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Laura Canard named Holmes’ 2023-24 Humanities Teacher of the Year

Laura Canard of Madison, division chair for the Holmes Community College History and Political Science Department, was selected as the 2023-24 Holmes Humanities Teacher of the Year. She will deliver her scholarly presentation, “The Value of Knowing the Past,” on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at 1:45 p.m. in the McGowan Workforce Training Building on the Ridgeland Campus. A reception will follow the presentation. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“In my presentation, ‘The Value of Knowing the Past,’ I will discuss the importance of knowing history by highlighting different historical events and their importance in the world today as well as our personal lives,” Canard said.

Canard, who teaches in Ridgeland, has taught history and political science courses for Holmes for 13 years on both the Goodman and Ridgeland campuses. Additionally, she has served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor for both the Kappa Alpha Chapter and the Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter. From 2013-15, she was the Healthy at Holmes Coordinator on the Goodman Campus, as well.

Canard attended Holmes from 1996-97 before transferring to Mississippi College. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Social Science in History and Political Science from MC. In addition, she was a student-athlete who played basketball at both Holmes and at MC.

Canard has three children; Coleman (21), Cooper (18) and Mary Crawford (18).

“This is a program conducted by the Mississippi Humanities Council, and we are honored to present this award to Laura,” said Holmes Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Jenny B. Jones.

In addition to presenting at Holmes, Canard will be recognized for this honor at the Mississippi Humanities Council’s annual spring gala that will be held in Jackson.


IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Laura Canard, division chair for the History and Political Science Department and an instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus. She has been named the 2023-34 Holmes Humanities Teacher of the Year.

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