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Mitchell Williams can still hear the words shouted from the stands many years ago during a high school track meet.
On that day, the North Forrest student was up against some of the fastest runners in the state. It didn't cross his mind that he could win — until he heard the reassuring voice of Coach Oliver Johnson.
"He saw something in me that I didn't see myself," Mitchell said.
The race ended up being a pivotal moment in Mitchell’s life. Today, we know him as an inspiring FCA leader, award-winning sportscaster, USM Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and trailblazer in multiple fields. He credits Coach Johnson for giving him the confidence to believe in himself and never give up.
Mitchell's story reminds us that encouragement has the power to change lives. I'm willing to bet that all of us have stories similar to Mitchell's — memories of educators who inspired us to dig deeper, work harder and go farther.
We hope Mitchell's story and many others like it will inspire more Mississippians to become teachers. MASS launched the Unleash Possible campaign to raise awareness about the state's teacher shortage and encourage students to pursue careers in education. You can help by sharing our video and calling attention the work we're doing at MASS to create a brighter future for Mississippi.
Phillip G BurchfieldExecutive Director
MS School Superintendents
MS Public Schools
Public School Students
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As a long-time MASS member, I am excited about their commitment to keep everyone informed. Improvements to the website and social media are especially helpful.
MASS has been invaluable to me. From my very first summer conference to the Superintendent's Network to current day, I have gained much knowledge, grown as a superintendent, and made friends for life. I strongly recommend getting involved with MASS.
MASS is one of the most detailed and thorough organizations I've had the pleasure of working with. They are true advocates for public education in Mississippi, providing members with a comprehensive set of programs and services that are nothing less than excellent.
MASS impacts my career in numerous ways but notably in the area of professional development. The opportunity to attend conferences that provide current and relevant information is paramount. Being exposed to new strategies and best practices enables me to expand my professional knowledge. This allows me to take new and innovative ideas back to my district.
Every MASS conference provides me with relevant information about current issues that I can apply to the day-to-day experiences as a superintendent. More importantly, attending these conferences affords me an avenue to connect with a "like group" of colleagues to call, lean on, and share with as we all strive to lead educators and grow students.
Thanks to MASS for its work to prepare leaders who inspire students to reach their fullest potential every day. That is the key to excellence in public education and it is our pleasure to be your partner.
I am thrilled to be a part of the new superintendent mentoring program sponsored by MASS. This was a vision that MASS had to utilize the expertise of experienced superintendents to grow new ones in the field, and I think it's working beautifully. Having someone who has been in the trenches that is just a phone call away is invaluable. Additionally, the value of a network of professionals to learn from and lean on is a major positive. I look forward to growing in my leadership through the program.
MASS helps the superintendents throughout the state communicate with one voice. It’s very easy to focus solely on each person’s respective district. MASS affords me the opportunity to view the educational issues through a statewide lens.
MASS provides a network of professional colleagues to exchange ideas, information and advice. Communication among district leadership on key issues is critical in our profession.
We have spent some time working with MASS on strategic issues related to the future of our district. They are a terrific resource driven by effective leadership that is focused on getting results for its members.
Millsaps Executive Education is honored to support Mississippi's School Superintendents in its quest to build better leaders in Mississippi—whether they're growing our kids as leaders, strengthening their staff and faculty teams, or challenging themselves to be and do their best. Leadership is at the heart of everything that is accomplished in our schools and the communities we serve. Millsaps is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your team!
MASS has played a very integral role in my career dating back to my first-year cohort. The training from then until has been a tremendous asset to me professionally. The relationships made through MASS continue to help me on a daily basis.
If you are looking for a true partner who genuinely supports Mississippi school districts and administrators, I highly recommend the Mississippi Association of Schools Superintendent.