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WCU Alumnus Named New Teacher of the Year

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 23, 2013 - Albert Galeas, a 2012 graduate of William Carey University and current Spanish teacher at N.R. Burger Middle School, was recently named District New Teacher of the Year for the Hattiesburg Public School District. Galeas, who teaches 7th and 8th grade students, began teaching at N.R. Burger in August. The award was presented by Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent James Q. Bacchus during a ceremony at Hattiesburg High School of May 1.

Galeas completed his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with a minor in Spanish in May 2012, and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education at WCU. The son of Armando Galeas and Endina Bailey, Galeas is originally from Honduras and moved to the U.S. at age 11. His family moved to Biloxi five years later, and he attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2009 upon graduation from high school. After one year at MGCCC, Galeas transferred to Carey where he was an active member of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK).  He recently served as keynote speaker for Carey’s 2013 PDK initiation.