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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 is a 6th, 7th & 8th grade Physical Education and Health teacher at Collierville Middle and has worked for SCS for 22 years.  Mr. Jobe has been a member of his professional Association for 22 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 has been president of the Shelby County Education Association for the past two years 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 13 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!


Blount Smith, Secretary  Ms. Blount D. Smith teaches Latin and Mythology at Bartlett High and has over 40 years experience as a classroom teacher! She served as the secretary of SCEA for 3 years and currently serves as the M-SCEA secretary. Ms. Smith is the Association Representative for Bartlett High and has served on several Association committees including Scholarship and Professional Rights & Responsibilities as well as the TEA Resolutions Committee. She has served as a delegate to both TEA and NEA Representative Assemblies and is a member of the TN Foreign Language Teachers Association; the TN Classical League and the American Classical League. Ms. Smith says her co-workers depend on her to represent them and to maintain their best interests because they know that she will always work hard to get what is best for them!


Myrtle B. Malone, Treasurer

Myrtle Malone is a professional school counselor at Gordon Elementary and has 38 years education experience and 38 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 20 times and NEA-RA 20 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



Tom Emens, Elementary School Director; TEA Board Member - District 15  Tom Emens is a 2nd grade teacher at Cordova Elementary and has 13 years teaching experience and 13 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 15 years and has been a member of his professional Association for 15 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 12 times and NEA-RA delegate 8 times. Over the last 14 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 1st grade at Cromwell Elementary and has been teaching for 14 years and has been a member of the Association for 14 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 11 times and NEA-RA delegate 8 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 Reed is a third grade teacher at Fox Meadows Elementary and has 10 years teaching experience and 10 years as an Association member. Ms. Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at University of Tennessee 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 6 years and has attended the TEA RA 4 times and the NEA RA 2 times. Ms. Reed is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter. She currently serves as the advisor for the undergraduate chapter at The University of Memphis. Ms. Reed states that being active in M-SCEA has taught her to be more aware and passionate about the teaching profession. Since being elected to the Board, she is more confident and involved with education issues that not only affect her locally, but also nationally.


Comeshia Williams, Elementary School Director  Comeshia Williams is a 4th grade teacher at Northaven Elementary School and is a Master Teacher. She has 14 years experience and has been a member of her professional organization for 14 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 Committee, 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.


Renee Baum, Middle School Director



Crystal E. Harper, Middle School Director 



Patricia Scarborough, Middle School Director



Susan Simmons, Middle School Director  Susan Simmons is a special education 6-8 grade math teacher at Houston Middle School and has 21 years experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University and has been a member of the Association for 5 years and attended the TEA-RA 5 times and the NEA-RA once. Ms. Simmons is the coordinator of the Children’s Action Network for the Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children and has chaired the Shelby County Political Action Committee for Education for the past 4 years. Ms. Simmons says that being involved in her professional organization has been the most rewarding experience of her educational career. “My passion is political activism and encouraging fellow members to become politically active. My experience as an educator has been varied and I bring a unique perspective that centers around exceptional children.”


Mildred J. Williams, Middle School Director  Mildred J. Williams is a sixth grade teacher at Craigmont Middle and has 14 years teaching experience and 14 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 6 times and the NEA RA 2 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".


Trish Stephenson, High School Director  Trish Stephenson is a Chemistry and Honors Chemistry teacher at Bartlett High School and has 30 years experience! She holds a B.S. in Biology from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN; a M.S. in Foundations of Education from the University of Memphis; and an Administrative Endorsement from Christian Brothers University. Ms. Stephenson has served on the TEA Educators’ Advocacy Committee since 2011 and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2005-20006. She also served on the Governor’s Committee for Teacher Evaluation of Non-tested High School Teachers and serves as President of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Ms. Stephenson states, “I have been involved in the politics of our state for the past several years and am passionate about protecting the rights of our educators and promoting the welfare of the children of our state and country.”


