TPSD hires dyslexia coordinator, assistant principals

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District hired a dyslexia coordinator on Tuesday.
Thomas Street Elementary teacher Cepia Buchanan was named to the newly created post during the school board’s regular meeting. Hers was one of three administrative posts approved by the board, which also named two assistant principals.
Lawndale Elementary Assistant Principal Tyrone Catledge will take that position at Tupelo High School, where he taught for seven years. He’ll be replaced at Lawndale by Ian Shumpert.
Catledge is replacing Tanisha Smith, who left to join Fred Hill’s administrative team in Natchez. Hill, formerly an assistant superintendent in Tupelo, is now superintendent of the Natchez-Adams School District.
As dyslexia coordinator, Buchanan will oversee the screening of all kindergarten and first-grade students in the district. She’ll also coordinate interventions for dyslexic students.
Buchanan is a Tupelo High School graduate and currently is pursuing her master’s degree in dyslexia therapy. She taught one year in Okolona and one year at Pierce Street Elementary before joining the faculty at Thomas Street in 2009.
“I’m looking forward to equipping students with the tools they need to be successful as lifelong learners,” Buchanan said.
Catledge taught in the business education and technology departments at Tupelo High School before being named assistant principal at Lawndale last year.
Shumpert was administrative intern at Lawhon last year.
He began his educational career as an instructor at Moore’s Career College in 1993. For eight years, he was an ESL lab instructor and administrative intern at Milam Elementary, Carver School for Innovation, Tupelo Middle School and the Tupelo Alternative School. He then taught sixth grade at Carver and Milam Elementary schools for seven years.

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