Pecan Park Principal Honored as Practitioner of Distinction
June 14, 2019
The University of Mississippi School of Education honored Pecan Park Elementary Principal Wanda Quon as a Practitioner of Distinction during a recent awards ceremony. Quon was one of four School of Education alumni selected for the honor, held by only 12 elite educators as of 2019. The Practitioner of Distinction Award was created to recognize current practitioners in teaching, leadership, counseling and higher education. Each recipient has demonstrated exemplary and measurable impact within the profession. Practitioners of Distinction honorees were selected by the University of Mississippi's School of Education Alumni Advisory Board through nominations made by the School of Education community.
"Ole Miss challenged me," Quon said. "It made me step out of my comfort zone. When you're challenged like that you see your strengths and also your limitations. I learned how to cope with my limitations, which prepared me for the future."
Quon received her bachelor's degree from Ole Miss in 1974. As principal of Pecan Park Elementary School, she led her school from a D rating to a B rating in recent years. She has worked to encourage health and fitness in her students by leading a fundraiser with 200 volunteers that built a playground in one day and partnered with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation to build a walking track on campus. Because of her health and fitness efforts, Quon's school was the first Jackson Public School to be visited by Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Pecan Park Elementary School students were later invited to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll.
The 2019 Practitioners of Distinction include (from left) Jamil Northcutt, Vice Pres., Major Soccer League, West Orange, New Jersey; Wanda Quon, Principal, Pecan Park Elementary; David Rock, Dean, University of Mississippi School of Education; Angela Victory, Teacher, New Albany Elementary School, New Albany, Mississippi; and Adam Pugh, Superintendent, Lafayette County School District, Oxford, Mississippi.