Regina Golden - High School Director  Regina Golden is a Vocational Business teacher at Kirby High and has 26 years teaching experience and 26 years as an Association member. Ms. Golden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, 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 2 times and NEA-RA 2 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 26 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 pathologist at Gordon Elementary and has been a member for 27 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 6 times. 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 26 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 25 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 13 years teaching experience and 6 + 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.


Sarah Kennedy-Harper, TEA Board Member - District 14  Sarah Kennedy-Harper is a special education teacher at Northside High and has 15 years teaching experience and 15 years as a MEA 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 6 times and the NEA RA 3 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!"


Ernestine King, TEA Board Member - District 13 



Stephanie Bea, TEA Board Member - ESP



Dr. Charles Green, TEA Board Member - W. TN Admin.  Dr. Charles Green is the Assistant Principal at White Station Middle School. He has served as a Math and Science teacher; Counselor; spent 2 years with the Iowa Department of Education; 2 years in Human Resources in Kansas City, MO; served as Assistant Principal in New Orleans; North Carolina and Memphis; served as a Principal in Fountain, Co; Kansas City, MO; and Memphis. Dr. Green has served as an Adjunct Professor/Instructor at the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Tennessee State University and Belhaven University. Dr. Green earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern University in Louisiana; Master of Science in Administration & Supervision from Loyola University, New Orleans; Master of Education, Guidance and Counseling from the University of New Orleans; and his Doctor of Philosophy from Iowa State University. He serves on the TEA Retirement and Benefits Committee; served on the TEA Executive Director Search Committee and has attended five TEA and NEA Assemblies. Dr. Green has been a member of his professional Association for 17 years!


Barbara Gray, TEA Board Member - TEA V. Pres.  Barbara Gray is the Assistant Principal at Arlington Middle School. She has 42 years experience in education – 25 years as a classroom teacher and 17 years as an administrator as well as 42 years as an Association member! Ms. Gray earned her B.S. in Chemistry from LeMoyne-Owen College; her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Memphis State University and her +45 in Administration & Supervision from the University of Memphis. Ms. Gray has chaired or served on most of the committees in her local Association and has chaired the NEA Concerns committee; the Dues Task Force; served on the Budget committee; the ION committee; Communications; Administrative Task Force; Minority Affairs; Credentials; the FCPE; the State Board Committee and Executive Committee at TEA. She has been a delegate to the TEA and NEA Assemblies for over 20 years and has served on the Southeast Regional Leadership Team for NEA. Ms. Gray has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women; Continental Who’s Who; Marquis Who’s Who and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association; Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development; Tennessee Association of Supervision & Curriculum; National Council for Teachers of Mathematics; Council of Exceptional Children and the Black Caucus and the Peace & Justice Caucus of the NEA. Ms. Gray states, “As a leader and member, I plan to do everything possible to advocate for our members at the local, state and national levels.”


Diccie Smith, NEA Director


Bert DeLapp, Parliamentarian  Bertha "Bert" DeLapp is the Coordinator of Matriculation and Dual Enrollment in the department of Career and Technology Adult Education and has been a member for over 40 years. She is also an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education for Southwest Community College, Memphis, TN. Ms. DeLapp holds a BS and MS from The University of Memphis and a Masters + 45 from Trevecca Nazarene College. Working in the Association is a vital part of her professional career. Since attending her first NEA RA, she has had a passion for ESPs and working with and for them. Her involvement in the Association includes: North Area Director; Professional Rights & Responsibility Committee; Human Relations Committee; ESP Committee; IPD Committee; Building Dedication Committee, Bargaining Committee; State & Local Leadership Academy; State Resolutions and Credentials Committees; Alternate to NEA Resolutions Committee; and School Calendar Committee. She has attended the TEA and NEA RAs over 10 times. Ms. DeLapp says that the first time she attended the TEA assembly, the Memphis delegation entered as a whole group. "A hush fell over the room; you could feel the “clout” we carried. I became hopelessly addicted at that point." Later that year, she attended the NEA RA. There were signs everywhere welcoming teachers. "We were respected and treasured. I was proud to be a teacher and I came home wanting to teach for years to come!"


Melissa Collins, Sergeant-At-Arms