MAAE Member Spotlight: February 2014
President-Elect Brenda Jones (Madison)
Twenty-one years experience as an educator. Sixteen years as a school administrator. Twelve years in current position as principal of Madison Avenue K-2 Elementary School. During her tenure at Madison Avenue, the school has integrated the arts across the curriculum in grades kindergarten through second grade. The school now has the distinction of being recognized as a Model Whole School with the Mississippi Arts Commission. Dr. Jones received her education from Jackson State University (B.S., M.A., Ed.D). She has many certifications, specialized training, and has served with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Association of Curriculum & Development, MS Association of Elementary Education, among many others.
At-Large Member Gloria Johnson (Meridian)
Gloria is a career art educator who has retired with 35 years of teaching experience in visual arts, gifted education and special education. She holds a BFA from USM and M.Ed. from MSU. Her commitment to providing art experiences for children has been a lifetime journey that has given her great joy in seeing children empowered by the arts in such a way that they learned to read, write and do math through one or more arts experiences. All art forms were part of the experience she provided for her students and her own children. Gloria would like to thank the MAAE board for the opportunity to serve and be part of a community that supports and shares her lifetime vision of touching the lives of all children in Mississippi with the opportunity to participate in quality arts experiences.
At-Large Member MacKenzie Stroh (Greenville)
MacKenzie is the director of communications for Mississippi First, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that specializes in education policy research and advocacy in the state of Mississippi. Before joining Mississippi First, MacKenzie was the executive director of the Greenville Arts Council (GAC). She came to the GAC from Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania where she worked in Institutional Advancement. Prior to her work at Washington & Jefferson College, she was a Teach For America Corp member in Marks, Miss., where she taught High School visual arts at Madison Shannon Palmer High School. During this time, she also spent the summers working at the GAC and was the visual arts instructor for the Greenville Renaissance Scholars summer program. MacKenzie graduated from Elon University in North Carolina where she received a degree in Studio Art, Art History, and Communications. MacKenzie was an assistant at the Alamance Art Council, worked for a photography gallery in London, England, completed a conservation internship at the Tucson Museum of Art, and spent a summer working at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City where she focused on federal, state, and foundation grant writing for museum exhibitions.