Petal School Teacher Honored for Passion in the Classroom

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by University of Mississippi, Our Mississippi Home

OXFORD, Miss. – For Tyler Shows, teaching fifth grade math students at Petal Upper Elementary School is its own reward.

“Teaching has completely transformed my life in every way,” said Shows, a Petal native and University of Mississippi business school graduate. “It gives my days purpose and meaning.

“I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: If I could choose any job in the world, I would choose the one I already have.”

His commitment to students, creativity in the classroom and leadership throughout the community were celebrated recently when Shows was surprised at Petal Upper Elementary School with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award, presented by the Milken Family Foundation. The presentation came at a schoolwide assembly of cheering students, colleagues, local…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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