Gwendolyn Gardner, Interim Executive Director

Ms. Gardner has improved the quality of Jackson Public School District schools and the lives of its children in so many ways in her years as an educator, beginning with her enrollment in public schools in 1970, the year of integration in Mississippi. She went on to become the 1st black National Board-Certified teacher in the JPS district and one of two in the State of Mississippi, the first and only female principal of Walton Elementary School, JPS Administrator (Division II) of the Year, Parents for Public Schools Jackson Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching from Jackson State University, and so much more. Ms. Gardner is now Principal in Residence at Ask For More Jackson and continues to inspire her community, parents of JPS students, and the entire JPS district through her efforts as a leader in public education.

Edie Graham, Interim Assistant Director

Callaway High School alumna Edie Graham, after doing some traveling with her Military husband, settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she worked as an IRA Specialist (Internal Revenue Specialist) at Capital One Bank for 11 years before transitioning to Education, where her true passion was working with kids.  After moving back home to Jackson, Mississippi, Edie worked at Walton Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant for 2 years and as an Instructional Support Technician for 3 years. For the last 2 ½ years she has worked as a Program Manager/Office Manager for Ask for More Jackson where she continues working with students, teachers, and parents in the Lanier Feeder Pattern, where she feels she can truly make a difference in children’s lives.

Board

Nancy Sylvester

President

Annie H. Archie

Vice-President

Jerome Knott

Treasurer

Robert Walker

Member

Monique Montgomery

Member

Fredrick Nolan

Member

Charles King Jr.

Member

Jeanhee Kang

Member

Earnest Ward

Member

Jillian Smart

Member

Carolyn J. White

Member

Roy A. Miller

Member

Vanessa Wilson

Member

Ollye Shirley

Emeritus Member