Charlotte Arrowsmith was born in Manchester, England. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and is now a U.S. citizen. She holds a BA in Political Science and is working on a Master of Counseling. Teach for America brought her to Greenwood, MS, which she now calls home. Her teaching motto is: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Fun Facts: In college Charlotte was president of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and 2013 Homecoming Queen.
Courtney Lumpkin has been a classroom teacher for five years. She earned a Master of Teaching from Mississippi Valley State University and holds a BS in Biology. Ms. Lumpkin is passionate about the power of hard work and is motivated to make a positive difference in the world. She believes in this motto: “The only way to fail is to never try at all.” In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family.
Deborri Ware hails from Greenwood, MS. She holds a BS degree in History and an MEd in Special Education, and her career has focused on serving K-12 students with mild and moderate disabilities. Ms. Ware’s interests are volunteering, reading, traveling, watching documentaries, and visiting museums. A quote by Maya Angelou motivates her: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Florina Moreno spent her childhood in San Diego, CA. Her degrees include a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Japanese. After three years tutoring English at San Diego City College, she spent two years as a Language Arts instructor at the Mississippi Valley State University High School Equivalency Program. She draws inspiration from this motto: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” When not helping students prepare for the ACT exam, she may be found playing guitar.
Gail Rayford-Ambeau was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Ambeau is a mother, educator, business owner and visual artist who holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and an MFA in Design. She uses her talents, creativity, and skills to inspire people everywhere, including as an instructor at Alcorn State University, as a fashion designer, as a radio host, and as the columnist behind “Fashion Forward with Gail Ambeau.” She is also the author of “Plugging into Humanities,” published in 2018.
Haley Scott is a native of Swiftown, MS. Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies – Education and a Master of Arts in Convergent Media, and she is pursuing a Master of Education from Belhaven University. She has held the title of ELA Teacher for the past four years. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and writing children’s books. She firmly believes in this motto: “The more you know, the more you grow!”
Greenwood native Kyana Ramsey holds a BS in Kinesiology and an MA in Kinesiology and Disability Studies. Previously she taught through the High School Equivalency Program at Mississippi Valley State University. Ms. Ramsey draws personal and professional inspiration from a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” She enjoys exercising, watching sports, and spending time with family.
Lakia Smith is a native of Greenwood, MS. She holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Speech, Hearing Science, and Special Education, and she is pursuing a Master of Education from Belhaven University. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, exercising, and volunteering in the community. A quote from Nelson Mandela is particularly meaningful to her: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Lakima “Kima” Ross is a Charleston, MS native. Ms. Ross has been in education for six years; her experience includes teaching 6th and 7th grade English Language Arts across the MS Delta. Ms. Ross graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a BA in English. She vocalizes that, “Teaching is not just a job, it is a mission—a true calling.” She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, and watching crime shows.
Greenwood native Monique Johnson holds a BS degree and a Master of Management. Her professional experience includes 12 years at Mississippi Valley State University where she provided guidance and resources to students and alumni to strengthen their professional skills and create a career path leading to a successful future. She views every day as an opportunity to become a better version of herself. Outside school hours, she loves to travel, learn, and read.
Sonja Hardeman was born and raised in Greenwood, MS. She has more than a decade of classroom experience as a teaching assistant and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education. The motto that motivates her is: “Take can’t out of your vocabulary and always try.” In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Tyanna Watkins has lived in both Greenwood and Indianola, MS. She holds a BA in Mass Communication – Journalism from Mississippi Valley State University and is in her second year of classroom teaching. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Watkins likes to think positively and is motivated by this idea: “The sky is the limit, so failure isn’t an option.”
Whitney Christenson is originally from Oregon where she grew up racing motorcycles. She has lived in Mississippi for six years. As a first-generation college student, she earned a BS in Elementary Education, then a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, and an EdS in Elementary Educational Leadership. She is pursuing an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction. One of her passions is family investment in the classroom and its positive impact on student success, and she’s inspired by this quote: “If you don’t stand up for what’s important to you, you will fall for anything.” www.linkedin.com/in/whitney-christenson-9664a31a9
Yolanda Harris is a native of Greenwood, MS. For 16 years, she’s been teaching mathematics to students at multiple levels, ranging from 4th through 9th grades. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Ms. Harris is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children educationally, behaviorally, and spiritually. When faced with life’s challenges, she holds tight to the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”