Local teacher receives recognition

Published 9:25 pm Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Marsha Moore of Roseland Park Elementary School, was awarded Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.

Moore was surprised by Steve LeBlanc, General Manager of Picayune’s Wal-Mart, and her co-workers who had kept the honor a secret from her until last Monday’s presentation in the school’s office. The kindergarten teacher approached the seemingly impromptu ceremony apprehensively, unsure of why she had been summoned to the principal’s office. She really hesitated once she realized everyone was staring at her and the cameras were all pointed in her direction.

“Can I have your autograph?” asked LeBlanc of the stunned teacher. He went on to present her with a plaque, a gift certificate and a $1,000 check for the school.

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Moore said she was very surprised. She also added jokingly that she was relieved that she was not in any trouble.

Moore was selected to receive this honor by the community for her dedication to her students.

Wal-Mart’s teacher of the year program began in 1995. More than 30,000 teachers have been recognized since its conception and schools nationwide have received more than $29 million in funds as part of this program.