Starkville science teacher named state finalist for national award

Kenneth Peagler | Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Kenneth Peagler has been named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 10:15 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 10:50 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Starkville science teacher has been named a state finalist for a prestigious award.

Kenneth Peagler is among four state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The program honors teachers in mathematics and science, including computer science.

Peagler teaches at Starkville High School.

“Education is not about finding or creating the most rigorous and/or entertaining tasks,” he said. “Instead, it’s about building engaged students, who love to learn, who can take any task and will think, persevere, and exceed any goals set for them.”

The other three state finalists are:

Shani Bourn teaches science at Hancock High School, which is located along the Gulf Coast.

Paige Cobb teaches math at Pass Christian High School, which is also located along the Gulf Coast.

LeShundra Young teaches science at Germantown High School in Madison County, which is located near Jackson.

The program allows each state to select up to five state finalists in math and up to five state finalists in science.

One finalist in each subject area will be selected as the Presidential Awardee for the state.

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