i2 – Inspire & Innovate

Where collaboration inspires innovation and prepares students to solve real world challenges.

i2 in the Classroom

List of 5 items.

  • Virginia Buchanan

    Virginia Buchanan’s sixth grade math classroom puts the inspiration and innovation into i2 with its use of flexible seating and the Concept Study Approach, which blends exploration, collaboration, rich talk, risk-taking, and reflection. After all, in math (and life), we grow best together, in community.
  • Emily Philpott

    In her World History and AP Psychology courses, Emily Philpott leverages all of the features of the i2 room to empower students to make learning visible. They make sense of high-level questions by capturing thoughts on her writable walls, moving from question to question in pairs to add on to the already-existing ideas. Students learn that historical sense-making is most nuanced when it incorporates multiple texts, multiple voices, and multiple perspectives.
  • Wesley Saylor

    Wesley Saylor knows that the best language instruction happens at the intersection of collaborative performance, social communication, and culture. Drop by his class and you will likely see his students re-enacting a French wedding, or shouting French while sitting in a row of chairs meant to represent a broken car on a crowded interstate. It turns out that the best way to learn a language is to live it.
  • Ruthie Taylor

    Students don’t have a moment to zone out in Ruthie Taylor’s Speech and Debate or Drama classes. Engaged through textual analysis, whole body warm ups, improvisation exercises, peer critique, and video tools to self-assess their own performances, Ruthie pushes active learning to new heights. 
  • Valerie Dembny

    Valerie Dembny is a true asset to our St. Andrew’s community because of her creative, innovative approach to fourth-grade math instruction, and her willingness to inspire, lead, and support her colleagues, enhancing math instruction across the entire Lower School.  

i2 Team – What We Do

We lead educators and innovators committed to helping teachers develop measurable strategies that maximize learning.

We offer everything from tech-centered ideas to pedagogical best practices learned from years in the classroom.

We support the individual goals of professional teachers, not pushing any particular teaching method over another. 

We document and curate the innovative work you are already doing to further inspire our colleagues.
i2 Classrooms – Where We Innovate

Three remodeled i2 classrooms will serve to support a range of innovative, research-based technologies that bolster teaching and learning.

These new classrooms will serve as living and breathing research sites that support teachers by measuring impact and improving practices. 

Teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to visit the i2 classrooms so that we can explore every possible perspective on how the space might be used.
i2 Labs – Where We Find Inspiration

i2 labs are brainstorming hubs where teachers can go for professional support, additional resources, and fine-tuning of ideas.  

i2 labs will feature both “drop in” hours when teachers can imagine new possibilities as well as a schedule to arrange meetings with particular i2 team members. 

Innovation Blogs by Teachers

The i2 Team

List of 12 members.

  • Mrs. Sara Douglas 

    Director of Information Services and Online Learning, Director of Libraries, North Campus School Lib
    (601) 853-6010
    Kent State University - MLIS
    Bowling Green State University - BS
  • Dr.  Shea Egger 

    Associate Head of Lower School for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
    (601) 987-9300
    Delta State University - EdD
    Delta State University - EdS
    Delta State University - MEd
    Mississippi State University - BS
  • Mr. Perry Goldsbury 

    7th Grade Science Teacher
    Mississippi College - MS
    University of Texas - Brownsville - BS
  • Mrs. Carla Kelly 

    2nd Grade Teacher
    (601) 853-6000 x 6317
    Belhaven College - BS
  • Mrs. Hannah King 78

    5th Grade English Teacher, 5th Grade Team Leader
    (601) 853-6000 x 6211
    Millsaps College - B.S.
  • Mrs. Mary McCall McArthur 

    1st Grade Teacher
    University of Mississippi - BA
  • Mr. Marks McWhorter 06

    Upper School Science Teacher, Science Department Chair,
    (601) 853-6000
    University of Southern Mississippi - M.S.
    University of Southern Mississippi - B.S.
    University of Southern Mississippi
  • Mrs. Susan Pace 

    3rd Grade Teacher
    (601) 987-9300
    Mississippi State University - BS
  • Mrs. Emily Philpott 

    Upper School History Teacher and Associate Director of Global Studies
    (901) 457-2000
    University of Virginia - MAT
    University of Virginia - BA
  • Dr. Julie Rust 

    Associate Head of Middle and Upper Schools for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation
    Indiana University - PhD
    Taylor University - BA
  • Ms. Megan Whitacre 

    North Campus Technology Integration Specialist
    (601) 853-6000 x 6231
    College of the Holy Cross - BA
  • Mrs. Sheena White 

    Kindergarten Teacher
    Jackson State University - MEd
    Jackson State University - BSEd

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001