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Lawson named District Teacher of the Year

Lawson named District Teacher of the Year


Batesville Junior High School math teacher Latara Lawson was stumped by the equation of administrators visiting her classroom recently. 


The drop-in from the visitors soon added up though, as South Panola School District Superintendent Tim Wilder announced Lawson as the 2019-20 District Teacher of the Year in front of her students. 


“I was surprised and elated that my coworkers chose me as BJHS Teacher of the Year, but it’s an honor to be named SPSD District Teacher of the Year,” Lawson said. “It’s an honor to be recognized on a district level for the work that you do inside your own building. I love what I do and the children that I teach.”


A native of Batesville, Lawson is a South Panola High School graduate. She obtained her bachelor’s in education from the University of Mississippi before obtaining her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Arkansas State University. 


Lawson has been with the school district for 14 years and serves as an advisor for the BJHS student council.


Other Teachers of the Year include:

BES - Mandy Donahue

BIS - Tracey Pierce

BMS - Staci Toole

SPHS - Janet Blackmon

Pope - Fame Scammon