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JMCSS Honors Parent Volunteers for their Dedication


JACKSON, TN – From leading PTO fundraisers to helping grade papers in a classroom, parents play a vital role at many Jackson-Madison County Schools. Involved parents contribute dramatically to academic success by encouraging their students with coursework, valuing attendance, and more.


Each November, the district celebrates National Parent Involvement Week, an annual opportunity to celebrate and recognize the parents who work hard to contribute to our school system. This year, each principal selected one parent to be recognized for their outstanding service, support and dedication to the students of JMCSS. The selected parents were recognized at a lunch event and presented with certificates of recognition.


“I just wanted to see the faces and express our gratitude in person,” said Title I Parent & Community Engagement Coordinator, Angela Searcy, who planned the event. The Superintendent also thanked the parents for their dedication and service.

One principal, David Wicker from West Bemis Middle School, said of his selected parent, “Mr. Burkhead has supported our school since the day the doors opened. His daughter and son have both attended West Bemis. Whether it be open house, athletic events, helping to organize a PTO, or just volunteering time to the school, he has always been here to help out.”


The following parents were recognized:

 JMCSS Parents honored at Parent Engagement Day celebration.

Michael Allmond, Isaac Lane

Jessica Arwood, BEST Academy

Billy Burkhead, West Bemis Middle School

Jeanette Burton, JCM Early College High School

Nakita Cain, Andrew Jackson Elementary School

Yolanda Cole, Alexander Elementary School

Tina Emerson, North Side High School

Heather Green, Community Montessori School

Rhonda Hampton, Rose Hill School

Erin Hornsby, South Side High School

Kelli Jones, Denmark Elementary School

Darlene Jordan, South Elementary School

Jennifer Latham, East Elementary School

LaTonya Marsh, Liberty Technology Magnet High School

Hardy Marshall, Thelma Barker Elementary School

Matt Marshall, Arlington Elementary School

Ashley Smith, Pope School

Jenci Spradlin, Madison Academic

Tenesha Turley, Lincoln Elementary

Donald Vales, BEST Academy

Sheree Williams, Alexander Elementary School

Celeste Winters-Blow, Northeast Middle School

Selena Woods-Higgins, JCT