Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Dorothy Thomas, math teacher at Pontotoc High School, as Pontotoc City School District Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Thomas has taught in the Pontotoc City School District since 2008 and has 20 years experience in education. She is a National Board Certified teacher and recently earned a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Thomas believes “outstanding teachers hold high expectations for their students, use assessment data to improve their teaching, and treat their students with respect.” We join her family Tracy, DeAshyland, and Rhandi in wishing her success in the state competition.
1st Alternate: Georgia Akers
2nd Alternate: Georgia Claire Campbell
3rd Alternate: Kirklyn Finney
4th Alternate: Blair Swain
Friday, December 4: Biology
Monday, December 7: US History
Tuesday, December 8: Algebra I
Wednesday, December 9: English II
Thursday, December 10: Writing
Dorothy Thomas teaches Algebra 1 and foundations of Algebra. She is committed to helping students reach higher levels of learning, and she believes that learning is a priority, a need, and a desire.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Mississippi Valley State University. She later received a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Mississippi. She received her education specialist in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi. Thomas is a National Board Certified Teacher of early adolescent mathematics. She is serving on the Standards Review Committee that will make recommendations to the Board on the state’s academic standards. She is a member of the Mississippi Professional Educators, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The Pontotoc High School cheerleaders recently attended UCA cheerleading camp at the University of Mississippi. The received superior ratings in sideline, extreme routine, and cheer evaluations. They were rewarded with spirit sticks each day for their superior spirit. They also received a trophy for second place overall cheer in game day evaluation and a trophy for superior squad. Kashae Knox received a trophy for overall best mascot and she made the All American team. Kaitlyn Passmore also made the All American Team.
Meredith McCullar was selected for the pin it forward from our squad. She was picked because She showed leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness, and motivation! She received two pins and she picked someone from another team who she thought showed the same qualities, and gave her the other!