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Michelle Brister (MS '11)


Germantown High School
Madison, MS

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics

At the time of the Award, Michelle Brister was:

Lovett Elementary School
Clinton, MS

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 6

Biographical Information

Of all her chart-topping skills, the one of particular importance is Michelle Brister's knack for breaking down math concepts by applying them to everyday situations. By teaching her students fractions by shooting baskets, making ice cream to calculate proportions, building a marble racetrack to study rates of travel and developing a class store (complete with "Brister Bucks") to help students master the concept of calculating sales tax, “light bulbs of understanding” burn brightly in Brister’s math class.

Brister actively uses the class website and provides detailed notes for parents on every lesson. Skilled at isolating individual learning styles and adapting her methods accordingly, Brister makes math relevant and fun. Parents are also an integral part of her classroom; she communicates with them regularly and involves them in an in-class activity at least twice a year.

Brister’s test scores are highly ranked in and outside of school, eclipsing the state and district averages. In fact, the superintendent credits her for helping Lovett’s math scores stay strong.

Math department chair at her school for four years, Brister is a mentor teacher, serves on several district committees and is continually described as a resource. She has also earned praise for turning her colleagues into believers of her out-of-box teaching methods. Comments one of her many proponents: "Converting others in the process is leadership on display."

Michelle Brister In The News

Sunday Morning With: Michelle Brister 6th Grade Math teacher, Lovett Elementary School, 34, Clinton
The Clarion-Ledger  |  Dec 30, 2011  |  Jackson, MS

In high regards: Brister credits West Jones eighth grade algebra teacher for success
Laurel Leader-Call  |  Dec 22, 2011  |  Laurel, MS

Clinton teacher earns Milken award, $25,000 prize
The Clarion-Ledger  |  Nov 30, 2011  |  Jackson, MS

Clinton Teacher Surprised With Check For $25K
WAPT  |  ABC  |  Nov 30, 2011  |  Jackson, MS

Additional Information


2008 Metro Commerce Area Teacher Honoree

2007 Teacher of the Year--Clinton Public School District

2007 Teacher of the Year--Lovett Elementary


2005 National Council of Teachers of Matematics

2001 Mississipi Professional Educators


2001 M.S. Elementary Education from Mississippi State University

1999 B.S. Elementary Education from Mississippi State University