Administrator of Year
Teacher of Year
In mid-November, the Lamar County School District named Jarrod Bohannon as Administrator of the year, followed in December by the naming of Jessica Burns as Teacher of the Year.
Burns, a second-grade teacher at Longleaf Elementary School, is in her 19th year as a teacher and in her third year at Longleaf. She said she was shocked when she learned she won the award, as she is surrounded by some of the greatest educators she has ever known.
“The significance of this award for me is that the District Teacher of the Year award is a process which begins at the building level,” she said. “The building level nomination is where teachers nominate teachers for this award, and that makes it really special for me.
“I feel blessed to have been chosen to represent my Lamar County tribe. I love waking up every day and having the opportunity to work in a profession that I love.”
Bohannon, who serves as principal of Baxterville School, is in his 27th year in public K-12 education. He received two degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi: a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Education.
Bohannon began his career in education in 1992 and since that time has served in three school districts, including as teacher/coach, athletic director, facility director, assistant high school principal and K-8 principal. He joined the Lamar County School District in 2002 and has served as assistant high school principal, assistant middle school principal, dean of students and district dropout prevention coordinator.
Bohannon, who received a potted plant for the honor and will be recognized at a district event in the future, said he felt a little awkward being named as Administrator of the Year.
“I would much rather see my staff and students receive the recognition for our improvement and school success,” he said.