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GPSD Board of Education

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Dr. Loretta M. Shannon, retired educator after thirty-eight (38) years as a teacher and administrator. Shannon received her early education in the Greenville Public School District, undergraduate from Mississippi Valley State University, graduate from University of Mississippi and Delta State University and doctorate from Mississippi State University. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees to complete an unfinished two years. She is currently serving a five year term. She is married, with two sons and five grandchildren.

Jan J. Vaughn, is a product of GPSD and believes in Public Education. She credits the Teachers and Administrators of GPSD for her strong foundation and success in life. She is a proud Graduate of Greenville High School, Tougaloo College, and Delta State University, where she earned her Masters in Education. She is also a Licensed Social Worker, licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Examiners and a member of Mercy Seat M.B. Church. She is married and the mother of three, who are also products of GPSD. You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. - Shirley Chisholm

Kimberly Jones Merchant, is the managing attorney for the Delta Office of the Mississippi Center for Justice located in Indianola, Mississippi. Attorney Merchant is the director of education opportunities where she works with advocates, students and parents in the local Delta communities to fight for quality education for all children. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Science in English, and the University of Mississippi School Law where she received her Jurisprudence Doctorate. In September 1997, she was admitted to the Mississippi Bar.

From 1997 through 2006, Attorney Merchant practiced at McTeer & Associates, in Greenville, serving as a civil litigator and the managing attorney. From 2006 through 2011, Attorney Merchant served as the Senior Assistant District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District, including Washington, Sunflower and Leflore Counties. Merchant is very active in the community serving on various local educational along with civic boards and committees. Merchant is married to Michael Merchant, who serves as the chief of detectives for the Greenville Police Department.

Shirley Cartlidge - was born in Indianola; she grew up and completed high school in Leland. She continued her education at Mississippi Valley State University and earned a bachelor's degree in English; additionally, she earned a master's degree in English and in Administration & Supervision from Delta State University. She was trained with the Mississippi Writing Thinking Institute from Mississippi State University and also is a graduate of the Delta Area Writing Project (an affiliate of the National Writing Project of California). Additional training included studies at Tuskegee Institute.

Mrs. Cartlidge's career spanned 38 years in education -6 years with the Yazoo City Public School District and 32 years with Greenville Pubic School District. Her experience during those 38 years with Greenville Public School included that of English teacher, student council advisor, yearbook advisor, sponsor of National Honor Society and school wide chairman of the English Department, district-wide (GPDS) chairman of the English Department, peer evaluator, Director of curriculum and Professional development for Greenville Public School District and supervisor of reading and instruction and Director of Federal Programs for Yazoo City School District.

Her work propelled her to participate in several very gratifying work-related appointments such as a member of the Board of Directors for Mississippi Student Councils and Mississippi PTA Board of Directors where is past State president. Additionally, she has served on the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Committee, the Governor's committee to study the Mississippi State Constitution. She is listed in 2000 Notable Women and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

In addition to career work, Mrs. Cartlidge has worked for her church beginning with her baptism at age 10. Since that time she has served as follows: Sunday School Secretary, church secretary, Sunday school teacher, Board of Trustees, usher, and Deaconess. She is currently also serving as President of the Women's Auxiliary to Washington General Baptist Association. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is married to Dr. Arthur Cartlidge.

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