HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The Mississippi Historical Society named Sacred Heart History Teacher Theresa Moore as its Mississippi History Teacher of Year.

The annual award is presented to an outstanding teacher of middle school or high school history. The award winner receives a $300 cash award, is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society as the Society’s guest, and is provided a complimentary one-year membership in the Society. Moore received a overwhelming number of nominations from students, parents, school officials and community leaders.

Moore has been teaching for 36 years. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Moore previously taught in Jackson, Mississippi. She has spent the last 26 years at Sacred Heart. She has been an English teacher and is currently a history teacher.

“It’s the kids. I can say that, and I say it all the time. I do what I do because of who they are, and they make me want to be better. They make me want to make class fun, because they’re just so interested, and they get so excited. And that just fires me up,” she said.

The Mississippi Historical Society usually hosts the annual event in Jackson, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization presented Moore the prize in Hattiesburg.