Key Elementary Principal named JPS ‘Administrator of the Year’


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Public Schools honored their Administrator of the Year with a surprise assembly.

Superintendent Cedrick Gray surprised Principal Dionne Woody with the Jackson Public Schools 2016 “Administrator of the Year” award.

School leaders hid students, along with the Mrs. Woody’s family and friends, in the school auditorium.

“I’m so excited today; my heart is filled with joy and filled with so much love,” Principal Woody said.

Woody joined Key Elementary just two years ago.

In that time, she helped the school improve their numbers.

“A good deal of it is based on data the ability to rule our scholars from one performance level and upward to another and other is cultural climate, you can sense if inviting and expectations are high,” Dr. Gray said.

The state once rated the school a ‘D’.

Now they have a ‘B’ and on the way to an ‘A’.

“Yes, I’m working on that ‘A’. We do ‘A’ stuff in Jackson Public Schools,” Principal Woody said.

“I didn’t know she was going to be that great. But she is a great principal,” Zantasheia Mallett, a Key Elementary student, said.

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