Teachers Reach High Mark

Virginia Brathwaite and Corinne Jordan are both 9th grade Technology Discovery teachers at Kate Griffin Junior High School in Meridian. Both are two of the most recent teachers in the state to receive national board certification.

"It's a very tedious process. I can't think of anything to compare it to," said Meridian Public Schools' interim superintendent Sylvia Autry.

Currently, 44 of the 486 teachers within the Meridian Public School District are nationally board certified. Although that might seem relatively low to some, given that the process takes almost a year and that Mississippi ranks 6th in the nation in terms of the number of nationally certified teachers, officials say as a whole, Mississippi is on track.

"I'm very proud of the teachers in Mississippi and the fact that we've increased the number of nationally board certified teachers by more than 400% over the last 4 years," said Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Aside from a $6,000 pay raise for the teachers, school officials say receiving national certification means a great deal not only to the teacher but to the school as a whole.

"When a teacher gets national board certification, it's a sign that they've passed the toughest task of all. That they are truly a master teacher," said Autry.

As Gov. Musgrove prepares to leave office in January, he says as during his term, education will remain one of his top priorities. In fact with two teenagers still in public school, Musgrove says when it comes to education he's committed to leaving his mark.