"Every community behind every child"

MAPE has served as a network of educators and community partners since 1984 and is one of just a few statewide partnership organizations of its kind in the U.S. We received 501 (c)(3) non-profit status in 1994.

Our mission:

The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education provides leadership on the state level for the formation and growth of effective partnerships that ensure success for all students.


  • Networking through membership and regional meetings.
  • Partnership training through our State Conference, Partnership Curriculum and site-based consulting.
  • Newsletters, program guidelines, and best practices (see Partnership Spotlight).
  • Awards and recognition through the Governor's Awards for Outstanding School Community Partnerships and the Winter-Reed Partnership Award.

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It's a Fact: School Partnerships Make a Positive Impact

Partnership success stories from across Mississippi prove that stronger schools build stronger communities. We invite you to learn more about MAPE's 30-year legacy of supporting school-community partnerships to improve public education, student achievement, graduation rates, college attendance, economic development, quality of life, and much more. Check out MAPE's brochure and please share it in your community

MAPE Board of Directors

Our board members are business leaders, educators and community leaders who are helping MAPE promote the advantages of school-community partnerships to improve public education in Mississippi.

David Schommer 
Jackson Public Schools

1st Vice President:

2nd Vice President:
Dr. Sumesh Arora

Vickie Powell
Mississippi Economic Council


Past President:
Sandi Beason, APR

Paxton Girtmon
Jackson Public Schools


Christi Kilroy
Vicksburg Warren School District

Shanderia Minor
Mississippi Department of Education

Jaimar Scott
Regions Bank

Kenecha Smith
Early Childhood Consultant

Linda Ross Aldy, CAE

Liz Hudson