"My profound interest in the art of communication and my desire to share that interest with others led me to the classroom in 1960," says Lula Brown-Hall, an English teacher at Leflore County High School in Itta Bena. Ms. Brown-Hall takes great pride in the record of excellence her students have held over the years in public speaking competitions. Long active in the National Writing Project, she was named co-director in 1989. As a member of SECME (Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering), Ms. Brown-Hall has participated in the writing of the first SECME-sponsored program to be implemented at her school. Ms. Brown-Hall is also active in two school-wide programs: "Cities in Schools," designed to reverse drop-out rates, and a parenting and childcare center that has been established to assist teenage parents.