Sonya Ford was nominated by her director, Durand Payton.
Ms. Ford is one of several great teachers at the Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center. She has been teaching for over 20 years, and has made sure that many of her students have made it to college. She has personally conducted ACT tutorials and workshops, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops, and scholarship workshops for the students of her district, as well as students in neighboring districts.
On a daily basis, Ms. Ford does her job with a smile. She has faced many situations that could have deterred her, but she continues to persevere so that she can continue to help students. She has shown great dedication to her job while simultaneously taking care of her ailing mother and aunt, and she rarely misses work.
Although Ms. Ford has no biological children, she has taken on a motherly role to students who may not have the most supportive network at home. She finds ways to generate funds for students who are in need, and helps parents complete the paperwork necessary for enrolling their child in college. Her dedication has caused college students and adults to stop by the school just to say thank you, for the support over the years.
"It is my pleasure to nominate Sonya Ford for this award because of her altruistic spirit and dedication to students and parents," Payton said. "She has compelled many students to be the best version of themselves."