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Jim Hill Teacher Recognized for Excellence by the Best of Mississippi Awards

February 4, 2021

Korian Padgett
Korian Padgett of Jim Hill was named Teacher of the Year by the Best of Mississippi Awards 2020.

Jim Hill teacher Korian Padgett was named Teacher of the Year 2020 by the Best of Mississippi Awards. The Biloxi native and his wife transferred to Jackson about four years ago. Padgett's impact at Jim Hill High School was almost immediate. In his first year as the ACT Prep teacher at the school, ACT test scores were higher than they had been in the three years prior to his joining the faculty. In addition to teaching, he coaches multiple sports, including track and field, cross country, and golf. Padgett started his teaching career in Biloxi Public Schools where he served for four years before moving to the Metro.

"I'm not even ten years into my career, and I'm walking among greats here at Jim Hill," said Padgett. "To be nominated and then to win the award is truly a blessing."

Business Empowered Mississippi presents the Best of Mississippi Awards to honor individuals who are making a difference in communities across the state. Awards are presented in the areas of education, health, business, faith, finance, government, media, family, and entertainment. The Best of Mississippi Awards raises funds for the organization's foundation arm which has a mission of providing resources to black-owned businesses in urban areas around the world.