Academic Coaches

Mrs. Melody Craft

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Mrs. Melody Craft

My name Melody Pennington Craft and I am a native of Meridian, Mississippi and received my bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2003. In May 2018, I graduated with my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University. I have 14 years of teaching experience in middle school inclusion, high school interventions and English II. I currently serve as an Academic Coach for Meridian Public School District. I love my job! Pedro Noguera once stated, “You don’t have to change the student population to get results, you have to change the conditions under which they learn”. I believe ALL students can learn and it is our responsibility as educators to provide them with the best possible learning environment and resources needed to be successful.

My husband Robert and I have been married for two years. Our son was born in May of 2016 and we have fallen head over heels in love with him. We love to travel and enjoy SEC sports. Hail State and Go Cats!!

Mrs. Rebecca Davis

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Mrs. Rebecca Davis

My name is Rebecca Davis. I am a native of Butler, Alabama. I received my bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. I received my master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama. I am also certified in middle school science, math and reading. I have sixteen years teaching experience. Twelve of these years were in elementary education, mainly fourth grade math and the other four years I taught seventh and eighth grade science. This will be my fifth year with the Meridian Public School District. While in Meridian, I was chosen Teacher of the Year in 2017 at West Hills Elementary. This is my first year as an Academic Coach. I am very excited about this opportunity. I really love teaching. I believe all children can learn and just need a little extra help sometimes to realize their full potential. I want to help grow these children.

My husband, Rick and I have been married thirty years. We have two daughters, Rhyann and Reanna. We love to travel and spend time with family.

Mrs. Yolanda Davis

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Mrs. Yolanda Davis

My name is Yolanda Renea Davis. I am a native of Brooksville, MS. After graduating from West Alabama where I earned a bachelor’s degree in business technology, I enrolled in Mississippi State University earning a Master of Arts Teaching Middle Level Education. I have been an educator with the Meridian Public School District for five years. My areas of expertise are reading, language arts, and writing. Teaching children is a job that cannot be taken for granted.  It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is also full of pleasure, wonder, and joy. I strongly believe that every child is capable of learning when they have the adequate motivation and direction from their teachers. My educational philosophy is that education is a necessity that should be afforded to all individuals despite their religion, socio-economic background, race, or community. As stated by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This is one of my favorite quotes because without an education one is unable to grow as an individual and “Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.

Miss Kiera Ezell

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Miss Kiera Ezell

My name is Kiera S. Ezell. I am a native of Grove Hill, AL. Grove Hill is a small town in south Alabama. Even though the town was very small and sometimes boring, school was one of the most enjoyable places for me. Being an educator has always been my dream.  I was able to further my education after high school at the University of West Alabama. At UWA, I received my B.S. and M.Ed. in Elementary Education. I was able to fulfill my dream of teaching in August 2012. I have been in education for the last six years. With my passion and innovativeness, I was able to receive the recognition of being Teacher of the Year and Top Teacher of the District my second year with Meridian Public Schools. I have a desire to teach the unteachable, love the unlovable, and reach the unreachable. I believe that every child is capable of learning. Every child may not learn on the same day or in the same way, but they all are capable of learning. My daily goal is to pour all I have into each and every scholar and teacher that I serve.

Miss Melanie Jackson

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Miss Melanie Jackson

I’m Melanie Jackson.  I am a native of Franklin County Mississippi. I graduated from the University of West Alabama with a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have been an elementary educator for 3 years.  I have always had a desire to help others and become an educator. My mother was my biggest cheerleader when it came to pursuing my dreams. My senior year of high school, my favorite math teacher Ms. Dubose knew my passion for teaching; therefore, she helped me to become a part of the teacher support staff.  I was given the opportunity to work in small group helping students in areas they struggled. It was at that moment that I was sure teaching is what I wanted to do. I love teaching all subject areas and find students learning and “a-ha” moments the joy of my educational experience. Math is my love; however, I really just love watching students grow and learn in any content area. I believe when students are taught in an environment that is engaging and consist of diverse instruction they will succeed.  In order for learning to take place, one has to realize that students “Don’t care how much a person know, until they realize how much a person care”.  – John C. Maxwell

Mr. Derrick Johnson

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Mr. Derrick Johnson

Derrick A. Johnson was raised in the northwestern part of Mississippi -- Water Valley, MS to be exact. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with his Bachelor's degree, he relocated to Meridian, MS to teach English II at Meridian High School. Since, he has also taught Dual Credit English Composition, AP English Literature, and AP English Language. Engagement and relevance best describe Johnson's teaching philosophy. After six years in the classroom, he believes that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process and when they find learning to be relevant and meaningful to them. Johnson has been recognized for his years of service. He has been awarded Teacher of the Month on separate occasions by Meridian High School and by Mayor Percy Bland and the city of Meridian. He was also a recipient of the Golden Apple Teacher of the Month Award, and was even invited by Delta State University as a speaker to share his knowledge of the state's standards to a group of Mississippi teachers. Johnson has earned Master's and Educational Specialist degrees from Mississippi State University in 2013 and 2016 respectively. When he is not teaching, Derrick enjoys traveling, watching movies, and exercising.

Miss Mable Moore

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Miss Mable Moore

My name is Mable Moore, and I am a native of Meridian, MS. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I received a Master’s degree in Education from William Carey University. I am currently enrolled in the Education Leadership Program at Arkansas State University. I have 12 years of experience in education, all of which has been with the Meridian Public School District. While serving as a classroom teacher, I have taught kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade. My areas of expertise include ELA and Mathematics in grades K-5. My educational philosophy includes building positive relationships with my students based on mutual respect and trust. I strongly feel that all students have strengths, and as educators it is our responsibility to nurture and grow them. As an academic coach, I am able to instill these same principles in teachers. I truly have a passion for working with teachers in order to assist them in becoming the best educators possible. It is extremely important for me to build positive relationships with teachers as I have done in the past with my students. One of my favorite educational quotes by Aristotle is, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I strongly feel that working hand in hand with teachers will ensure that the ultimate goal of student success is achieved.

Mr. Steven Shadwick

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Mr. Steven Shadwick

 I am Steven D. Shadwick, a 31-year old native of Meridian, Mississippi. As a 2005 graduate of Meridian High School, I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Pre-Medicine from Tougaloo College in 2009. While successfully pursuing a medical degree, I made the difficult decision to return to my hometown in 2012 to become the science educator I was destined to be. In my cherished time in the classroom, I have demonstrated a deep commitment to molding model citizens and shaping scholarly scientists. My educational philosophy is centered around giving students something everyday: whether it is instruction, skills for life, or encouragement. While at Magnolia Middle School, I have taught 7th grade, 8th grade, and Biology science courses, mentored a myriad of students, and served as a teacher leader in multiple capacities, completing a Master of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction in March 2017. Over the years, I have had the privilege of securing several grants and being recognized as a Teacher of the Month and Teacher of the Year by my colleagues and administrators. My educational mantra is, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” In the capacity of academic coach, I seek to improve myself, others, and science by striving for excellence daily.