Practitioners of Distinction

The School of Education proudly honors these Alumni who who uphold the highest standards in the education profession. These education alumni stand out. They are ones who imagine, innovate and inspire:

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

Chris ChismChris Chism
M.Ed. 2011
Pearl, MS
Principal Corps alumnus, Principal of Pearl High School, and 2018 Mississippi State
Administrator of the Year

Dr. Johnny MattoxDr. Johnny Mattox
B.A.Ed. 1973, M.C.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1979
Corinth, MS
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Professor of Biology at Blue Mountain College.

Dr. Kelle SumrallDr. Kelle Sumrall
B.A.Ed. 2002, M.Ed. 2004, Ed.D. 2010
Oxford, MS
Science teacher at Lafayette Middle School, Robert E. Yager Excellence in Teaching Award recipient by the National Science Teachers Association, and 2020 Mississippi Boys Bowling Coach of the Year.

Joanne WebberJoanne Webber
B.A.Ed. 1996, M.Ed. 1997
Collierville, TN
Physical education teacher at West Collierville Middle School, cross country coach, and certified Apple Teacher and Vanguard Coach.

Jamil NorthcuttJamil Northcutt
B.S. 03, M.A. 04, Ph.D. 13
West Orange, NJ
Vice President of Player Engagement, Major League Soccer

Adam PughAdam Pugh
Ph.D. 09
Oxford, MS
Superintendent of Lafayette County School District

Wanda QuonWanda Quon
B.A.Ed. 74
Jackson, MS
Principal, Pecan Park Elementary School

Angela VictoryAngela Victory
B.A.Ed. 00, M.Ed. 02
New Albany, MS
Teacher, New Albany Elementary School

Kevin AllemandKevin Allemand
B.A.Ed. 05
Perkinston, MS
Social studies, government, and politics teacher at Hancock High School

LaTonya RobinsonLaTonya Robinson
B.A.Ed. 98, M.Ed. 99, Ed.D. student
Batesville, MS
Principal, Greenhill Elementary, North Panola School District

Whitman SmithWhitman Smith
B.A.Ed. 89, M.Ed. 94
Oxford, MS
Director of Admissions, University of Mississippi

Patrick WilcherPatrick Wilcher
B.A.Ed. 03, M.Ed. 04
Gulfort, MS
Mathematics Instructor, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Shelley CliffordShelley Clifford
B.A.Ed. 03, M.Ed. 04
Atlanta, GA
Head of Lower School, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Jessica IvyJessica Ivy
B.A.Ed. 06, M.Ed. 08, Ph.D. 11
Starkville, MS
Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, Mississippi State University

Jay LevyJay Levy
B.A.Ed. 11
Canton, MS
English Teacher, Northwest Rankin High School

Wanikka VanceWanikka Vance
B.A.Ed. 03
Park Forest, IL
Founder, Foundations 4 adVANCEment