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Krissy Long (MS '23)


Neshoba Central Elementary 
Philadelphia, MS

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

At the time of the Award, Krissy Long was:

Neshoba Central Elementary 
Philadelphia, MS

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

Biographical Information

Kristien “Krissy” Long employs a hands-on approach in her classroom that makes learning an immersive, engaging experience for her fifth grade math and science students at Neshoba Central Elementary. By exploring the ‘why’ behind each problem, her students not only understand the concepts, but also grasp their practical applications, improving their overall retention of new material. Long goes beyond conventional teaching methods by integrating her lessons into real-life scenarios like using the menu at a local Mexican restaurant to compute the bill, and creating videos on her YouTube channel for students and their parents to better understand the steps to solve a math or science problem. 

Students strive to meet the high standards Long maintains for them and can track their progress through her daily use of Classroom Dojo, a program that provides a motivational framework and allows students to accumulate points through classroom cooperation and successfully meeting their goals. This dynamic approach to measuring achievement instills a sense of accomplishment and enthusiasm, and Long includes an end-of-the-semester auction with a trained auctioneer allowing students to bid on and “buy” items with their accrued points. Long wholly embraces technology and innovative instructional practices, and as an early adopter of Google Classroom, she played a pivotal role in facilitating the seamless integration of the program at the school. 

A leader who is committed to educational excellence outside of Neshoba Central, Long’s impact can be seen in the professional development workshops she leads for both new and veteran educators, sharing her expertise and best practices at state conferences and district teacher advisory committees, as well as in videos she produces that address standards and provide resources to support academic success. Additionally, she serves as the math chairperson, orchestrating weekly Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings and vertical alignment sessions. This ensures a seamless educational experience for students as they progress through their academic journey.  

Long earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 2016 from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Mississippi College in 2023. 

Press release: Philadelphia, Mississippi, Teacher Honored with National Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Cash Prize for Engaging, Experiential Math and Science Instruction 


Krissy Long 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

Neshoba Central Teacher Receives Prestigious Educator Award
The Meridian Star  |  Jan 20, 2024  |  Meridian, 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

Educator Krissy Long Receives Prestigious National Award
The Neshoba Democrat  |  Jan 17, 2024  |  Philadelphia, MS

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

Krissy Long, a Neshoba Central Elementary Teacher Honored with National Milken Educator Award and $25,000 Cash Prize
WKOZ-AM/FM  |  Jan 11, 2024  |  Kosciusko, MS

WATCH --> Neshoba Central Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award
WTOK-TV  |  ABC  |  Jan 10, 2024  |  Tupelo, MS