Harriett Eppes (Jackson Academy)

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Harriet Eppes, a third-grade teacher at Jackson Academy, has been teaching at the school for more than 35 years.Born in Florida, Eppes graduated from Suwannee High School in Live Oak, Fla., then went on to Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., where she received a bachelor’s degree in music in 1978. She worked as a music teacher in Florida for one year beginning in 1981 before moving to Jackson in 1982, where she took a job as a paralegal at the Watkins and Eager law firm.

Eppes continued her education at Belhaven University in Jackson and received her elementary-teaching certification there in 1984. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she began teaching at Jackson Academy while pursuing a master’s degree in education at Mississippi College in Clinton, which she received in 1986. She moved to Madison in 2001.

“I love working with children throughout the year and getting to know them all personally,” Eppes says. “Teaching at Jackson Academy surrounded by exceptional people makes me feel like my job isn’t just a job, but a kind of ministry, something I was meant to do.” — Dustin Cardon

WINNER: Best Teacher

Address: Jackson Academy, 4908 Ridgewood Rd, Jackson, MS 39211

Phone number: 601-362-9676

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