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JPS Appoints Executive Director of Climate and Wellness
Updated June 18, 2019
Ms. Amanda Thomas has been named Executive Director of Climate and Wellness. The JPS School Board approved her appointment at its June 4 regular meeting. The effective date of her new role in the District is July 1 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Thomas has proven her commitment to the students and parents of Jackson Public Schools through 21 years of service in the District. Her teaching career began at French Elementary. She later moved to Boyd and McWillie Elementary Schools where she taught Montessori, a program she helped to establish in JPS. After teaching for nine years, Thomas became the assistant principal of the Montessori program, serving both McWillie and Van Winkle Elementary Schools. Her leadership skills led her to the principal position at Woodville Heights Elementary, the assistant principal position at Sykes Elementary, and to the position as the district’s lead interventionist.
Most recently, Thomas has served as the Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports. In that role, she has been an advocate for children with academic and behavior deficits and has ensured that students received intervention services. She has worked closely with school level interventionists and positive behavior chairs and conducted numerous sessions on classroom management and behavior management for teachers.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Leadership from Mississippi College.
Thomas will steward the newly envisioned Office of Climate and Wellness. As part of the District's restructure plan, Student Support Services will be repurposed to Climate and Wellness and its focus enlarged in the areas of climate, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and social-emotional supports.
"I am excited about this new role, and I believe that every school in this District can improve their culture by changing the environment," said Thomas.