Memphis-Shelby County Education Association Board of Directors

Keith O. Williams

Keith Williams is an English teacher currently on leave from the school system while serving as President of the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association.  He also worked as a curriculum specialist for MCS and has taught in Knoxville, West Memphis, AR as well as Memphis and Shelby County school systems.  Mr. Williams earned his BS in English from Knoxville College; his MS from Trevecca University and his Administration & Supervision degree from the University of Mississippi.  He has chaired most committees of the Association and has also served as MEA Treasurer.  Mr. Williams has attended TEA and NEA Assemblies for many years and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English.  Keith Williams is proud to serve M-SCEA as President and believes that together, educators can achieve great things!


Sammy Jobe, President-Elect 

Sammy Jobe is currently on leave from Shelby County Schools serving as President-Elect of M-SCEA.  He has worked for SCS for 23 years.  Mr. Jobe has been a member of his professional Association for 23 years as well and says that, “serving the Association at the local and state level has provided me with valuable experience and knowledge to advocate for teachers’ rights, better pay, increased benefits, and improved retirement benefits.”  Sammy Jobe was president of the Shelby County Education Association prior to the merger with MEA  and has also served as AR as well as a Board Member for SCEA.  Mr. Jobe served 6 years on the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Directors and also served 3 years on the TEA Board of Directors.  He has been a delegate to both the TEA and NEA Representative Assemblies for 14 years and has held many other positions of leadership within TEA.  Sammy Jobe is a dedicated educator who believes (and supports) public schools that provide a positive and safe environment for students and teachers!


Diccie Smith, Secretary & NEA Director


Myrtle B. Malone, Treasurer

Myrtle Malone has 39 years education experience and 39 years as an Association member! Ms. Malone earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master’s + 45 from The University of Memphis.  She served as Treasurer for the MEA Board, Chairperson of the Membership Committee and National Teacher Day Committee. Ms. Malone has attended the TEA RA 21 times and NEA-RA 21 times. She has been nominated for Rotary Teacher of the Year and awarded Counselor of the Year. Ms. Malone has served on professional organizations such as National Council of Negro Women, Friends of the Orpheum and Board member of New Growth in Christ Christian Center.


Barbara Clark, Elementary School Director
Barbara Clark is a Pre-K teacher at Southwind Elementary School and has 36 years experience in education!  She erned her bachelor`s degree from Tougaloo College and her master`s degree from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA.  Ms. Clark has served on many Association committees including Human Relations; Minority Affairs and the TEA Credentials Committee.  She has been a delegate to the TEA RA 13 times and NEA 5 times.  Ms. Clark is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and has been appointed to various committees throughout the district.  Ms. Clark says, "My interest and involvement in Professional Organizations began in College as a State Student Education Association Representative and has remained consistent throughout my professional career.  As a former member of the Shelby County Education Association Board of Directors, I feel honored to share my 36 years of experience and knowledge with the new M-SCEA Board!" 


Tom Emens, Elementary School Director; TEA Board Member - District 15
Tom Emens is a 2nd grade teacher at Cordova Elementary and has 14 years teaching experience and 14 years as an Association member! Mr. Emens earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice from The University of Memphis and a Masters of Education from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN. He currently serves on the TEA Board of Directors-District 15 and serves as chairman on the PECCA Committee. Mr. Tom Emens states that his experience has taught him that an INDIVIDUAL can take a stand and be easily defeated, however, when individuals unite toward a common goal, strength is assured and their cause is not easily overcome!


Jesse Jeff, Elementary School Director  Jesse Jeff currently teaches 2nd grade at Delano Elementary and has been teaching for 16 years and has been a member of his professional Association for 16 years! He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LeMoyne-Owen College and has his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University. Mr. Jeff has been involved in several committees at M-SCEA. He has been chairman of the Men of Education Committee, a member of the political action committee, Chairman of the Tenure Review Team, Chairman of Constitution and Bylaws and an Association Representative. He has served on the Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee and is a member of the Memphis Boy Scout Council. Mr. Jeff served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for the St. Louis, Missouri`s Sheriff Department. He has been a TEA-RA delegate 13 times and NEA-RA delegate 9 times. Over the last 16 years, Mr. Jeff has served in several leadership positions and is a firm believer in collective bargaining and plans on continuing his work in this area.


