By Janie Guyton Shields
Mississippi University for Women
COLUMBUS – Four educators were inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers last week during a ceremony held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
This year’s inductees include Tupelo teachers Holly M. Bailey and Erin Hall, Amory’s Kristy Cornelius and Columbus’s Dawn Barham.
The Mississippi Hall of Master Teachers, which now includes 129 members, was established in 1991 to recognize educators for their excellence to teaching. To be eligible, teachers must have at least 15 years of teaching experience, including at least seven years of teaching in Mississippi schools.
The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Institute for New Teachers, which was initiated in 1993 to advise and encourage beginning teachers.
The recipients were judged on the basis of their educational leadership, contributions to curriculum and course development, professional activities, teaching philosophy and influence on students and other teachers and their involvement in extracurricular activities.
Bailey has been a science teacher at Tupelo Middle School for 21 years and is a National Board certified teacher specializing in early adolescent science. Most recently, Bailey was the 2013 Mentor Teacher of the Year at MUW.
Now in her 22nd year of teaching, Hall is a third-grade special education teacher at Pierce Street Elementary School in Tupelo. Cornelius teaches third grade at East Amory Elementary School and is in her 17th year of teaching. Barham teaches music at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.