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Four JPS Educators Join MDE Teacher Council

August 26, 2019

The Mississippi Department of Education announced in August that it has added nearly 200 experienced and highly regarded professionals to serve on the Mississippi Teacher Council (MTC). Among them are four teachers from JPS elementary schools. Tamora McConnell of Power APAC, Margaret Price of Galloway, Dr. Doris Stocks of Isable and Dorothy Straughter of Van Winkle joined the MTC in 2019-2020.

Tamora McConnell Margaret Price Dorothy Stocks Dorothy Straughter
Tamora McConnell Margaret Price Dorothy Stocks Dorothy Straughter

McConnell is a product of JPS and a graduate of Murrah High School. She is in her ninth year of teaching. Having served the first five years of her career in other districts, she is celebrating her fourth year in JPS. She has taught every subject in fourth grade and spent the past four years as a fifth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Power APAC. 

Like McConnell, Price is a graduate of Murrah High School in JPS. She earned a master's degree in education from Mississippi College. She has been a National Board Certified teacher since 2003. For the last year, she served on JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene's Teacher Advisory Committee. In 2018-2019, she was named the Galloway Elementary Teacher of the Year and was selected by the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce as a Metro Area outstanding educator.

Dr. Stocks has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision and a Doctorate degree in Early Childhood Education. She completed all three degrees at Jackson State University. She has been an educator for 20-plus years and has taught first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.

Straughter is a fifth-grade math teacher at Van Winkle Elementary. She began her career as an assistant at G.N. Smith Elementary before becoming a teacher at Galloway Elementary where she taught for more than 10 years. She completed Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degrees from Mississippi College. Among her many accomplishments, Straughter was named a Teach Plus Mississippi Teaching Policy fellow in 2018.

Formed in 2016, the MTC now has 381 members representing schools across the state. This council provides feedback to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, on the initiatives of the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi State Legislature. Wright meets with teachers quarterly in different regions of the state. The MTC aims to empower teachers to discuss topics critical to their success in the classroom and how MDE can assist.

"We have representation from urban and rural districts in every region of the state, and I look forward to hearing teachers' invaluable insights that could improve MDE initiatives. Additionally, the MTC will provide a venue for teachers to become advocates for their students and their profession through input into the decision-making process," Wright said.

Source: MDE Announces New Members of the Mississippi Teacher Council