TUPELO • Tupelo Middle School Principal Mark Enis and Lawhon Elementary School second grade English Language Arts teacher Leslie Tally are among the finalists for Mississippi's 2021 Administrator and Teacher of the Year awards, the Mississippi Department of Education announced on Wednesday.

The Mississippi Administrator of the Year program honors an administrator who demonstrates superior ability to inspire teachers, employs exemplary leadership practices and participates as an active member of the community.

Enis, selected to represent Congressional District 1, is among four finalists selected from across the state for the Mississippi Administrator of the Year program.

Mark Enis

Mark Enis, second from right, has been named Tupelo Public School District’s 2020 Administrator of the Year. Enis is principal at Tupelo Middle School. He is photographed with, from left, assistant superintendent Dr. Brock English, superintendent Dr. Rob Picou and TPSD Board of Trustees member Sherry Davis.

As an administrator, Enis believes "to first love the student, stimulate their minds, and instill within them a thirst for knowledge and lifelong learning."

The Administrator of the Year recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend and will share their expertise through various presentations, professional development and activities for the improvement of education in the state.

Likewise, the Mississippi Teacher of the Year program recognizes exemplary teachers across the state.

Tally, selected to represent Congressional District 1, is among four finalists selected from across the state for the Mississippi Teacher of the Year program.

Leslie Tally

Lawhon Elementary School second grade English Language Arts teacher Leslie Tally accepts her award as Tupelo Public School District’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

As an educator, Tally said she believes "all children deserve the opportunity to develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically in a risk-free learning environment."

The award recipient will be asked to share expertise through various presentations, professional development and activities for the improvement of education. They will also receive a $5,000 stipend.

The winner of the Mississippi Teacher of the Year program will represent t in the state at the National Teacher of the Year competition. Statewide Administrator of the Year and Teacher of the Year winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 29, at 4 p.m.

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