PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A Petal teacher has been named Mississippi Teacher of The Year.
Luke Daniels, a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Petal Upper Elementary School in the Petal School District, was nominated by his school district earlier this year, and received the accolade Friday afternoon.
The Mississippi Teacher of the Year program recognizes exemplary teachers in the state. The award recipient also receives a $5,000 stipend and will share expertise through various presentations and activities. Daniels will represent Mississippi in the National Teacher of the Year competition. In addition, he will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet the President and First Lady and will participate in a Rose Garden recognition ceremony at the White House.
According to a news release issued by the Mississippi Department of Education, Daniels aims to go beyond teaching numbers, procedures and facts to students. He wants his students to explore the wonders of math in real-world scenarios and to gain a basic understanding of math principles to boost their confidence. Daniels has used his influence to grow the students in his class and in his colleagues' classes.
"I love giving students, who have never experienced it, a taste of success. Success is addictive, so it is of paramount importance that we help every student, even if only in a small way, experience it. Once the snowball starts rolling, it's impossible to stop," Daniels said.
Dr. Jessica Broome, principal of Pearl Junior High School in the Pearl Public School District, was also selected as the 2017 Mississippi Administrator of the Year (MAOY).