As students return to the classroom and teachers begin a new school year unlike any other, the Corinth Rotary Club is recognizing some of the brightest stars through their annual awards.
The club recently honored Corinth High School history and government teacher Charles “Chuck” Carpenter and Corinth Middle School seventh grade science teacher Martha Tallent as their Star Teachers from the Corinth School District.
The annual awards, normally presented each year at a special meeting of the club, were instead presented to each teacher at their schools due to restrictions on meetings related to the pandemic.
Carpenter is both a veteran teacher, and an actual veteran. An educator for almost 22 years, he served in the US Army infantry from March of 1987 to 1994, working as a platoon radio operator, a nuclear, biological and chemical platoon specialist and an assistant platoon later and was also stationed in Ashaffenbourg, Germany to attend expert infantry school.
He holds an associate of arts degree from Gordon College, a bachelor’s of science in public administration from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership, which he completed magna cum laude, from Freed-Hardeman University.
He began his education career in 1998 teaching Mississippi Studies, Geography and US History at HW Byers Attendance Center, before later moving to Kossuth Middle School where he taught seventh grade math and coached seventh and eighth grade girls basketball, leading the eighth graders to a win in 2000-01 Alcorn County Tournament.
He became a Warrior in 2001 and has taught numerous classes at CHS including US History, Advanced Placement US History, Cambridge AICE US History, Cambridge AICE Global Perspectives, US Government and Economic, US Government and Cambridge AICE Economics.
He’s also been a leader outside of the classroom, holding posts including chair of the social studies department, a member of the CHS Leadership Team, sponsor of the student council, school-wide election coordinator and director of the annual homecoming parade and activities.
He founded the CHS Historical Society and served as sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for many years. He’s also been recognized for holding leadership roles at the state level with work on the Mississippi Department of Education Item and Data Review Committee for MSATP US History from 2004-2012 and helping develop the curriculum frameworks for eighth grade US History.
Carpenter has been honored as STAR teacher for the 2006-7 and 2012-13 school years and was the Corinth School District Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2004-5.
“Chuck is humbled to have been selected as the Corinth High School Teacher of the Year for 2019-20. It has been a different year with circumstances that we could have never anticipated. Through these difficult times, he pushed forward in teaching as well as trying to encourage his students. He loves the Corinth School District and is so proud of the advancements we have made as a school and district, even amidst a global pandemic. He is very thankful to have received this award – thankful to his co-workers, administrators, family, and above all, his students,” stated the nomination letter for his rotary award.
Tallent is also an experienced educator who has put her talents to use as leader in and out of the classroom.
“Martha is always willing to go above and beyond both in and out of the classroom. Her peers selected her to represent Corinth Middle School and the reward is very much deserved,” said her nomination letter for her award.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BS in Earth Space Science, she began her career in the classroom as member of the Teach for America Corps in Dallas/Fort Worth and was honored by being selected as education fellow at the Teaching Trust Program of Dallas.
She returned to the Magnolia State to teach eighth grade science and coach golf and soccer at the Oxford School District where she was honored as Teacher of the Year for 2017 at oxford Middle School and accepted into the University of Mississippi Writing Project where she continues to assist the outreach program. She has worked as a seventh grade science teacher and golf and soccer coach in Corinth for the past two and a half years as she continues to pursue her master’s degree and work toward her National Board Certification. She was also honored last year with the Red Rose Award by Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Alcorn County.