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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 Burchfield

Executive Director

MS School Superintendents


MS Public Schools


School Disctricts


Public School Students


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