JCJC's Meeks, Teacher of the Year
|Teresa McCreery, Director of Media & Public Relations
ELLISVILLE, Miss. - For the last 16 years, JCJC English instructor, Missie Meeks has been teaching students English and Composition. For most of that time, she has incorporated technology, which she believes has enhanced learning. Meeks recently shared her strategies, outcomes and technology used in the classroom to build students’ composition skills in a presentation hosted by the Mississippi Humanities Council. The Ellisville native was recently honored as Mississippi Humanities Council’s Teacher of the Year, representing JCJC. The MHC honors Humanities instructors from the state’s community colleges and universities in an effort to showcase the knowledge of Mississippi’s teachers, according to MHC program officer, Caroline Gillespie.
“I am very humbled to be chosen for this honor and feel privileged to share my technology tips to inspire other educators to find innovative ways to use technology in their classroom to engage students and prepare students for the workforce,” said Meeks.
In recognition of being JCJC’s Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, Meeks will be honored in Jackson at a banquet where she will receive a cash award and a plaque.
Meeks is a graduate of South Jones, JCJC and USM, and she earned her Masters of Education degree from William Carey University. Last year, she was designated as the Advisement Coordinator for the Humanities Department at JCJC. She is the sponsor for the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society chapter at JCJC and a member of the Two-Year College English Association. In addition to her professional work, for the last six years, Meeks has coordinated JCJC’s Kids’ College, which is a week-long summer camp for children under 12 years of age. She was honored in 2010 as a Mississippi Lamplighter for Outstanding Teachers. In 2011, Meeks was also honored with the Barbara and Gary Sauls Humanities Award and in 2012 she received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Work and College Service at JCJC.