Durnita Williams, Hattiesburg High
  • Tonya Lawrence, Thames Elementary

HPSD Superintendent James Bacchus said that while these teachers recognized are excelling in the classroom, it is also important for parents to remain a vital role in their students' lives.

"My message to the parents is to continue to send their children and to continue to hold high expectations for them because we have teachers here that care, and we have teachers that really are going to get the most out of their children," said Bacchus.

Teachers who received awards for growth were:

  • Dr. Deffene Beverly-Curtis, Grace Christian
  • Chaquita Roberts, Rowan Elementary
  • Kiwana Norman, Lillie Burney/Thames Elementary
  • Denalda Pittman, Woodley Elementary
  • Valeria Smith, Hawkins Elementary
  • Kerry Sumner, Rowan
  • Gloria Posey, Thames

A group of teachers was also recognized as being the "most effective." Those teachers included:

  • Sandy Santora, N.R. Burger
  • Dr. Deffene Beverly-Curtis, Grace Christian
  • Jennifer Dixon, Rowan
  • Yolanda Paylor, N.R. Burger
  • Massandra Griffin, Hawkins
  • Shondra Mason-Patton, N.R. Burger
  • Cynthia Williams, Hawkins
  • Karen Coney, Grace Christian
  • Jameica Wilson, Grace Christian