Eighth-grade language arts teacher and department chair Dorothy Stewart developed the compressed curriculum of the Fast Track Program - a program that identifies at-risk students and allows them to catch up academically - and implemented it at Hancock Middle School in Kiln. The program's creative lessons, coupled with Ms. Stewart's high expectations, have motivated many Fast Track students to successfully complete high school. Ms. Stewart's effectiveness as an inclusion teacher with special education students has also enabled many students to enter high school on a regular track. Ms. Stewart, a National Board certified teacher who mentors and supports other certification candidates, is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi and teaches GED preparation through the community adult education program.
1994 Slippery Rock University, B.S.