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GPSD announces instructional additions and administrative changes

Submitted on: July 31, 2017

Changes have been made in areas of instruction and administration in the Greenwood Public School District in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Chiqueta Daniels, who served as Greenwood Middle School principal, is assuming a Central Office position as k-12 science coordinator. Daniels will provide administrative and academic support for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are science content standards recently adopted by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Daniels has extensive knowledge and experience in science, having taught high school biology, physics, chemistry and anatomy and physiology. She also taught anatomy at the college level. In addition, she has nine years’ administrative experience. “I’m really excited about serving as the district-wide science coordinator. “Today’s emphasis is on science and engineering practices, including technology application and research. The new standards will enhance our students’ abilities to compete globally in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field,” Daniels said. “My vision is for students to become scientists, not just students of science.”  

In addition to Daniels’ new role, the district also has two new principals: Bankston assistant principal Dawn Stamps-West will serve as principal of a new primary school that will be located in the former W.C. Williams building on Carrollton Avenue and will house pre-kindergarten through first grade students. Dr. Michael Johnson, who served as district-wide secondary mathematics curriculum specialist, will serve as GMS principal.

Johnson has been in the field of education for 16 years. He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Jackson State University. He has experience at the elementary, middle, secondary and alternative school levels as a teacher and administrator. During his tenure at various schools, Johnson received the PREPS Value Added Award and the South Delta School District Service Award. He was also a Title I Distinguished School Award recipient and was selected as America Reads Mississippi (ARM) Administrator of the Year. Johnson said he is honored yet humbled and looks forward to serving the community.

Yolanda Greer, a veteran educator who has held several positions throughout her years in the district, will be GMS’s assistant principal. Greer earned her bachelor degree and master’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University. She also has an education specialist degree in curriculum instruction and professional development and has obtained her administrative leadership license. She has served as a teacher, reading coach, literacy coach and interim director at the Alternative School. Greer said she is dedicated to “increasing student achievement.”

Clell Ward, who was GMS’s assistant principal, is now the director of the district-wide Alternative Program. Ward has been in the district for four years and has taught sixth and seventh grade science and social studies. Prior to entering the educational field, he was a law enforcement officer for 15 years and worked in numerous departments, including in Greenwood, Leflore County and Greenville areas. He also served as the director of the Narcotics Task Force serving nine counties throughout Mississippi and has extensive knowledge and skills in grant writing.

Special education literacy coach Tara Harris will step into West’s position as assistant principal at Bankston Elementary School and special education teacher Jennifer Jordan will fill Harris’ position.

Harris, a MVSU graduate, has been employed with the district for 16 years. She has worked at Bankston for 15 years where she taught first and third grades and was the school’s instructional coach for two years. Harris said it is an honor to serve as Bankston’s assistant principal because Bankston is the school she attended as an elementary student. “My focus as assistant principal is to collaborate with Principal Kirby Love, K-6th grade teachers, staff and parents to help improve student success in both English and reading and math for all students. Teamwork and motivation create student success,” she said.

Jordan, who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MVSU, has worked in the district for nine years as a general education teacher and an inclusion teacher. As the district’s special education literacy coach, she will work with elementary school special education teachers to provide evidence-based reading instruction in alignment with state standards.

Other administrators at the building level include: Davis Elementary School principal Likisha Coleman and assistant principal Denina Flowers; Threadgill Elementary School principal Lachada Purnell and assistant principal Monroe Golden; and Greenwood High School principal Dr. Kenneth Pulley and assistant principals Sabrina Tanner-Moore and Clinton Gatewood.

Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Wilson said the district is still filling some personnel positions. “I am confident that everyone in the district is committed to achieving nothing less than success and is also committed to the district becoming the best option in the state where all students are graduating college and career ready,” she said.

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