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Grady named MPSD Teacher of the Year

Photo of Amy Grady. Grady was named the 2019-20 MPSD Teacher of the Year on Jan. 6, 2020.


Congratulations to veteran Meridian Public School District educator, Amy Grady for being named the 2019-2020 MPSD District Teacher of the Year. Grady found out about the honor during the MPSD Winter Convocation held on Monday, January 6, 2020, in the Meridian High School Auditorium.

“I felt honored, it is a wonderful accomplishment… a lot of hard work has been put into it for the 2019-20 school year,” said Grady. “I was elated to be chosen as the Meridian Public School’s Teacher of the Year.”

Grady has taught at Magnolia Middle School since 2005. She is currently teaching Mississippi Studies and Introduction to Geography, and she has also taught science.

“One of my favorite things about teaching is when the seniors at Meridian High take time during the week of graduation to come back and thank me for being a part of their lives and encouraging them to be the best they can be,” said Grady. “That is the joy of teaching.”

Teachers of the Year at the school level were also honored during the event and are:


Thomonique Daniels, Crestwood Elementary School

Monica Topcik, Oakland Heights Elementary School

Marilyn Hunter, Parkview Elementary School

Dimitri Brown, Poplar Springs Elementary School

Tameka Drummond, T.J. Harris Lower Elementary School

Janiqua Merrell, T.J. Harris Upper Elementary School

Sandra Moore, West Hills Elementary School

Jessica Jarman, Carver Middle School

Amy Grady, Magnolia Middle School

LaShonda Brewer, Northwest Middle School

Donna Smith, Meridian High School

Shelia Street, Meridian High School Freshman Academy

Eric Pickard, Ross Collins Career and Technical Center

Lanelle Griffith, Marion Park