DeYoung chosen as Laurel Teacher of the Year

Laurel School District Exceptional Education Director Dorsetta Jordan, Assistant Superintendent Kenda Covington and Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno present Mason Elementary School teacher Jennifer DeYoung with flowers for being chosen Laurel School District Teacher of the Year. Also pictured are Mason Assistant Principal Rhonda Holloman and Principal Dr. Ken Culpepper.

For her exemplary performance in the classroom, Mason Elementary School teacher Jennifer DeYoung was honored as the Laurel School District Teacher of the Year.

“We are so proud to have Jennifer DeYoung representing the Laurel Schools as our Teacher of the Year,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bengino. “Mrs. DeYoung’s love for teaching and compassionate approach exemplifies exactly what you look for in a teacher. Her willingness to go the extra mile with her students makes each child she works with feel valued and appreciated. It is such a joy to see her receive this much-deserved award.”

DeYoung began her education career in 1999 as a teacher in the Mutchmor Public School system in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She also worked as an educational technology integrator, early intervention teacher, developmental specialist and a pre-kindergarten teacher before joining Mason Elementary School in 2015.

DeYoung received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a concentration in English and a Bachelor of Education in primary and junior education both from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

Since 2015, DeYoung has served as a special education teacher at Mason Elementary School, where she has worked to make sure all children have the opportunity to learn in a safe, caring and encouraging learning environment.

“I have seen that Mrs. DeYoung shows great passion for students,” said Exceptional Education Director Dr. Dorsetta Jordan. “She has a great relationship with students, a positive attitude and a great work ethic. She is a true team player who communicates well with teachers, students and parents. Mrs. DeYoung’s ability to connect with each student, addressing each student’s unique talents and specific needs is absolutely incredible.”

Not only is DeYoung a passionate teacher, she is also a dedicated community volunteer. For two years she has volunteered with the Kids’ Hub Advocacy group and she is actively involved with the Southern Cross Animal Rescue League. She is also a member of The ARC of Mississippi and a prospective member of the Kiwanis Club, where she recently volunteered with fundraising for high school scholarships.

Due to her selection as the Laurel School District’s Teacher of the Year, DeYoung’s nomination was forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year Program for consideration on the state level.

— By Lacey Slay, Laurel School District

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