Tribble named SPSD Teacher of the Year
Batesville Middle School teacher Paula Tribble didn’t think anything out of the ordinary on Tuesday when a group of administrators stopped by her room.
She had just been told by BMS Principal Chad Lindamood she was the school’s Teacher of the Year so she figured SPSD Superintendent Tim Wilder was stopping by to offer his congratulations as well.
Wilder, along with Assistant Superintendent Chad Spence, BMS Assistant Principal Dr. Ashley Fonte, BMS Lead Teacher Stephanie Miles, and Lindamood, were there to offer congratulations, but for a different reason.
The reason for the drop in was to let Tribble know she was not only the Teacher of the Year at BMS, but also the SPSD 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.
“It was really funny because my first thought was, ‘Are they here to see me teach? Are they here to tell me something?’” Tribble said. “Then Mr. Wilder gave me that great honor of being named South Panola School District Teacher of the Year. I was very shocked.”
Tribble is in her 17th year of teaching – 11 of which have been at BMS.
“I get to teach with some of the best teachers in the state of Mississippi, in one of the best schools and the best district in the state,” Tribble said. “It was a real honor to be chosen among my peers when I know how awesome my peers are.”
She graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in public relations and communications, but it was time spent as an assistant teacher in a classroom which made Tribble realize she wanted to be “in a classroom of her own.”
“In addition to demanding excellence in the classroom, she serves on the curriculum development team each year,” Lindamood said. “She also dedicates her time to assisting other teachers by sharing resources and ideas to improve student learning on her own. Mrs. Tribble is a valuable asset to Batesville Middle School.”
Tribble took night classes through Delta State University and Union University to obtain her education degree after realizing she wanted to “make a difference in teaching.”
She and her husband, Dave, have been married for 22 years. The couple has a daughter, Sara Grace, who is an eighth-grader at Batesville Junior High School.