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Penny Wallin, Ed.D


Penny Wallin, Ed.D

Office: MSU-Meridian
Phone: 601.484.0182
Fax: 601.484.0279
Email: pwallin@meridian.msstate.edu

Educational Background:

Dr. Penny Wallin is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Mississippi State University’s Meridian Campus after thirty-five years of K-12 experience that includes serving in administrative positions in Miami-Dade, Dorchester, MA, Hoboken, NJ, Sarasota, FL, Hattiesburg, MS, and Picayune, MS. Prior to becoming a well-known educator, Dr. Wallin traveled around the world with the USO performing for the U.S. Military. Dr. Wallin’s love of theatre took her to New York and sparked her interest in drama therapy with children. Her skills in theatre were valuable during the 1963 Miss New Jersey Pageant where she placed as first runner-up with a performance of Lady Macbeth. A former English teacher, Principal, and School Superintendent, she has a continuing interest in arts in education, effective learning environments and preparing emerging teachers and leaders for 21st century schools. She is the current Executive Director of the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wallin received her education training from Rider University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Harvard University where she studied brain-based learning and learning environments. Areas of certification included English, social studies, theatre, K-12 curriculum/supervision, learning environments, and school administration. Dr. Wallin helped redesign the Educational Leadership programs in 2013, served on the Mississippi Department of Education writing team for the Early Childhood Education standards, and has served with NCATE on the Board of Examiners. She is one of the first 81 National Board Certified Teachers (NCBT) in the United States and one of the first two NBCT in Mississippi. Other honors include Dewitt Wallace/Readers Digest Fellow at Bread Loaf School of English, former President of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Gamma Gamma Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for the Boy Scouts of America.

Research Interest:

  • Brain-based Learning, Teaching, and Discipline
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts Integration
  • Educational Leadership: Leaders for the 21st Century
  • Teacher Mentor/Beginning Teacher Programs

Classes Taught:

  • Leadership Internship I, II
  • Issues in Education
  • Managing the Secondary Classroom
  • Teaching Content Reading and Writing in Secondary Schools
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Educating Diverse Learners
  • School Culture Leadership
  • Leading Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Directed Studies (Ed.S.)