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Dr. Jacquelyn Sampsell (MS '99)

State Assessment Director

Mississippi Department of Education
Jackson, MS

At the time of the Award, Dr. Jacquelyn Sampsell was:

Philadelphia High School
Philadelphia, MS

Subject(s) taught: Biology/Life Science
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Dr. Jacquelyn Sampsell, currently serves as the K-12 Science Specialist for the Mississippi Department of Education. At the time of the award, Dr. Sampsell taught biology at Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, where her innovations included projects such as "Can You Solve the Crime?" Working in teams, students attempted to solve an imaginary crime by analyzing physical evidence, checking each other's work, and drawing conclusions, just as forensic scientists would do. A master teacher, Dr. Sampsell co-developed the Mississippi Biology Teacher Resource Guide: Cell and Molecular Biology Edition, a collection of up-to-date lab activities that support theoretical learning. A frequent workshop presenter, Dr. Sampsell was former president of the Mississippi Biology Teachers' Association and received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Mississippi; she was a finalist for the Mississippi Teacher of the Year in 1997.

Additional Information


2005 Ed.D - Curriculum & Instruction

1978 Mississippi State University, B.S.