Educational Outreach Specialist
Miss Brantley is the point of contact for earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs), School Executive Management Institute (SEMI) credits, and Orientation for School Leaders (OSL) credits that teachers and administrators use to renew their license. She also provides aid in facilitating all professional development trainings held at the North MS Education Consortium. She has a Bachelor’s in Human Sciences in Human Development and Family Studies from Mississippi State University.
During her free time, she works as a Banquet and Reception Coordinator for Taylor Grocery Special Events Catering.
Early Childhood Education Program Specialist
Dr. Grace is currently serving as the Co-Director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning, and the Early Childhood Education Program Specialist with North Mississippi Education Consortium. Her forty-year career in early childhood education has taken her from the classroom as a first grade teacher in rural Arkansas and Cleveland, Mississippi to the university classroom. After obtaining her Doctorate of Education at the University of Mississippi, she has served as a faculty member at Mississippi Valley State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State University. She has served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education, the founding director of the Family Resource Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, and as a consultant to Lift Head Start. Dr. Grace is the founding director of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University serving as the director for eleven years. She held the rank of full professor in the College of Education when she departed to serve as the national early childhood policy director for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Prior to accepting the position at UM, Dr. Grace served as the program director of the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative, one of the first state-funded pre-kindergarten program, for three years.
The co-author of three books and numerous research articles, Dr. Grace is considered a national expert on the education of young children living in rural areas. A former past president of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, she has won numerous awards recognizing her leadership in education in the State.
Miss Hensley has been with the North MS Education Consortium since June 2017 as a student worker. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s of General Studies, focusing on English, Sociology, and Elementary Education.
During her free time, she likes to work on different art projects and work out.
Ms. Hollingshed works part-time for the North MS Education Consortium. She joined the staff in 2017 after retiring from Mississippi State University, where she worked 27 years. She works with the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning as an administrative assistant for Dr. Cathy Grace. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s in Information Technology Services from Mississippi State University. She has one daughter, Breland, a junior at Tupelo High School.
Cathy enjoys cooking, gardening, Sunday dinners with family, football and tailgating! Her favorite quote is, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” -Robert Frost
Mrs. Scott serves as Project Manager for grants, and is responsible for scheduling and coordinating professional development modules for the MS Department of Education (MDE), school districts, and private entities. Susan has been with the North MS Education Consortium since 2004. Prior to her employment with NMEC, she spent twelve and a half years with the Marshall County School District, serving as a classroom teacher and Lead Teacher. She also worked with curriculum and instruction, Title I, and testing. Susan currently holds a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and a MS Administrator’s license. She is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Mississippi in the School of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction department.
Dr. Stevenson served as a classroom teacher for eight years, Vocational Director for two years, High School Principal for two years, Assistant Superintendent for two years, Superintendent of Houston School District for three and a half years, Superintendent of Greenwood School District for five years, and Superintendent of South Panola School District for nine years. He also served as the State Industrial Training Coordinator for two years with the MS State Department of Education. He served as the President of MS Association of School Administrators (MASA), and is the only administrator from MS to serve on the Executive Committee and National Governing Board of the American Associations for School Administrators (AASA). Dr. Stevenson was also named Co-Superintendent of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2005.
Dr. Stevenson has been with the consortium since 2005 and continues to be involved in several leadership organizations locally, statewide, and nationally.
Dr. Weeks has served as a classroom teacher for seven years, Elementary School Principal for twenty years, and Superintendent of Lee County School District for eight years. He was active in numerous professional activities including SACS (Accreditation Team), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), International Reading Association, and MASCD. Dr. Weeks was also a trainer for the MS Department of Education. As superintendent, he was involved in several leadership organizations locally, state-wide, and nationally. He also served as president of Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and was named Superintendent of the Year in 1993.
Dr. Weeks was instrumental in establishing the North MS Education Consortium in 1996. He continues to support school districts and the University of Mississippi’s School of Education in an effort to improve services to regional school districts.
Christopher “Cookie” Williams
Video Production Consultant
Mr. Williams assists in the day-to-day operations and video production of the North MS Education Consortium. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, and has fifteen years of experience in video production from camera operator to video editor to graphics designer. Cookie has worked on several different projects which ranged from national advertising for Ole Miss Athletics to award winning indie films.
Video Production Coordinator
Dr. Williams oversees the video production and technology in both of the consortium’s classrooms as well as the in-house green room. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia, a Master’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. In his thirty years with this University, he has worked as a video production coordinator for the School of Education, served as a Professor in the School of Journalism, and has completed several other video production projects for Ole Miss. In addition to his experience at Ole Miss, he has worked with CNN and other television stations in Savannah, Jacksonville, and New Orleans.
With his expertise, the North MS Education Consortium has produced over one thousand videos, including the award winning SOE Minute from the University of Mississippi’s School of Education.