MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students and teachers gathered at Magnolia Middle School to celebrate a recent recognition by the Mississippi Department of Education.
But first, a surprise – the Administrator of the Year was announced and it’s the school’s principal, Angela McQuarley.
“She exhibits qualities such as champion of children, she keeps the interest in the needs of the children first, she’s been able to build a collective and a collaborative team here at Magnolia, the teachers are vested in excellence, the students are, and the community loves the work that’s taking place,” says Dr. Amy Carter, the superintendent for the Meridian Public School District.
McQuarley’s family was there to surprise her. She says she was overwhelmed and speechless when she found out she had won the award.
“We at Magnolia, really, really strive to do the very best here at the school,” McQuarley says. “I always say and I always tell the teachers that it’s not just about me, it’s about them as well, and it’s also about the students.”
Magnolia Middle School was named a 'Successful' school by the MDE due to 2018 state test results.
“This recognition means that our students are on the path of being recognized and celebrated for high performance,” Dr. Carter says. “Ms. McQuarley has challenged them to continue to strive for excellence and we’re super excited about the work that’s taking place.”
Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter says that all the schools in the district are striving to one day be named 'Successful' as well.
“We continue to make certain that our administrators are focused on supporting the classroom teachers; that our students understand the standards that are put before them, and that our families know the importance of continuing to work with us as we move our schools forward.”