- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - New Albany High School English teacher Mary Margarett King has been selected as Mississippi’s Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education and the Mississippi Teacher Center.

King has spent her entire nine-year teaching career at her alma mater, where she teaches juniors and seniors.

King also will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition in Washington D.C.

Gulfport High School Principal Michael Lindsey also was recognized on Wednesday as the Mississippi Administrator of the Year.

Lindsey is in his eighth year of leading Gulfport High. Lindsey began his teaching career in Natchez, where he was also a baseball coach. He came to the Gulfport district 13 years ago as a coach.

King and Lindsey were honored Wednesday in Jackson.