MS Teacher Advisory Council

MS Teacher Advisory Council
Posted on 08/18/2021

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education
Office of Communications & Government Relations  
Jean Cook, APR, Director of Communication | 601-359-3515 | jcook@mdek12.org 


NEWS RELEASE 
For Immediate Release: August 18, 2021

MDE Announces New Members of the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) announced today the addition of 49 experienced and highly regarded professionals from across the state to serve on the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council (MTAC). Included are Lafayette's Penelope Allen and Christina Hill. Allen is a sixth grade teacher at Lafayette Upper Elementary, and Hill is a second grade teacher at Lafayette Lower Elementary.


The MTAC, formed in 2016, now includes 300 educators representing schools in urban and rural settings and an array of content areas, including general education, arts, special education and career and technical education.
The purpose of the MTAC is to provide feedback to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, on the initiatives of the MDE, the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi State Legislature. Wright meets with teachers regularly. The MTAC aims to empower teachers to discuss topics critical to their success in the classroom and how MDE can assist.

“Hearing directly from teachers about their classroom experiences has helped me set priorities and has informed statewide decisions about policy, resources and professional development,” Wright said. “I look forward to meeting our new members and continuing to work collaboratively with all teachers on the council on behalf of Mississippi students.”