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New Principals Named at Blackburn, Callaway, Marshall and Walton

July 15, 2021

Rachea Williams LaRoy Merrick Glenn Kane Shemeka McClung
Rachea Williams LaRoy Merrick Glenn Kane Dr. Shemeka McClung

Jackson Public Schools has named new principals at four schools for the upcoming school year. The new appointees are:

  • Dr. Rachea Williams at Marshall Elementary School
  • LaRoy Merrick at Walton Elementary School
  • Glenn Kane at Blackburn Middle School
  • Dr. Shemeka McClung at Callaway High School

Dr. Rachea A. Williams, Principal, Marshall Elementary

Dr. Rachea A. Williams most recently served as a JPS A3 Summer Camp Principal at Casey Elementary and Assistant Principal at Bates Elementary. At Bates, she provided support in the areas of personnel administration, school testing, parent and student relations, and implementation of curricular standards. She began her career in JPS nearly 20 years ago and remains dedicated to student success. She has served as a teacher, literacy coach, academy coach, and interventionist.

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Educational Leadership, all from Jackson State University.

LaRoy Merrick, Principal, Walton Elementary

LaRoy Merrick has spent a decade in JPS working with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Previously, he served as an IB coordinator, responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation and management of the program; coordination of all IB-related activities, including implementing curriculum standards, designing and implementing professional development, overseeing the program of inquiry and unit development, and student recruitment and evaluation efforts; and facilitating the collaborative efforts of the Primary Years Program for grades K-5, Middle Years Program for grades 6-10, and the Diploma Program for grades 11-12. Merrick began his career in JPS in 2011 at Siwell Middle School, Northwest Jackson Middle School, Jim Hill High School, and Wingfield High School. He also has experience in central administration as a coordinator of the District’s New Teacher Induction program.

Merrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Mississippi College, and he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Mississippi College.

Glenn Kane, Principal, Blackburn Middle

Glenn Kane will replace Dr. Marvin Grayer, who was promoted to the Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools. Kane previously served as an assistant principal at Blackburn in support of administration and supervision of personnel, academic policy, school testing, design and delivery of professional development, and implementation of curricular standards. Before returning to JPS in 2017, he served in various positions in other school districts, including Lead Teacher, Professional Development Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. His career began in the New Orleans Public School District, where he taught middle school language arts at Charles J. Colton Renaissance Middle School before joining the faculty at Hardy Middle School in JPS. 

Kane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of New Orleans. He completed a Master of Leadership in Education at Mississippi College. 

Dr. Shemeka Sutton-McClung, Principal, Callaway High

Dr. Shemeka Sutton-McClung returns to the District from Pearson Virtual Schools. She led a team of analysts devoted to providing services in academic and socialization areas for student academic growth and personal development. Before joining the Pearson family, she served as the Director for Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at Jackson State University. While at JSU, she served in various leadership roles and capacities, including university accreditation and strategic planning.

Her previous tenure in the District includes serving as District Director for Student Support, Principal and Assistant Principal of Lanier High School, and classroom teacher at Callaway, Lanier, and Wingfield High Schools. As a district and school leader, she led various projects and initiatives, including administration and supervision of personnel, curriculum and instruction, professional development, school finance, student development, and testing and assessment. Her specialty areas include data analysis, instructional leadership, professional development, school management, and student growth. She started her career in JPS teaching various science subjects, including Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Physics, just to name a few. 

Dr. McClung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Jackson State University. She completed her Master of Science in Teaching, Education Specialist in Educational Leadership & Supervision, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership & Supervision degrees at Jackson State University.