Inaugural Mississippi Excellence in Education Awards Gala a huge success!

EDUCATORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT:  Receiving recognition at the Mississippi Association of Educators’ Inaugural Excellence in Education Awards Gala in Jackson on March 2 were, from left, Marshall Ramsey, Vickie McAnally, Lisa Shaw, Heather Farrell, Dr. Pamela Bracey, Colbry Latham, Jessica Branning, Woodrow Price, Jennifer Bourbonais and Howard Savage.


JACKSON, MS – Friday night, March 2, was a truly magical evening as the Mississippi Association of Educators, and our sponsors, honored educators from across the state and celebrated the education profession during the inaugural Mississippi Excellence in Education Awards Gala held at the Jackson Convention Center.

Over 300 educators, education enthusiasts, family members and friends attended the black-tie event that featured a moving presentation by Donna & DJ, a former Picayune High School speech teacher and her student who worked together to give him the future he deserved.

Awardees received their recognition as MAE Board members and others read aloud the words that had been written about them by those who had nominated them for the awards. There were over 80 individual nominations received  with ten winners. Also honored during the event were four individuals whose work to promote the Read Across Mississippi program is considered worthy of recognition and emulation.

The individuals recognized were nationally syndicated cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, Friend of Education Award; Howard Savage, Excellence in Education Administrator Award, Quitman School District; Jennifer E. Bourbonais, Excellence in Education Elementary Teacher Award, Overpark Elementary School; Lisa Shaw, Excellence in Education Middle School Teacher Award, Olde Towne Middle School; Heather Ferrell, Excellence in Education High School Teacher Award, New Albany High School; Colbry Lathan, Excellence in Education, Education Support Professional (ESP) Award, Okolona High School; Dr. Pamela Bracey, Excellence in Education Higher Education Award, Mississippi State University; Jessica Branning, Excellence in Education Teaching Inspiration Award, Union Middle School; Vickie McAnally, Excellence in Education Teaching Inspiration Award, Rankin Elementary School; and Woodrow Price III, Excellence in Education President’s Award, Sherman Avenue Elementary School.

Winners of the Read Across Mississippi Awards were Suzanne Smith of Grenada; Bakari Shead and the Greenville Association of Educators; Pamela McLendon, former teacher at Leaf Elementary School; and Damon Hoskins of John Hopkins Elementary in Jackson.

Saturday was action-packed as well!

We hosted the annual Representative Assembly, an Aspiring Educators (college education majors) Conference, Early Career Educators (those in the education profession from 0-5 years) Conference, and Retired Educators Conference…all on the same day! Attorney General Jim Hood was keynote speaker for the RA and also addressed the Retired Educators.


MAE staffers were honored to serve those who give their all to prepare our future generations! We are already planning for next year’s event!