By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District’s newest administrator will be responsible for helping struggling students get the help they need.
The district’s school board hired Amanda Ferguson as its RtI Administrator during a specially-called board meeting on Wednesday.
RtI, or Response to Intervention, is a nationally-used program that aims to give specific supports to struggling students. Ferguson served the past year as the principal of Houston Upper Elementary School.
“She has an extensive background with the RtI process,” said Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden. “She brings a good background in early childhood education, and she understands the role of a principal and how to work with principals.”
Ferguson will be under Leigh Mobley, the district’s executive director of school improvement. She will fill a position that has been vacant for two years after last being held by Jodie Parham.
Among her duties, Ferguson will be working to help dyslexic students.
She will begin her new job on July 1. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi State University and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi.
She began her career in education in 1999 as a third-grade teacher in Aberdeen. In 2001, she taught kindergarten and first grade at Houston Lower Elementary, and in 2008, she became their Reading Facilitator/ RtI Coordinator.
“I am pleased to accept this position with the Tupelo Public School District, a district that has a reputation of educational leadership in north Mississippi,” Ferguson said in a TPSD press release. “In 1998, I began my teaching career by interning at Church Street Elementary School and realized this district strives to instill a love of learning in all students.
“Not only do I look forward to working with the faculty and staff members, my three children are excited about attending school in a system with so many great opportunities.”