Dr. Anntriniece Napper, Elementary School Director  Dr. Napper teaches 2nd grade at Cromwell Elementary and has been teaching for 15 years and has been a member of the Association for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master of Education from Christian Brothers University. She also has her Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University and Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Napper has been involved in several Association committees. She has been chairperson of the Minority Affairs Committee, chairperson of Public Relations Committee, and chairperson of the Human Relations Committee. Anntriniece Napper has received honors such as Who`s Who Among America`s Teachers 2006 and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also was State Committee representative for TEA`s Minority Affairs Committee 2003-2005. She has been a TEA-RA delegate 12 times and NEA-RA delegate 9 times. Her experience in education has helped her to be very resourceful and given her the ability to empower fellow teachers and students!


Tiffany Reed, Elementary School Director; TEA Board Member - District 14

Tiffany T. Reed is a fourth grade teacher at Fox Meadows Elementary and has 11 years teaching experience, as well as 11 years as an Association member. Ms. Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Masters of Education from Union University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. She has been an Association Representative for 7 years and has attended the TEA RA 5 times and the NEA RA 3 times.  Ms. Reed states that being active in M-SCEA and TEA has taught her to be more aware and passionate about the teaching profession, and a strong advocate for her students and colleagues. Since being elected to the Board, she is more confident and involved with education issues that not only affect her locally, but also nationally. Ms. Reed truly believes that teaching is rewarding and gives her a sense that she is making the world a better place by making a difference in the lives of children. Aside from teaching, Ms. Reed is also a volunteer and servant in her community. She is an active member of her church, White Station Church of Christ, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Memphis Metropolitan Pan-Hellenic Council (MMAPHC), where she currently serves as the correspondence secretary.
























Comeshia Williams, Elementary School Director  Comeshia Williams is a Title 1 PLC Coach at Northaven K-8 School. She has 15 years experience as a 1st and 4th grade teacher.  She has also served as a Mentor, Learning jCoach, and Master Teacher.  She has been a member of her professional organization for 15 years. Ms. Williams received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis; her Master’s from Trevecca Nazarene University; and her EDS from the University of Memphis. She is also licensed as a Professional School Counselor, receiving that degree from Freed-Hardeman University. Ms. Williams serves the Association as a member of the Collaborative Conferencing Team and is the Co-Chairperson of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and also served on the Merger Team for the new Memphis-Shelby County Education Association. She has served TEA on the Credentials and IPD Committees, the Women’s Leadership Program and was named as the 2012-2013 Northaven Teacher of the Year. Ms. Williams also received the Project A.I.M. TIF Award of Excellence and was showcased in the CC360 National Teacher Development Program.


Crystal E. Harper, Middle School Director 


Patricia Scarborough, Middle School Director


Mildred J. Williams, Middle School Director  Mildred J. Williams is a sixth grade teacher at Craigmont Middle and has 15 years teaching experience and 15 years as an Association member! Ms. Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Master`s in Education from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. She has served as an Association Representative and currently serves on the TEA Resolution Committee and the TEA Technical Career Committee and has been recognized by West Tennessee We The People the Citizen and the Constitution 2008 Competition and Showcase. Ms. Williams has attended the TEA RA 7 times and the NEA RA 3 times. Ms. Williams is proud to have belonged to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council of Negro Women, Who`s Who Among American Teachers and Order of Eastern Star. Ms. Williams states, "first and foremost, it is a pleasure to serve in this capacity because I love education. I am deeply concerned about the welfare of our students and the livelihood of our teachers. Secondly, by serving in this position, I bring strong, sound leadership that will continue to afford middle school teachers someone who will combat the challenges we face in these trying times".


Regina Golden - High School Director  Regina Golden is a Vocational Business teacher at Kirby High and has 27 years teaching experience and 27 years as an Association member. Ms. Golden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Memphis, and her Master’s degree in Administration Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has served as Parliamentarian and Secretary for MEA and has attended the TEA RA 3 times and NEA-RA 3 times. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, secretary for Jack and Jill of America and now serves as their Chaplin. Also, she is member of the National Business Education Association. Ms. Golden`s goal and mission as a member of the Board of Director and a 27 year educator is she has always been concerned about the education of children. As we move forward she feels that she is an asset to M-SCEA because of the passion she has for the students and because we need to be aware of the major changes that are occurring regarding education.


