Technically, it’s summer education training for the 1,500 teachers attending the annual Making Connections Conference recently held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center.
For the 100 educators who attended through Mississippi Power scholarships, it’s more like a pilgrimage.
“This is my second year attending the event, and I can’t thank Mississippi Power enough for their help,” said Jeanette Goodin, a teacher from Perry County. “I wouldn’t have been able to attend this on my own. The event has the best speakers and seminars I’ve ever seen. You pick up things at every discussion.”
Fellow Perry County educator Tiffany Hunt is a first-timer at the conference.
“I’m grateful for the assistance from Mississippi Power,” Hunt said. “I’m very excited to see this great lineup of speakers.”
One of those speakers was State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright.
“You’re the ones that make the magic happen every day in our classrooms,” Wright said. “You’re the ones that can change the lives of children.”
The conference, one of the state’s largest, allowed educators to earn continuing education credits for classes they teach in science, technology, engineering and math.
Johnny Atherton, vice president of Corporate Services and Community Relations, welcomed the teachers to the Gulf Coast and thanked them for their commitment to improving education in Mississippi.
“Being a teacher is not just a job, it’s a higher calling,” he said to the audience. “We recognize your dedication to educating the leaders of tomorrow. More than 50 percent of the contributions we make to initiatives in our community go to support education. We appreciate what you do.”
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