Bayou View Elementary teacher gets honored nationally

A Bayou View Elementary third grade teacher is a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics for the state of Mississippi.

Mandy Gunter, a third-grade teacher at Bayou View Elementary, is one of four Mississippi state finalists honored for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics.

The award is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of math and science. “It’s my passion. I love it. I don’t want to think about doing anything else or stopping anytime soon.”

Bayou View Elementary Principal Tess Lawrence encourages her teachers to apply for academic awards. She recognizes all the extra work put in by Gunter. “Ms. Gunter overlooks our ST math program and our iReady math program. She helps plan incentives for students. She provides tutoring and extra help in support with resources to our teachers, especially our new teachers.”

The accomplishment has made her school proud. Third grade teacher April Hoyt said, “Her strength is her knowledge. She’s so knowledgeable. She’s very receptive and eager to learn. She’s constantly trying to improve in her craft.”

After 30 years of teaching, Ms. Gunter says it’s her commitment to lifelong learning that keeps her motivated to teach day after day.

Ms. Gunter’s daughter Haley is a first-year teacher at Bayou View Elementary. She tells News 25 her mom is her inspiration. “We’re so excited. We’re so proud. She is a phenomenal teacher. I only hope to be the type of teacher that she is when I’ve reached how many years she’s been teaching. It brings our family a lot of pride and we’ve very proud of her.”

As a state-wide finalist, Gunter will receive recognition from the Mississippi State Department. In August, the national winner will be announced with a trip to Washington, D.C., a certificate from President Joe Biden, and a $10,000 cash reward.

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