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JPS Administrators Promoted to Key Leadership Roles in Support of Academics

June 15, 2021

Marvin Grayer Rajeeni Scott
Dr. Marvin Grayer Dr. Rajeeni Scott

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees approved the appointments of Dr. Marvin Grayer and Dr. Rajeeni Scott to key leadership roles in support of academics. Dr. Grayer will take on the role of Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools, and Dr. Scott has been promoted to Executive Director of School Support.

Dr. Marvin Grayer previously served as principal at Blackburn Middle School in JPS. He was also a District-level principal coach and served on the principal's advisory committee to the superintendent. Dr. Grayer works with community partners and stakeholders to establish and maintain key partnerships and collaborations centered on providing transformative teaching and learning experiences for teachers and students at Blackburn Middle School. His work will continue for all middle schools as Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools. 

Before coming back to JPS, Dr. Grayer served as a K-12 Regional Director serving Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama for the Southern Dropout Prevention Alliance based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Prior to that, he served as an administrator and principal for school districts in the state of Mississippi and Georgia, including as the principal of Whitten Middle School from 2004-2009. Over a 23-year career, Dr. Grayer has gained experience in enhancing and developing evidence-based instructional practices with students' unique learning styles in mind, creating safe and productive learning environments, and designing sustainable professional development programs at the school, district, and state levels. Additionally, Dr. Grayer has developed expertise in improving the quality of teaching and learning through the development or enhancement of school-based administrative teams. 

Dr. Grayer earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Science in School Administration degrees from Mississippi State University. He completed his Specialist of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Mississippi College and his Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership at William Carey University. Dr. Grayer was selected to serve as a facilitator/consultant for the Harvard Principal Institute and as a school transformation specialist/consultant for the Georgia Department of Education. 

Dr. Rajeeni Clay-Scott previously served as the Director of State and Federal Programs in the Office of School Support in JPS. The areas she supported included ensuring that all students have equitable access to quality instruction through the use of Title I funding, ensuring compliance with all federal requirements, and management of all federal budgets. She also served as a staff officer in the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Federal Programs. In that capacity, she provided statewide technical assistance to Federal Program directors on the implementation of federal education programs including Title I, Title II, Title V, charter schools, and equitable services to private schools. She began her career in JPS as an Instructional Assistant, kindergarten and 3rd-grade teacher, and K-5th grade Interventionist. In each role, she worked diligently to meet the unique needs of all students. 

Dr. Scott has earned three degrees in education from Jackson State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Elementary Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She and her husband Demarcus Scott Sr. have three children, Vincent, Ivy, and Marcus.