Ginn Wins Walthall Chamber Educator Award

 
Southwest Mississippi Community College Social Science Division Chairperson and history instructor Merrielyn Ginn received the Wilmon McCaffery Outstanding Educator award presented by the Walthall County Chamber of Commerce.  The award was presented at the Walthall County Chamber of Commerce membership banquet on Saturday, January 28.  Chamber 2016 president, Stephanie Miller, presented Ginn the educator award. Pictured with Ginn are (left to right) T.W. Bearden, Laura Calhoun, Thomas Calhoun, Criminal Justice/Sociology Instructor Ashley Weathers, English Instructor Gwen May, SMCC President Dr. Steve Bishop, Ginn, Vice President for Academic Affairs Alicia Shows, Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics Bill Ashley, Vice President for Admissions Matt Calhoun, Psychology Instructor Elise Gatlin, and Humanities Chairperson James O’Rourke.  
 
Merrielyn Ginn has been an SMCC history instructor for 27 years, also heading the Honors Forum class--which has taken on projects including the sending of care packages to Mississippi National Guardsmen serving abroad during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is chairman of the Social Sciences Division at SMCC, has been named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and named Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher of the Year and Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Instructor.  Her passion is history. A 1965 graduate of Tylertown High School, she obtained her B.S. in social studies with an emphasis in pre-law and social work from Mississippi State College for Women (now MUW) in 1969. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with an MA in history in 1980.

Prior to Southwest, Ginn taught for 18 years in the St. Tammany Parish School System: Pearl River Junior High as a physical education instructor; Slidell Junior High as a classroom teacher, chairman of the social studies department and student council sponsor; cheerleader sponsor, tennis coach and helped with girls’ softball. She was named Outstanding Louisiana Educator, Outstanding Young Educator, selected by the Slidell Jaycees; and Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America. A member of the Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Assn., Mississippi Historical Society, Mississippi Professional Educators, Friends of the Library, and the board of trustees of Tylertown Methodist Church.
 
 
 
 
Ginn Wins Walthall Chamber Educator Award