West Jackson Educators Receive Top Awards

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Over the past few weeks, two outstanding staff members from the Jackson Public School District were recognized for their leadership and commitment to education.

Earlier this month, JPS announced Pecan Park Elementary Principal Wanda Quon as the district’s 2014 Administrator of the Year. Pecan Park students helped celebrate her accomplishment by making signs to show how much they appreciate her hard work. Ms. Quon has served as a school administrator for nearly 30 years and under her leadership, Pecan Park has received national, state, and local attention for innovations in exercise and nutrition programs. Some highlights of these honors include:

2013–2014: Quon named a Community Trust Hero for programs that benefit the community
2009–2010: School hosts visit from first lady Michelle Obama as part of her Let’s Move! Campaign; students invited to White House Easter Egg Roll; Quon named KaBOOM! Play-Maker of the month for January
2008–2009, School presented Community Champion Award from the United States Surgeon General
2005–2006, Pecan Park is the first school in JPS to build a KaBOOM! playground

Congratulations Principal Quon!

Last week, Jim Hill High School held a school-wide assembly for a surprise announcement for one of their teachers. Tracee Thompson, an English teacher at Jim Hill, was honored with the 2014 Milken Educator Award. Along with the award, she received a check for $25,000 to spend at will.

The prestigious Milken award recognizes K-12 educators for teaching excellence. Only 100 teachers nationwide receive the award each year. The selection process is secret and honorees are selected by state education departments based on educational talent, contributions to the profession, potential for leadership, and other factors.

Congratulations Ms. Tracee Thompson!

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