- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education says a Gautier teacher is the 2016 Mississippi Teacher of the Year.

WLOX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1T82FT7 ) Jodi McKenzie, a 10th grade English teacher at Gautier High School, will represent Mississippi in the National Teacher of the Year competition and be recognized during a ceremony at the White House.

McKenzie, who has been teaching for 12 years, is described as a passionate teacher who strives to help her students realize their dreams. She is chair of the English department, serves as student council sponsor and is a member of the building leadership team.

McKenzie is currently working on a project with Excel by 5 to help prepare teen mothers for parenthood and to develop a supply closet at school to provide food, clothes and toiletries for students.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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