HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA) - An Okolona kindergarten teacher is the “Mississippi Rural Teacher of the Year.”
La’Keshia Johnson received the inaugural award during a ceremony on March 5 by the Program for Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS).
PREPS is headquartered at William Carey University.
“This year, we introduced the rural teacher award to celebrate educators who are in smaller schools and communities – people who have a passion for teaching, learning and making a difference,” Executive Director Dr. Chuck Benigno said.
Johnson is a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi.
“My goal is to be known as a teacher who inspires her students to become more than they ever imagined they could be,” Johnson said. “To cultivate, support, and inspire lifelong learners; to be a light and example to my students; to show each student his or her potential by partnering with school, home, and community.”