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Bay-Waveland announces Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marquar, a fifth-grade math teacher at North Bay Elementary, has been chosen Bay-Waveland School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. The selection was announced by Superintendent Dr. Sandra Reed at a luncheon Dec. 3 honoring the Teachers of the Year from all five schools in the district.


Marquar has been teaching for six years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been at North Bay since 2013.


Marquar is the fifth-grade level chair and is active on the technology and math committees. She serves as the school math coach and recently received the Math PREPS Value-Added Award. She also has received the Teacher of the Month honor.


Principal Jeremy Weir said, “In my four years at North Bay, I have never had a teacher more deserving to be named Teacher of the Year than Ms. Marquar. She has consistently produced the highest test scores at North Bay no matter what grade she is teaching.”


Her coworkers say Marquar is dedicated, persistent, a team player and open to every challenge.


The Bay-Waveland Teachers of the Year were chosen by their principal with input from coworkers and students. The district Teacher of the Year was selected by a committee and will compete at the state level.


Superintendent Reed said through her work with an educational foundation that is a major sponsor of state and national Teacher of the Year programs, she is familiar with the program’s criteria. “I can honestly tell you any of the five teachers we have selected could qualify for teacher of the year for state and national honors. Our field is truly that good,” she said.


The other Teachers of the Year in the district are:


Jenny Crowder teaches eighth grade math at Bay Middle School. She has been employed by the Bay-Waveland School District for 21 years and has 32 years total years of teaching experience. She is a lifelong Coast resident who graduated from Long Beach High School.  She received her degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a graduate degree from The University of South Alabama.


Jodie Knight teaches science at the Crossroads Learning Center. She attended Biloxi Public Schools and the University of Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree. She also earned a Master’s degree from William Carey University. This is Knight’s fourth year teaching at Crossroads Learning Center. She previously taught at USM’s Autism Project and kindergarten for one year with Biloxi Public Schools.


Waveland Elementary’s Miriah Singleton is a lifelong resident of Bay St. Louis and a graduate of Bay High School.  She attended Pearl River Community College where she received an associate degree before attending the University of Southern Mississippi and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

Singleton began her career in the Harrison County School District, teaching kindergarten at D’Iberville Elementary School. She joined the Bay-Waveland School District three years ago as a first grade teacher at Waveland Elementary. She is working on her national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Bay High’s Joy Weems is in her seventh year of teaching. She is a Bay High graduate and has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Delta State and a Master’s of Educational Mathematics from William Carey University. She has completed all courses in preparation for becoming a Specialist in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught sixth-grade Math/Science, seventh- grade Math and High School Algebra I and College Algebra. At Bay High she has served as ninth-grade sponsor and worked with several student groups and activities, including Interact, Think Tank, Data Team and Student Government.


The Teacher of the Year luncheon was sponsored by Bay Waveland Floral, Claiborne Hill, Compretta Insurance and Dan B’s.