JPS Geography Crusader Named 2019 Mississippi Geographic Alliance Travel Fellow
February 22, 2019
Sylvia Leggette of Jackson Public Schools has been named a 2019 Travel Fellow of the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. She will travel to Ethiopia with the Global Exploration for Educators Organization. The non-profit is dedicated to showing teachers the world and helping them share their experiences with students and colleagues when they return.
From her expedition, Leggette hopes to bring back lesson plans on the amazing lifework of John C. Robinson. Robinson was an African American aviator who fought with the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force against Fascist Italy in the 1930s. He was also considered the father of the Tuskegee Airmen for his contributions to the aviation programs he began at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in the early 1940s.
Leggette is a true crusader for geography education in the Jackson Public School District. She helped to establish a National Geographic Society partnership that launched in JPS in the fall of 2018. The project includes professional development for teachers and resources for middle school classrooms.
Leggette has worked in the Jackson Public School District in numerous capacities for 20 years including as a Technology Resource Specialist, a Grants Manager, and a Library Media Specialist. She is currently the Instructional Technology Specialist for the district. She is a Teacher Consultant with the Mississippi Geographic Alliance, a member of the MGA Steering Committee, a Google Certified Educator, a Master Teacher of Economics and Entrepreneurship, A National Geographic Certified Educator, and a member of the editorial board for the national journal, The Geography Teacher.
The Mississippi Geographic Alliance aims to increase the use of geospatial technologies in Mississippi classrooms by giving teacher leaders the knowledge needed to start building more technological capacity at the state level.