Principal's Message

Greetings Parents:


My name is Dr. Kandice K. Jernigan and I am delighted to be your child’s principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I am looking forward to a very productive school year at Matty Akin Elementary. I have a great passion for educating children and ensuring that they reach an ultimate level of success. I am a firm believer of positivity, productivity, and persistence.


My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in English from Delta State University in 2003, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mississippi Valley State in 2005, and a Specialist from Walden University in Teacher Leadership in 2011. I recently obtained my doctoral degree from Walden University in Administration Leadership and continuously making educational advancements.


I have worked in various roles and have completed 18 years in the educational field. I began my educational career as a 9th grade English teacher at Greenville High School in 2003. As time passed, I returned to my alma mater and taught English 9-12 at Simmons High School from 2006-2012 in Hollandale, MS. During 2012, I entered into the administrative arena and became a School Improvement Officer for Sanders Elementary School and Simmons High School in Hollandale, MS. In 2016, I became a Career Technical Director at the Joe Barnes Technical Center located in Rosedale, MS. Furthermore, in 2017, I was given the opportunity to become principal of Ida Greene Lower Elementary in Belzoni, MS.


I have been in various roles that have ultimately prepared me properly lead teachers and students. I truly believe that all students can learn if provided the proper instruction. Each child is very precious and we are obligated to ensure that they have a meaningful and effective educational experience.


Educationally Yours,

Kandice K. Jernigan, Ed.D.

Matty Akin Elementary


Matty Akin OWLSOME Principal


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Akin Elementary School
361 Bowman Boulevard
Greenville, MS 38701
Phone: 662-334-7161