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.
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.