Nikki K. McCelleis, Executive Director (email@example.com or 601-421-0587)
Nikki K. McCelleis came to Alignment Jackson from 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc. where she served as Executive Director and then as a consultant for the organization in the areas of workforce development and fundraising.
McCelleis spent nearly 9 years serving as the Deputy Executive Director for Education at Mississippi Pubic Broadcasting where she was responsible for the development of early childhood literacy and K-12 educational services, resources and outreach initiatives, instructional production, statewide technology integration programs, dropout prevention initiatives, professional development opportunities for educators, the Mississippi Interactive Video Network (MIVN), and continuing education opportunities for adults.
Prior to joining Mississippi Public Broadcasting in January 2006, McCelleis served as Division Director for Curriculum and Instruction at the Mississippi Department of Education. While at the Mississippi Department of Education, McCelleis also served as Division Director in the Offices of Evaluation and Enhancement and Instructional Support and Training where she led efforts to support schools deemed as low performing and at-risk.
McCelleis taught English Language Arts and English Literature at Jim Hill High School in Jackson, MS and was a job specialist with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. She also taught Spanish I and Spanish II, as well as English Language Arts at Simmons High School in Hollandale, MS and served as a GED instructor for the Salvation Army Education Program/Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, MS.
McCelleis received an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration and Supervision from Delta State University, a master of arts (M.A.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Belhaven University, and holds a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in English Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Nikki K. McCelleis is married to Michael T. McCelleis, a Captain with the Jackson Fire Department, and has two children Nicholas M. McCelleis, and Malia Y. McCelleis.
Jessica Fleming, Communications Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-955-4152)
Jessica Fleming is a native Mississippian who is proud of where she comes from. As the child of a distinguished educator, she grew up believing in the importance of quality education for every child. Fleming began to volunteer hundreds of hours as a tutor, childcare aide, mental and behavioral health aide as a teen and continues to do so as an adult. Her passion for literature and poetry has driven her to participate in initiatives concerning childhood literacy. As an advocate for drop-out prevention campaigns, Fleming has had the privilege of traveling the state speaking to high school students about the importance of graduating from high school and even attending college.
What sets Fleming apart from others is her concern for the whole health of every human being. Fleming advocates for the intellectual, emotional, social, and societal health of all children. Her ultimate career aspiration is to help create thriving communities by focusing on children and their families, facilitating programs to combat generational pitfalls, repair damaging behaviors, and prepare for the future. In fact, she dedicated her collegiate studies to that cause by focusing on the societal strains that affect the mental health of African American students.
Fleming received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and does not plan on stopping there. She plans to continue her education, reaching further and higher, as she urges the children and teenagers in her community to do the same. She now serves as the Communications Coordinator for Alignment Jackson and commits herself to the organization’s model of community involvement and collaborative effort for a more successful Jackson Public Schools System.