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Five South Mississippi teachers honored with Leo Seal Award


GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Hancock Bank honored five of South Mississippi's top teachers Friday during the 14th annual Leo W. Seal Teacher Recognition Awards program.

The 2010 Seal Award recipients are Jeanette Baucum of Biloxi High School, Roma Flowers of Oak Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs, Jill Lipski of Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach, Amy Rogers of Purvis Upper Elementary School, and Jordan Roy of St. Stanislaus College.

The winners were selected from more than 150 nominees in seven counties based on past and planned classroom teaching applications.

Each recipient received a one-time $1,500 grant for innovative educational projects that support requirements. Hancock Bank also gave them a $150 gift card and a pewter apple hand crafted exclusively for the bank.

This year's winning projects include creative activities that help students consider career choices and strengthen science knowledge, economic literacy, reading comprehension, practical lab experience, and math test scores.

  • Jeanette Baucum, Biloxi High School – "Keeping It Real." Biloxi High School students journey beyond TV drama to discover the high-tech, real-world science of CSI through hands-on hair analysis, forensic blood detection, and bite-mark analysis.
  • Roma Flowers, Oak Park Elementary School (Ocean Springs) – "Mini City." At Oak Park Elementary School, effective money management becomes a way of life for students working and doing business in a simulated city mirroring real life interactions and responsibilities.
  • Jill Lipski, Reeves Elementary School (Long Beach) – "Time & Space for Science." By building science book collections at Reeves Elementary School, students augment the school's educational resources while learning differentiated grade-level science and non-fiction reading strategies.
  • Amy Rogers, Purvis Upper Elementary School – "Mythbusters Science Lab." Purvis Elementary School "mythbusters" employ investigative science techniques such as blood typing, facial recognition, DNA analysis, and finger-printing to theories while learning physics and forensic science.
  • Jordan Roy, St. Stanislaus College (Bay St. Louis) – "Online Mathematical Enrichment & Remediation." St. Stanislaus College students use the Internet as a learning tool to master interactive pre-algebra and algebra lessons, resolve word problems, and understand and apply problem-solving models.

Established in 1994 and funded annually by Hancock Bank, the Leo W. Seal awards recognize teaching excellence and contributions to South Mississippi education. The awards also help teachers develop original classroom teaching initiatives.

The program commemorates the leadership and achievements of former Hancock Bank presidents, the late Leo W. Seal, Sr.and his son, the late Leo W. Seal, Jr., in facilitating Gulf Coast economic growth and educational opportunity.

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