Dellenger Awarded Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grant

BILOXI, Miss.- Principal Dr. Matt Buckley is proud announce that Mrs. Renee Dellenger is the recipient of the Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grant for 2022.

The grant itself is funded by Hancock Whitney and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Seal grants recognize exceptional commitment to teaching and fund outstanding projects that enhance students’ educational experiences and support state curriculum in the eight Mississippi counties in which Hancock Whitney does business.

Mrs. Dellenger teaches Accounting and Personal Finance to juniors and seniors. In the course, students learn key personal finance concepts important to future financial security such as budgeting.

“It is such an honor to receive this grant and recognition,” Dellenger said. “Financial literacy is such an important subject, and this class teaches students how to manage their money and live debt free, successful lives. They will leave St. Patrick with knowledge that few others have and will give them an advantage in the real world.”

“I am very proud of Mrs. Dellenger for being awarded the Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grant,” Dr. Matt Buckley said. “She is most deserving of this award as she brings innovation and creativity to her classroom instruction each day and always strives to make course content relevant to real life situations when it comes to personal finances. I am excited to see her put this grant to use and continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our students at St. Patrick.”

Both Leo W. Seal and Leo W. Seal, Jr., were deeply committed to the South Mississippi Community and demonstrated this through their leadership and dedication to the progressive development of this region. In November of 1993, Hancock Bank established a permanent endowment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support efforts of educators in South Mississippi.

Dellenger says she plans to use the $2000 grant to purchase a virtual business- personal finance computer simulation for her class.