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2nd Grade

Teacher: Lauren Young
Teacher's Assistant: Leah Corhern
My name is Lauren Young, and I am so excited to be teaching second grade at Annunciation!  I  graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2016 with my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education.  I am currently pursuing my masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. This is my fifth year of teaching, and also my fifth year teaching at Annunciation. I taught first grade for one year, and this will be my fourth year teaching second grade. I couldn't have imagined a better first few years of teaching. It truly is a family here at ACS! I am so thankful that God led me to such a special place right after graduating from college. 
My goal for our classroom will be to provide an optimal learning environment for your child that will be both challenging and nurturing.  My philosophy for education is simple:  I want children to WANT to learn.  I do this by providing engaging and fun activities for students in the learning environment.  I am looking forward to a year full of fun and learning! 
My name is Leah Corhern and I am very excited to be Mrs. Young’s assistant! I am originally from Brandon, MS where I attended St. Jude Catholic Church. I joined the Annunciation Catholic School family two years ago as an after-hours assistant. Last year was my first year as a second grade assistant. My son will be a fourth grader at the school in the fall. I am also a proud graduate of MSU, where my husband Hunter works as the band coordinator.
In addition to working at ACS, I lead the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd level one atrium at Annunciation Catholic Church. This experience will assist me in my other role as the 2nd grade religion teacher. I look forward to helping you and your child through this sacramental year!


Teacher: Mary Helon Hays

My name is Mary Helon Hays, and I am the new second grade teacher. I am thrilled to be a part of the Annunciation family. I graduated in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and completed my bachelors degree in Elementary Education in December. 2019 For the past four years, I have worked in the West Point Consolidated School district as an assistant teacher of dyslexia therapy and an assistant teacher in a first-grade classroom. I also have experience as a registered behavior technician working with children with autism.

My teaching philosophy centers around the whole child. Building a positive rapport with my students is something very important to me. I want to be able to know them personally. Not just them as students but as people. My goal is to create a positive and nurturing environment, and I want my students to receive the most out of their learning. I am so excited to begin this school year at ACS!