Employer: Jones County (GA) Board of Education
Title: Executive Director of Student Services.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
The most rewarding aspect of my work is collaborating with community stakeholders to remove barriers to student achievement. I am blessed to work in Gray, a small town in Georgia located about 1.45 hours from Atlanta. In Gray, I can call on local businesses, faith-based groups, and other stakeholders to support innovative initiatives with financial donations and depend on them to volunteer their time and talents, assist with meeting the needs of at-risk students, and offer an outpour of help whenever asked no matter the challenge. Through collaboration, I eyewitnessed barriers to learning removed, thereby increasing student achievement, attendance, and participation in curricular and extracurricular activities.
What is the greatest benefit of being a NAPSA member?
The greatest benefit of being a NAPSA member is professional learning. The NAPSA Conference includes diverse topics with best practices to support the whole child, which is helpful for me as a school district administrator working in a small rural school district. Undoubtedly, the monthly NAPSA newsletter is a stellar resource that keeps me on the vanguard about topics impacting the work of student services administrators.