Barbara Akon - SCCSD Administrator of the Year 2016-2017

Under Ms. Akon’s leadership at A.W. James Elementary School, the school has shown tremendous growth and proficiency in the areas of Reading and Math as well as building teacher capacity and culture change. In 2016, A.W. James was recognized as ranking 5 th in the state of MS with the greatest scale score gains with MKAS for Kindergarten; 85% of third graders passing the GATE test during the first testing; 95% Attendance Rate – yearly average; Growth rate for the low 25% of students – 98.8% in reading and 75.8% in Math according to the MAP assessment, Yard of the Month – October 2015, October, 2016, November 2016 and December 2016 and recipient of the “Sun” and “Flower” awards for November 2016 for the Highest Daily Attendance and the Most Improved Average Daily Attendance. Ms. Akon, a divorcee, is the mother of three children. She is a member of the Lampton Street Church of Christ in Mound Bayou, MS where Dr. Harvey M. Jackson is the Pastor. She enjoys singing, praising God, helping others, spending time with family and the children at AWJ and shopping. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She believes that every child has a civil right to be educated every day.


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