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JPS Recognizes Exceptional Leaders as October's Principals of the Month

October 26, 2022

 Dr. Kescher Love-Rankin  Vicki Conley  Jeffrey Mumford  Torrey Hampton

Dr. Kescher Love-Rankin

Vicki Conley Jeffrey Mumford Torrey Hampton


Each month, the JPS administration honors principals who exhibit the core values of equity, excellence, growth mindset, relationships, relevance, and a positive and respectful culture. Congratulations to the following educators on being named October’s Principals of the Month!


Division 1, Elementary School Division

Dr. Kescher Love-Rankin is the principal of Ida B. Wells APAC Elementary School. She has served the educational community for nearly 25 years, and this is her third year leading and learning as the principal of Wells. Throughout her career, she has worked with parents, administrators, teachers, and students in diverse capacities, such as Even Start parent liaison, classroom teacher, master teacher, instructional specialist, elementary curriculum coordinator, MDE external school-based coach, MDE literacy coach, adjunct professor, and lead interventionist. 

Dr. Love-Rankin obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delta State University, a master’s degree in reading from Jackson State University, and a specialist and doctorate in educational leadership from Mississippi College. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and reciting inspirational poetry. Recently, she added published author to her life’s work. Dr. Love-Rankin is driven by purpose, integrity, and commitment, and she seeks to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of all she is privileged to serve.


Division 2, Elementary School Division

Vicki Conley is the principal of Dawson Elementary School. She started her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher in Greenwood, Mississippi. She began working for Jackson Public Schools in 1998 as a second-grade teacher and later became an assistant principal. In her tenure as a building-level administrator, she has led two schools from failing to a successful accountability rating. At John Hopkins Elementary, she helped the school improve from an F to a C. Under her leadership, Dawson Elementary improved from an F to a B during the 2018-2019 school year and is still a successful B-rated school. Principal Conley involves community partners and parents in initiatives that promote achievement, growth, and confidence in the scholars at Dawson.

Under her leadership, Dawson Elementary School is a family of scholars, parents, the community, and faculty working together to educate every child, every day, in every way. All are welcome to visit and experience a sense of community, positive energy, and respect.


Middle School Division

Jeffrey Mumford is the principal of Brinkley Middle School. Previously, he served as principal of Hazlehurst High School in the Hazlehurst School District. At Hazlehurst, he set high expectations for students by promoting ethics and integrity. He incentivized academic achievement by incorporating a full slate of Advanced Placement classes and by establishing the ACT Club and the Hall of Fame. Prior to his time at Hazlehurst, he led Moss Point High School from an F to a C accountability rating. As the principal there, Mr. Mumford facilitated productive learning environments by executing programs to effectively address discipline and attendance. He also evaluated classroom instruction to ensure learning strategies were employed with fidelity. He was also named an Administrator of the Year by the Moss Point School District.

Mr. Mumford earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Science in educational administration from Jackson State University. He completed his educational specialist degree in educational leadership at Mississippi College. He also participated in the Millsaps College Principals Summer Institute. Mr. Mumford is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students through the development, communication, and stewardship of a vision of learning.


High School Division

Mr. Torrey Hampton is the principal of Forest Hill High School, also known as the University of South Jackson. His tenure at Forest Hill began in 2018. Since then, his time and energy have been spent transforming the culture and climate of the school along with ensuring that the academic integrity of the scholars is the primary focus. Under his leadership, the school community has seen increases in academics, teacher retention, and graduation rates.

His educational career began in 1999 in the Holmes County School District, where he taught a fifth-grade, self-contained class. The following year, he also taught sixth-grade math. In August 2002, Mr. Hampton was hired at Blackburn Middle School where he taught sixth-grade math until May 2013. While at Blackburn, he was team leader for a sixth-grade team, head boys’ basketball coach, and track coach. Mr. Hampton also had the opportunity to dive into leadership at Blackburn by leading enrichment programs during the summer and stepping in when members of the administration team were out.

Mr. Hampton is a seventeen-year military veteran. He was honorably discharged with a rank of 02 (1st Lieutenant).  Mr. Hampton holds degrees from Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University.  He is currently completing a doctoral program at Jackson State University.

Congratulations and keep up the excellent work!