Local teacher recognized

Mississippi State University-Meridian chose five Outstanding Students for 2011-2012. Among them was Travis Creel, lead teacher at Eiland Middle School in Louisville. Creel was chosen Outstanding graduate student in Education at MSU-Meridian. Married to his wife, Christy, a math teacher at Neshoba Central High School, for 13 years, Creel is a father of three, his youngest child born April 16. “I’ve coached football for 10 years and have taught everything from senior economics and physical science to 5th grade,” said Creel. “And although I love teaching and coaching, I knew there was something more for me out there.” Creel received a Master of Science in School Administration in December. He chose school administration because he thought he wanted to be a principal. “After going through the program,” he noted, “I feel administration is what I’m called to do.” Creel chose MSU-Meridian because it was closer to his house than Starkville. Once he started classes he knew he was where he needed to be. “The smaller class size and the professors were just what I needed to motivate and push me in the right direction,” said Creel. “Through their guidance and leadership I was able to become an inspired leader myself. It truly was a case of leading by example. I hope to be a leader who inspires others in a school of my own someday.” Gradution May 11 Mississippi State University-Meridian will hold its spring commencement exercises on Friday, May 11 at MSU Riley Center with 117 degrees conferred. Among those receiving their degrees from Louisville were: Daphne Rochelle Holmes, B.S.W. – Social Work; Erin Autumn Stokes, M.S. – Secondary Education