Pictured l-r: Lisa Topper, Beth Matlock, Christy Pipkin, Balinda Denton, Angela Victory, Robin Willis, Teresa Ohler, Farrah Speck, Hanna Basil, Grace Siegert, Emilee Stubblefield, Tiffany Thrasher

Latrina Walker, Jalon Bullock, and Pam Conlee (Dean Provence Board Member)


The Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education Board has announced the allocation of funds totaling nearly $7,900 to teachers in the New Albany School District (NASD). In an effort to maximize the effectiveness of the awards, this year grants were directed to New Albany Elementary School and the School of Career & Technical Education.  Endowment funding will be used for equipment and materials in the classroom that are not typically covered by the school budget.

The Endowment for Excellence in Education was begun in 1986 as the vision of School Board member Dean Provence. Provence, a New Albany native, was an active volunteer in both school and community activities. Through his volunteer efforts, he recognized the need for additional funding in the schools for projects and classroom materials, and was instrumental in establishing the endowment fund. Following his death, the locally supported endowment fund was renamed in memory of Provence and has continued to provide needed funding to classrooms in the New Albany Schools for more than twenty-five years. Since 1986, the Endowment has provided approximately $367,000 in support to the NASD.

The endowment is funded through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events sponsored by the Endowment Board. Contributions to the Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education are accepted throughout the year and may be mailed to New Albany Schools, Attention: Melanie Anderson, 301 Hwy. 15 North, New Albany, MS 38652.

Project – Applicant – School – Amount Awarded

Flexible Seating, Angela Victory, New Albany Elementary School, $226.79

Flexible Seating, Christy Pipkin, New Albany Elementary School, $623.21

Flexing First, Robin Willis, New Albany Elementary School, $179.96

Osmo for First Grade, Balinda Denton, New Albany Elementary School, $1,701

Hands on Dyslexia Therapy, Beth Matlock, New Albany Elementary School, $605

STEM Project, Tiffany Thrasher, New Albany Elementary School, $479.95

Learning History through Literature, 4th Grade ELA Team, New Albany Elementary School, $882.44

4th Grade Literature Circles, Hanna Basil, New Albany Elementary School, $297.48

Light Up PreK, Lisa Topper & Emilee Stubblefield, New Albany Elementary School, $1,517.90

Urban Community, Jalon Bullock, School of Career & Technical Education, $449.34

21st Century Electronics, Latrina Walker, $925