Inez_Phillips_smInez Phillips taught for 42 years at Balfour Elementary School, beginning in 1958, making advancements in physical education and endearing herself to students.

The Dana native taught science, in grades 4-6. She was county teacher of the year in 1983. Her students were among highest grade-level performers in the entire school system. She helped Balfour get accredited by the Southern Association of Elementary Schools and Colleges. She was an early proponent of computer use by students. “She was an outstanding teacher, and leader in the school,” said Corum Smith, one of four of her Balfour principals. The first was a future superintendent, Glenn Marlow. Smith describes her as “loyal and dedicated,” a role model to colleagues for “professionalism.”

Mrs. Phillips was lead teacher in developing an elementary physical education program. It propelled Balfour into select status, as a statewide demonstration school in the Seventies.

At Balfour, she “gleaned any ideas and methods” from colleagues. Faculty felt a “family togetherness.”

She said it was a “blessing to teach all of those lovely children. Now, I see what they have accomplished. Many are ministers, educators and in other important fields. It’s very gratifying.”

For Inez Jackson Phillips, education remains a lifelong mission.

2010 Education Hall of Fame