-- Robyn Ripple, a senior elementary education major at The
University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, was recently
named "Teacher Candidate of the Year" by the Southern
Miss chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.
Ripple always helped us with our work in a special way,"
said Tyler White, one of Ripple's fifth-grade students at
Three Rivers Elementary School in Gulfport. "Her teaching
made learning fun. She made me feel so confident that I knew
I could do it, which made her a great teacher."
a native of New Orleans who now lives in Long Beach, will
graduate this May at Gulf Park with a bachelor of science
degree in elementary education.
was based on nominations by two supervisors and a video tape
of a lesson actually taught to the fifth grade class she taught.
Her supervisors were Sharon Sumrall, fifth-grade teacher at
Three Rivers Elementary School in Gulfport, who served as
Ripple's mentor, and Dr. Lee Roudebush, university supervisor
with the Southern Miss Office of Educational Field Experiences.
teacher must be alert continually to visualize what is happening
and to anticipate what might happen in the classroom,"
Ripple said. "I am determined to help all students achieve
their educational goals."
who has been going to school part time for 12 years, started
out as a pre-vet major and changed to education. She will
now compete for the National Student Teacher Award this summer.