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Cagney Weaver (MS '14)

K-8 Instructional Coach

Creekbend Elementary and Middle School
Gulfport, MS

At the time of the Award, Cagney Weaver was:

North Bay Elementary School
Biloxi, MS

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

In Cagney Weaver’s fourth-grade classroom at North Bay Elementary, students at every level of learning are engaged, from inclusion students to the most gifted.

Weaver has immersed herself in training to teach the Common Core State Standards.  She aligns her instructional practices to the rigorous benchmarks, creating relevant, meaningful lessons that support student success. She involves parents in their child’s academic growth as well; for example, presenting a workshop on “A Child’s Eye View of Common Core” in math and English Language Arts. With few exceptions, her students score Proficient or Advanced in Language Arts and Math on the state MCT2 assessments, and they routinely outperform their peers in the district and state. She deliberately structures class time to allow for individual attention whenever needed so that every student learns to his or her potential.

Multi-sensory activities including music, lyrics and body movement are an important tool in Weaver’s classroom to help motivate students beyond the textbook. While studying colonial America, students churned butter and made wax candles; in math, students graphed large-scale coordinate planes on clear shower curtain liners. Utilizing interesting activities in support of the curriculum helps students to have fun learning, and encourages them to want to learn more. Projects are displayed in and out of the classroom throughout the year, and the standards to which they correspond are clearly explained.

Often the first person to arrive at school, Weaver even came to campus while on maternity leave to visit with her students. She recently completed a year-long National Board Certification, has participated in the Live Oak Writing Project, is on the school leadership team and supervises student teachers. A lifelong learner herself, Weaver models that essential trait for her students and peers, making the future brighter every day for Mississippi students.

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Cagney Weaver Newsletters

To Teach or Not to Teach?
May 05, 2015

The Educators’ Pledge
Jan 26, 2015

Cagney Weaver In The News

A Biloxi Teacher Wins a Big National Award
WLOX-TV  |  ABC  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  Biloxi, MS

Biloxi Fourth-Grade Teacher Cagney Weaver Receives $25,000 Milken Award  |  The Mississippi Press  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  Pascagoula, MS

Biloxi Teacher Presented With $25K Milken Award
Sun Herald  |  Associated Press  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  Gulfport, MS

Biloxi Teacher Wins $25K National Education Prize
WLOX-TV  |  ABC  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  Biloxi, MS

Biloxi Teacher Surprised With National Award
Sun Herald  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  Gulfport, MS

Additional Information


2016 University of Southern Mississippi, M. Ed.

2009 University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.

National Board Certified Teacher