For their work in making a difference in arts education in Mississippi schools, communities and the world around them, Meridian residents Amy Carter, Charlotte Tabereaux, Jennifer Davis, Eli Brand and Stage 2 were honored at the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) Awards Ceremony last month during the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Institute at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Resort & Hospitality Management Center in Gulfport.
“Each year, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education recognizes the excellence of individuals and organizations that support the arts with students across our state,” said Executive Director Penny Wallin in a statement. “It is humbling to be able to celebrate the expertise, service, and passion for the arts in education with such outstanding awardees.”
Jennifer D. Davis, of Meridian High School, won the Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator Award for Music. Davis, in her third year as head choral director at Meridian High School, directs Lamplighters, Concert Choir, Advanced Women, and Freshmen Singers. She previously served for 10 years as the Assistant Concert Choir director and Freshmen Singers director, and established and taught the 16 keyboard Piano Lab.
She is in her eighth year as the Advanced Placement Music Theory Instructor, with several of her students earning college credit through the College Board testing program. She helped to “bring back” musicals to MHS, working with the other departments to create the yearly Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) musical. Her choirs have consistently earned “superiors” in district and state festivals. Davis was MHS Star Teacher in 2014 and was awarded the Meridian Phi Delta Kappa Excellence in Education award in 2012. She is an active member of Mississippi Music Educators Association and Mississippi Choral Directors Association.
Superintendent Amy Carter, of the Meridian Public School District, won the Outstanding Administrator Award. Carter, an educator for 23 years, is in her first year as the superintendent of the Meridian Public School District. Under her leadership, the city of Meridian was chosen to be the 23rd Kennedy Center Any Given Child Initiative’s site in the nation, only the third in the southeast, and the first in the state of Mississippi. In 2010, she…