Teachers earn advanced degrees
The Marshall County School District had nine teachers to complete advanced degrees or special degrees this summer, according to Jerry Moore, instructional services director for the district.
Those include five teachers who earned master’s or special degrees above the master's level from Union University in Tennessee.
Ann Endicott (special populations director), Lisa Looney (Mary Reid School) and Colet Pierce (H.W. Byers) received special degrees, and Summer Pannell (Byhalia High School) and Cary Skelton (Byhalia High School) received master’s degrees.
Also getting advanced degrees are Beverly Farr (Mary Reid), Cana Minor (Mary Reid), Tana Miller (Potts Camp School) and Omega Simmons (H.W. Byers).
Moore said half the teachers in the county schools have higher degrees and 70 percent have endorsements in more than one content area. Fifteen teachers are certified with the National Board, which is high for most districts, he said.
The last four years, the county school district has pushed teachers to become National Board certified and teachers are encouraged to take the exam. The district pays for entrance fees for the program, Moore said.
“The encouragement has obviously been working,” Moore said. “I am extremely proud of them. Hopefully, this trend will continue.”
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