Brian S. Knippers

Brian Knippers has been part of the Corinth School District for twelve years, serving as both a middle and elementary school principal. Currently at Corinth Elementary with over 1,300 students and 100 staff, he has moved the school forward with technology, expanded Pre-K, and improved academic achievement evidenced by a 100% pass rate for third graders on the Mississippi summative assessment last year. His technology initiative to provide iPads or laptops for each student has shown positive outcomes including increased student engagement, development of targeted skills, and a positive outlook on learning for students. Knippers’ implementation of the Cambridge International Curriculum has raised expectations for students in excess of 1.5 grade levels and, while other districts use this for only their top students, Knippers is committed to reaching all students with this program regardless of academic level. Corinth Elementary consistently receives PREPS Value Added awards for achievement in mathematics and language in a student population with high socio-economic need. As a young teacher, Knippers had a passion for science which he still demonstrates with regular demonstrations of science lessons in the Corinth classrooms. Named Middle Level State Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2008, he holds an A.A. from Pearl River Community College, a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.S. from Delta State University, and an administration endorsement from Mississippi College.