Chris Kieffer

Recent Stories

Kindergarten teacher Haley Stewart teachers reads to her students at Parkway Elementary in Tupelo, Miss. (Adam Robison, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)

Mississippi’s youngest students pile on the absences, lose learning time

PHILADELPHIA, MISS. – A half hour before school ends each day, a frustrated Tiffany Plott finds herself up against a line of impatient parents who want to pick their kindergarteners…

Some Mississippi districts have critical teacher needs

After accepting a job to teach science at Potts Camp School in rural Marshall County, Charlie Sisk began looking for housing. A science graduate of the University of Colorado, the…

Mississippi develops new teacher evaluation system

TUPELO, Miss. – On a recent morning at Lawndale Elementary School, Assistant Principal Ian Shumpert was immersed in a third-grade language lesson, taking careful notes on his iPad. He was…

In Mississippi, private money and strong principals boost struggling schools

LAMBERT, Miss. – On a recent Friday morning in this poor, rural Mississippi Delta town, a kindergarten student gleefully sought his principal. “Mr. Cormack,” Louis Gilliam, 6, said, flashing a…