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Teacher of the Year
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Monday, November 04, 2019
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Ms. Latondra Ward

Teacher of the Year

Ms. Latondra Ward has been named Teacher of the Year at Ruleville Central Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Ward completed her formal education at West Tallahatchie High School in 1997.  After graduating from high school, she received her Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Mississippi Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Delta State University. Later, she received her Master of Arts Degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. She also received her Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development from Walden University. She is a member of Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE). She is currently working on her National Board Certification. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

She started teaching at Ruleville Central Elementary School in August 2004.  She taught kindergarten for ten years. This is her sixth year as a first grade teacher. She is the School Test Coordinator, department chair for first grade, and a mentor. She is also a member of the School Leadership Team.  As an adolescent, Ms. Ward always visualized about becoming a teacher because of the great teachers she had growing up. She always wanted to impact children the way her teachers had impacted her by making learning fun and exciting. Her teachers gave her the desire to learn and challenged her at the same time so she could reach her full potential. She always wanted to share that same experience with others especially younger children. Ms. Ward was motivated to become a teacher so she could teach children as well as challenge them to reach their full potential through hard work and determination.

Ms. Ward said being a teacher has filled her entire life with love that continues to increase over time. She loves teaching children and making a positive impact in their lives. She is thankful that she can use her passion in the classroom and outside the classroom on a daily basis. She stated that her greatest accomplishments in education occur when she sees students who were failing, but finds success before the end of the school year. This success gives the students a thirst for achievement that then transfers to every aspect of their lives. She considers it the greatest compliment when her students and former students tell her how much they learned from been in her classroom. She is thrilled to see them excel in academics knowing that their desire for success is due to her assistance as their teacher.  She also gets excited when parents tell her how much their children are learning/have learned through her methods of teaching.

Ms. Ward believes that a teacher’s strong positive connection with students is vital to their academic success. When students feel that their teachers are genuinely invested in their progress, they become willing to capitalize in themselves and take ownership of their educational efforts. Teaching is an opportunity and calling to inspire every student through equity, varied inspiring activities, and life skills.  

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