Allison Dunaway, Richland Elementary School

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We can all agree that teachers shape the world, and this year’s winner for Best Teacher, Allison Dunaway, is no exception. She is in her second year at Richland Elementary School, where she teaches kindergarten, and in her 14th year in the field.

Dunaway grew up in a family of teachers and has always wanted a part in education. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s in the same subject from Alcorn State University.

She credits her many mentors who have helped mold her into the passionate teacher that she is today. Dunaway believes that students need a teacher who is in their corner.

“To watch a child truly grasp the concept of a lesson that I’ve taught and how excited they become in that moment of growth is contagious, and it makes whatever subject that I’m teaching joyful,” she says. —Shameka Hamilton-Knight

WINNER: Best Teacher

Address: Richland Elementary School, 200 Spell Drive, Richland, MS 39218

Phone number: 601-939-4375

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