Dear Madison Crossing Family,
It is so nice to have everyone back at school and off to a great start! Your children have jumped right back into their routines and are busy, busy, busy reading, writing and learning. I am excited about the opportunity for you to interact with your child’s teacher(s) at “Parent Orientation” and find out what your child’s day is really like. We will answer any questions that you have, so make plans to attend!
I am pleased to announce that we have resumed our fitness program, “Walk, Madison Crossing” and will continue it throughout the year. If your children have been asking to “walk,” make sure that they are at school by 7:30 a.m. We walk every morning from 7:30-7:45. This is a great way to keep all of our students active and to teach them about participating in “healthy lifestyles.” We are also enjoying the “extra room” in the building to stretch out and really move.
This month we will assess your children using the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment to see where each child must grow academically. Each teacher will gather this assessment data and then set up conference times to meet and go over the data with you. This is a wonderful source of information for us and we are anxious to sit with you to partner in your child’s learning. We will also send home state test reports for our 4th and 5th grade students in their 1st report card, so be on the look out!
This year promises to be a great one—we already have a VERY full calendar of learning planned. I want to thank each of you for entrusting your child’s education to our faculty and staff. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by your children every day.
Professional Work Experience:
1) Currently principal at Madison Crossing Elementary (since 2006)
2) Previous position was as principal at East Flora Elementary School in Madison County (2001-2006) prior to coming to Madison Crossing Elementary.
3) Prior to joining Madison County Schools, she was an assistant professor at Mississippi College in Clinton in the "Teacher Education" department (1996-2001). She taught reading, language arts and general teaching methods classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. She supervised student teachers in all of the Madison County Elementary schools.
4) Worked as a "Literacy Support Specialist" in Jackson Public Schools. Primary responsibilities included conducting professional development sessions, providing demonstration lessons in various elementary classrooms and supporting teachers as they worked towards "inclusion of best practices" in their own teaching.
5) Taught in regular education classes in both Jackson, Mississippi (JPS) and Monroe, Louisiana (Ouachita Parish School District) ranging from first grade to sixth grade.
1) Received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana (1987).
2) Received a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Northeast Louisiana in Monroe, Louisiana (1989).
3) Received a Ph.D. in Elementary Curriculum with an emphasis in Reading and a minor concentration in Educational Leadership (1997).
4) Completed the Madison County Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Madison County" (2006).
Presented "Outstanding Young Educator of the Year" by the Jackson Jaycees in 1993 and was nominated to win "Outstanding Young Jacksonian of the Year" from all of the service award recipients in 1993.