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Jennifer Hite (MS '23)


Pearl Upper Elementary
Pearl, MS

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 5

At the time of the Award, Jennifer Hite was:

Pearl Upper Elementary
Pearl, MS

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

Jennifer Hite transforms the learning landscape in her classroom at Pearl Upper Elementary where she teaches fifth grade science. Her commitment to fostering a love for science is palpable in the vibrant and positive atmosphere she cultivates. By transforming common areas of the classroom into a model of the moon’s cycle, Hite goes beyond traditional teaching methods, turning her classroom into an immersive experience. Infusing creativity into every instructional practice, Hite dresses for the curriculum theme, whether bundling up during the arctic climate unit or wearing a “What’s the Matter?” T-shirt when exploring the concept of solids, liquids and gases.  
Hite’s impact extends beyond her classroom as she chairs the school’s geography bee and serves as a student council supervisor. Her innovative and creative teaching methods encourage her students to develop a love for science, making her classroom a haven for learning and exploring their curiosity about the world around them. During the challenges posed by COVID, Hite made digital learning a joy for her students through compelling science videos. She also stepped in to support colleagues and substitute teachers. Most recently, she spearheaded a variety of community service projects, including holiday kettlebell ringing to help raise funds for a local nonprofit; schoolwide fundraising initiatives; and the Promote the Vote project to encourage student participation in the voting process. 
Beyond the classroom, Hite plays a fundamental role at the school and community levels. As the science chair, she helps shape the school’s curriculum and is an active member of the school leadership team. Her commitment to mentoring student teachers and first-year educators reflects her dedication to nurturing the next generation of teaching professionals. Hite serves on the state Science Content and Data Review Committee, collaborating with teachers across the district, offering expertise, sharing best practices, and welcoming others to observe her classroom in action. She has presented at district exhibitions, served on the Superintendent Advisory Committee and actively participated in the Counseling Committee, demonstrating a holistic approach to education with a focus on social emotional learning. 
Hite earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Mississippi State University in 2008. 

Press release: Mississippi Science Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Exceptional, Innovative Instructional Practices and Student Achievement 


Jennifer Hite In The News

Three MSU Alumni Receive National Milken Educator Award
Mississippi State University  |  Feb 08, 2024  |  Starkville, MS

Three Mississippi Teachers Awarded 'Oscars Of Teaching' And $25,000
Mississippi Free Press  |  Jan 25, 2024  |  Jackson, MS

Three Mississippi Teachers Win Milken Educator Award. See Who Won the 'Oscars of Teaching'
Clarion Ledger  |  USA Today Network  |  Jan 18, 2024  |  Jackson, MS

Milken Awards: Mississippi Educators Win 'Oscars of Teaching'
WFMN-FM  |  Jan 11, 2024  |  Jackson, MS

WATCH --> Pearl Teacher Wins 'Oscar of Teaching,' Surprised with $25K
WLBT-TV  |  NBC  |  Jan 10, 2024  |  Jackson, MS

WATCH --> Pearl Science Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Award
WJTV-TV  |  CBS  |  Jan 10, 2024  |  Jackson, MS

A Local Fifth Grade Science Teacher Walks Into a Surprise at School
WAPT-TV  |  ABC  |  Jan 10, 2024  |  Jackson, MS