JSU professor named Hinds County School District Parent of the Year


Spencer McClenty
601-979-1457
spencer.l.mcclenty@jsums.edu

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Jackson State University professor, Gwendolyn S. Dawkins, was recently selected Parent of the Year for the Third Congressional District of Mississippi, the Hinds County School District, and Byram Middle School by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Gwendolyn Dawkins

Dawkins, who serves as visiting professor in the JSU College of Education and Human Development, has been actively involved in the Hinds County School District since August 2003 when she became a member of the district’s Parent Teacher Organization. Over the years, she has served as PTO treasurer at Gary Road, volunteered as the Homeroom Parent and helped with the school’s Honor Roll Program, teacher recognition activities, book fairs, Back To School Night and more.

“Gwen has worked very hard in the Hinds County Schools,” said Larry Cotton, president of the Byram Middle School PTO. “She started at Gary Road Elementary and then continued on to Gary Road Intermediate and Byram Middle. She is the backbone of the PTO. Without Gwen’s assistance, events and other activities at our school would go undone.”

Gwen has been employed at Jackson State University for over 20 years and engages her JSU students by having them judge class projects of students from Byram Middle School. She also is very active in the community by volunteering for the Junior Auxiliary, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation.

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21 thoughts on “JSU professor named Hinds County School District Parent of the Year

  1. Congratulations! You are always helping the community, and the it is always a joy to be around you!

    -Jessica Kennedy

  2. You are the best!!! And, having taught one of your offspring, I have all the evidence I need to reach that conclusion. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations Mrs. Dawkins!! I am sincerely proud of your accomplishments and thankful for the impact you have had in my life as well. Super Job!! Keep up the good work.

    Jodie Yates Johnson

  4. Congrats Dr. Dawkins. I have always thought very highly of you. Thank you for your leadership and love to me as a student. My 10-year old son still can’t believe that you taught me “He thinks that you are too young”. Keep up the good work.

    Rita Gaines

  5. Congrats Doc. I am so very proud of you. Dr. Dawkins has been an advocate for children and adolescents all of her professional life and that this was prior to her JSU tenure.

    A.Haralson

  6. Bravo, Dr. Dawkins! What if all the parents of school-aged children were truly involved like Dr. Dawkins? What a wonderful world of education this would be!

  7. GREAT JOB GWEN CONGRATULATIONS TO PASS PRES. JSU H.P.E.R. AND DANCE AND AKA.(SISTER) YOU ALWAYS BE A LEADER AND WONDERFUL PERSON IN MY COLLEGE LIFE. SAY STRONG AND HEALTHY RICKY J. SHIELDS A-PHI-A

  8. I am so proud to call you my mother! Way to go!! Now let’s see if you win National Parent of the Year!

  9. Great Job Gwen. I am indeed proud of you and your accomplishments.I know how hard you work as a parent and as a professional within the Department of HPER. You deserve the recognition. Keep up the good work.
    P.Kennedy

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