Anthony Harris, High School Director  Anthony Harris is a speech therapist at LaRose Elementary and has been a member of M-SCEA for 29 years. Mr. Harris received a B.S. Degree Education from Lambuth College, Jackson, TN and his Masters from The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN and his EDS from Union University, Jackson, TN. Mr. Harris is a member of the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA).  He has been a TEA-RA delegate for 15 years.  He feels the Board of Directors is the voice of M-SCEA that will promote, interpret and disseminate information that is relevant to M-SCEA`s members and to serve as a conduit for the exchange of information and ideas among all its affiliates. 


Derick Bell, ESP Director  Derick Bell is an educational assistant at Messick VoTech andMr. Bell has an Associate Degree in Architectural/Auto CAD from Tennessee Tech, 55 accredited hours in Elementary Education from Southwest Community College and is currently taking classes at Colorado Technical University. Mr. Bell has been a Mason for 27 years, a member of the Shelby County Democratic Party, member of Leadership of Memphis, a youth Sunday School teacher, and Associate Pastor at Greater First Baptist Church. His experience in leadership has grown to the professional level and he is looking forward to helping other members have the same experience. has 26 years education experience and 9 years as an Association member.


Michael J. Fox, Mental Health Director  Michael J. Fox is a School Social Worker at all grade levels and has 12 years teaching experience and 7 + years as a school social worker. Mr. Fox received his Bachelor`s of Elementary Education from Crichton College, Memphis, TN and his Master`s in Social Work, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Mr. Fox has served on School Leadership Team, SACS Committee Chair, School Improvement Committee, and Science Textbook Committee for the Memphis City School district. He has received such recognitions as the Memphis Recovery Center Meritorious Service Award and the Congressional Youth Leadership Council Honorary Commission. Additionally, he is a member of the Tennessee Association of School Social Workers. He states, "I have worked as a Mobile Crisis Worker, a Baptist Minister, a Pediatric Medial Social Worker at LeBonheur Children`s Medical Center, Family therapist & Shift Supervisor @ Memphis Recovery Center`s Youth Development Program, Lakeside Behavioral Health System as a Needs Assessment Counselor, School Social Worker and have almost 12 years of classroom teaching experience in Memphis City Schools. I have served on site based leadership teams, discipline committees, textbook committees, school improvement teams, and SACS teams. This eclectic repertoire of professional experiences allow me to bring a variety of perspectives to the table that will empower me to ardently advocate for teachers, students, and mental health professionals in our school community. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board and its members.


Stephanie Bea, TEA Board Member - ESP
Stephanie Bea is a Special Education Assistant at Lucy Elementary School where she has worked for 9 years.  Ms. Bea is currently completing her bachelor`s degree in special education at the University of Memphis and has been a member of her professional organization for 8 years.  She serves as the AR for her school and has served on many committees within the Association including ESP Committee Chair, Minority Affairs, several NEA caucuses and the National Council for Education Support Professionals.  Ms. Bea has served as a delegate to the TEA and NEA RAs. 


Sarah Kennedy-Harper, TEA Board Member - District 14  Sarah Kennedy-Harper is a special education teacher at Wooddale High and has 16 years teaching experience and 16 years as an Association member. Ms. Harper earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Memphis, a Masters of Education - Rehabilitation Teaching the Blind and Visually Impaired. She currently serves on the TEA Board of Directors and has been on the MEA Board in previous years and has attended the TEA RA 7 times and the NEA RA 4 times. Ms. Harper is a NCATE Board member, has been a Board liaison and an MPACE Council member. Ms. Sarah Kennedy-Harper states that leadership skills, oratory and media skills, speech writing, English and grammatical skills along with artistic ability are all qualifications for being an MEA or TEA Board member. "I am proud to serve!"


Dennis Kimbrough, TEA Board Member, West Tennessee Administrator


Melissa Collins, Sergeant-At-Arms  Melissa Collins is a second grade teacher at John P. Freeman School.  She received her Bachelor`s degree from Murray State in Murray KY and her Master`s, EDS and PHD degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Ms. Collins has served in several leadership positions within the Association including the TEA Human Relations and New Teachers committees; the MEA Board of Directors for Elementary Schools; and is a NEA Senior Fellow.  She has served as a delegate to 9 TEA RAs and 2 NEA RAs.  Ms. Collins has been awarded the NEA Teacher Excellence Award, NBCT, Presidential Award of Science & Mathematics Teaching, and West TN Teacher of the Year.  She is also a member of America Achieves and the Teach Plus National Policy Group.  Ms. Collins states, "It is my goal to advocate for students and teachers.  M-SCEA has given me the opportunity to continue to use my voice to bridge policy and practice."