Mississippi State Teacher of the Year, 2012
As a professional development coordinator, Stacey provides a variety of professional development opportunities for special educators throughout the state. Before joining MDE in 2014, Stacey spent fifteen years working in early childhood and secondary special education. Her experiences range from classroom teacher to director of a childcare center. As a special educator, Stacey has taught students with a range of disabilities in inclusive and self-contained classrooms. She is passionate about helping students with disabilities achieve independence and full engagement in their communities. Stacey is the 2012-2013 Mississippi Teacher of the Year. She strongly believes in the power of teacher leadership and teacher voice. She is an active member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, the Council for Exceptional Children and the Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.