Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recently honored its 2012 Instructors of the Year was celebrated at the Jefferson Davis Campus. This year’s honorees are Yolanda Mayberry, human services technology instructor at the Jackson County Campus; Ryan Pierini, Fine Arts Department chair and theatre instructor at the Jefferson Davis Campus; and, Sandra Cassibry, visual arts instructor at the Perkinston Campus.
Mayberry has been at Gulf Coast for almost 13 years. Originally from Louisiana, she has a bachelor of arts degree in social work from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree in business administration executive leadership from William Carey University. Her work history includes working as a family self-sufficiency coordinator with Mississippi Regional Housing and an area supervisor for MINACT Inc. She has won multiple service awards for her work in the community, including United Way Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007; the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the Moss Point School District in 2004; the Lamplighters Award for Community College Instructors in 2003; and, the Heritage Award for Outstanding Community Service, Lifesaver 2004. Mayberry was an MGCCC Leadership Development Phase I and Phase II graduate and won the Lofton Award in 2003 and 2007 as club sponsor for the Human Services Club.
Pierini has taught at the college for 11 years. A native of Chicago, Pierini moved to an Atlanta suburb as a teenager. He received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre with an emphasis in performance from Georgia College and State University and, after receiving a full scholarship to the University of Mississippi to study theatre, completed his master of fine arts degree in acting.
Cassibry is well known in Stone County for the beautiful mosaic walls she has assembled in Blaylock Park in Wiggins and for children’s books, such as “The Longleaf and Me A to Z,” on which she collaborates for elementary students. A native of Long Beach, she has worked at the college for 12 years. A Gulf Coast alumna, she has a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education, with additional endorsements in art and reading from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also has two master’s degrees, one in art and one in curriculum and instruction/administration, from William Carey University. Always ambitious, she is currently working on a collaborative art show with a coworker; completing the sixth and final mosaic in the city park; completing a second collaborative children’s book, “The Watershed and Me A to Z”; publishing her own book, “Mississippi Angels”; working to complete the grant project for the Community Arts Center/Dairy Barn Renovation in Perkinston; and, developing a 3D design/ceramics program for the Perkinston Campus.