From press reports
Louisville High School’s 2013 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Ruthie Haynes.
Mrs. Haynes, a Louisville High School alumna, graduate from East
Central Community College in 1980 with an Associate of Arts degree in
Liberal Arts and from Mississippi State University in 1982 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Science.
Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from
Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 2005. Presently, she teaches
Health, Family Dynamics, Resource Management, and Drug Education at
Louisville High School.
Mrs. Haynes has been in the public education arena since 1984 and has
worked in Clark County, Bolivar County and since 1990 in the
Louisville Municipal School District. Mrs. Haynes has an extensive
history o teaching experience and has been recognized by Who’s Who
Among American High School Teachers, Mississippi’s LifeSmart as
Sponsor of the Year, by SADD (Student Against Destructive Decisions)
in New York as the Mississippi Sponsor of the Year, and as the
Distinguished Woman of the Year for Bolivar County. Mrs. Haynes is a
member of the Louisville Church of God in Christ District, where her
husband, Billy Haynes serves as assistant pastor and is a member of
Peter’s Rock Temple Church of God In Christ where she serves on the
ministerial staff and in many other capacities of the church.
She has one son, Troy Yarbrough, who is employed with the LMSD and
one godson, Terrance Yarbrough, who is employed with the Public
Employee Retirement System (PERS) in Jackson, MS.
Mrs. Haynes believes in the Philosophy that “no matter what, every
child can learn”. Her most cherished moments in education include
comments from former and present students who thank her for helping
them and for making a difference in their lives.
Mrs. Haynes is a role model and a leader, as well as an outstanding
teacher. She states that her parents began influencing her to become
a teacher at the age of 13. In reflecting on her path to becoming a
teacher, she stated the “growing up, I never really knew what career
path I would choose. Being fully persuaded that I would be able to
help people was a part of my destiny. Facing many childhood
obstacles and overcoming these obstacles humbled me. I wanted to
make an impact on my community. All of these things combined
influenced my decision to become a teacher.” She is dedicated and
spends countless hours implementing programs and events that will
make a difference.
Alundis Pledge, president of LHS SADD Chapter stated, “ She always
lends her ear and listens to what every student has to say. She is
open-minded and well-rounded. She looks for the good in every
student. She pushes her students hard.”
LHS is fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher as Mrs. Ruthie Haynes.