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Petal Educators Selected by MDE to Serve on the MS Teacher Advisory Council

Petal Educators Selected by MDE to Serve on the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council

PETAL, Miss. – Two Petal School District (PSD) educators have been selected by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to serve on the Mississippi Teacher Advisory Council (MTAC). Gwen Anne Merrill, an English teacher at Petal High School, and Brittany Goff, a second-grade teacher at Petal Primary School, were among 49 experienced and highly regarded professionals from across the state that were chosen. The MTAC, formed in 2016, now includes 300 educators representing schools in urban and rural settings and an array of content areas, including general education, arts, special education and career and technical education.

“Our district is very fortunate and proud to have outstanding teachers like Ms. Merrill and Ms. Goff. I know they will represent our schools and state very well,” said Dr. Matt Dillon, PSD superintendent of schools.

The purpose of the MTAC is to provide feedback to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, on the initiatives of the MDE, the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi State Legislature. Wright meets with teachers regularly. The MTAC aims to empower teachers to discuss topics critical to their success in the classroom and how MDE can assist.

“Hearing directly from teachers about their classroom experiences has helped me set priorities and has informed statewide decisions about policy, resources and professional development,” Wright said. “I look forward to meeting our new members and continuing to work collaboratively with all teachers on the council on behalf of Mississippi students.”


Gwen Anne Merrill, M.Ed., NBCT
Petal High School


Brittany Goff, NBCT
Petal Primary School