Recognition goes a long way.

Just ask Alcorn School District Superintendent Brandon Quinn.

The county school leader spent a bulk of his time during this week’s Board of Education meeting recognizing a long list of students and educators who have gone above and beyond to complete their jobs.

Two teachers at Alcorn Central Elementary School received praise for their acceptance into the University of Mississippi’s Center of Math and Science MathMates program.

Kellie Shadburn and Kelley McGee will attend the mentoring academy for teachers and exceptional students hosted by the university and sponsored by NASA.

“We are proud of these two teachers,” said Quinn. “I believe the district will benefit from having them attend this professional learning opportunity.”

Quinn also highlighted the district’s “Dream Team” – Career Coaches Rebecca Lewis and Taylor Johnson who are helping non-college-bound students get on track to a successful career after high school.

“We are very lucky to have these two ladies. It is very impressive what they are doing and can do with our students,” said board member Daniel Cooper. “They are truly helping the kids who often fall through the cracks. Not all kids are cut out for college ... and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Johnson serves students from Kossuth High School and Biggersville High School, while Lewis serves students from Alcorn Central High School and Alcorn Career and Technology Center.

One individual student and two teams received several rounds of applause and plaques during the meeting.

Receiving recognition from Quinn included Kossuth student and Class 2A, 3A and 4A powerlifting state champion Jamie Hajek, Class 1A basketball state champion the Biggersville Lions and Class 3A boys powerlifting state champion the Kossuth Aggies.

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Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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