Just north of the University of Mississippi and slightly south of Memphis, sits this unique region of the state. Communities like Holly Springs and Sardis open up their doors and make new residents quickly feel like home. Enjoy Blues Festivals on the weekends, Friday night football games, and locating hidden restaurants that have some of the best cuisine in the entire state. This area also enables its residents to enjoy the benefits of living so close to Memphis & Oxford; however, once teachers start to make these communities their homes, they almost always seem to schedule their social outings with what is happening in their towns.
This is also an area where a new teacher can make a big difference. There are several Critical Needs schools in this area of the state, and there is a high demand for quality teachers. The Mississippi Teacher Corps has a long-standing history of commitment and service to this area, and we are always looking for quality teachers to join our movement. We know you'll fall in love with this area like so many of our alums have.
The Mississippi Delta
The Mississippi Delta has a mystique all its own. It's the place James Cobb referred to as the South's South, and it's a place that has produced some of our country's most heralded artists. From musicians Robert Johnson & Muddy Waters to writers Tennessee Williams & Eudora Welty, the Delta has and continues to be a cultural mecca for the South. It's a place where you can regularly see a show at Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club or eat dinner with your friends at the famous Doe's Eat Place steakhouse.
Even with all of these options around you, the best part of the Delta is the people. Schools and communities embrace teachers as their own. Our teachers consistently express how tight-knit their community is in their placement. MTC also has a history of commitment to serving the Delta's schools, and we have several partners who are motivated to helping our teachers have their highest point of contribution.
East Central Mississippi
While it's in close proximity to Mississippi State University's Starkville campus, this placement offers the quiet, community-oriented experience of small-town life. High School sports are extremely popular in this area of the state. You can take in a thrilling Friday night football game at West Point High School, the defending 5A state champions, or be a part of a packed gymnasium for the defending 6A state basketball champions, Meridian High School. Music & Arts scene is more of your thing? Two of the state and the South's best venues are Meridian's Riley Performing Arts Center and Starkville's Rick's Cafe.
This is also an area where we've witnessed tremendous attachment between our teachers and their placements. Here, we've seen teachers staying long after their two-year commitment, because they don't want to leave. It's hard not to fall in love with the kids and the community when they take so much pride in being from their towns.
The capital city is the state's only urban school district. Located in central Mississippi, this area is also known as the Crossroads of the South. It's around a 3-hour drive to both Memphis & New Orleans, and it's almost a 6-hour drive to Dallas & Atlanta. Once teachers start to experience all that Jackson has to offer though, they rarely venture out. The city houses the state's capital, the Jackson Zoo, and the state's brand new Civil Rights Museum. The Fondren & Belhaven areas are both thriving cultural scenes, and the city is known to have some of the best restaurants in the state.
Jackson is also going through a critical transformation in its public school system, and there is a great opportunity to be on the ground floor of working to make a city better. MTC has a history of placing quality teachers in the area and seeing them thrive in their schools. We believe that trend is going to continue.