The Greenville City Council heard from four applicants for appointment of Trustee to the Greenville Public School Board for a five-year term beginning March 1.
Dr. Loretta Shannon currently holds the trustee seat and is seeking reappointment.
The applicants are Shannon, Dr. Daphne Brown, Dr. David Frierson, Antoinette Williams.
Brown, who was heard from via teleconference, is a compliance specialist and currently serves as the board president for the Community Foundation of Washington County’s Excel by Five program, which is a community-based certification designed to improve a child’s overall well-being by age 5.
Most recently, she held a position as virtual learning facilitator for Walden University and before that, held the same position at Jackson State University for three years.
In the role, Brown served as contributing faculty in the school of education which among several other tasks, entailed providing support as a Subject Matter Expert providing guidance and instruction to students pursuing a Masters of Ph.D in Early Childhood Education via virtual learning portal/tools.
Brown’s other professional attributes and certifications include being a certified child development specialist, a gold standard specialist and experienced conference presenter with the Council for Professional Recognition.
Frierson serves as senior pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church as well as part-time hospice chaplain for Delta Regional Medical Center.
From May 2010 to October 2016, Frierson was a stated clerk for North Texas Presbytery of Gordonville, Texas.
In his role as stated clerk and administrative officer for the Presbytery, which consisted of 90 churches, Frierson prepared budgets, chaired administrative committee meetings and prepared quarterly meeting dockets.
In addition, he wrote and published annual directories and kept churches and pastors informed of meetings and news of the presbytery.
Frierson held the same position back in 1993 for Central Carolina Presbytery in Ellerbe, North Carolina for 13 years.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Pre law with a minor in Economics, a Master of Arts in Divinity and also a Doctorate of Ministry: Pastoral ministry.
Shannon, former administrator and assistant superintendent for Greenville Public School District, has served as an officer and member of the GPSD school board since 2007.
From 2002 to 2011, she was an independent consultant who served as evaluator for the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Achievement and Growth and Office of Federal Programs.
Shannon holds an Ed.D. in elementary education and leadership, an ED.S. in elementary in education and AA Certification in supervision and administration.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master of Arts from Delta State University.
Williams is program director for Child Care Solutions, which entails building and maintaining a sponsorship program which aids child care, adult care, in home daycare and at-risk centers in Mississippi through the process of enrolling and maintaining on the MDE-Child and Adult Care Food Program.
According to Williams, the program created a system of researching early education needs, recruiting centers best suited for the program, giving essential trainings and enrolling and maintaining compliance on the program.
Williams holds a degree in business administration and computer information systems from Delta State University.
In 2018 and 2019, she was awarded GPSD parent of the year.
The council will vote for the appointment of Trustee to the Greenville Public School Board at the next council meeting, which is set for Feb. 18.