P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls, Inc. recognizes Teacher and Nurses Week alongside Mental Health Awareness Month
May is a month filled with many observational holidays. The most popular of them being Teachers Appreciation Week, Nurses Week, and Mental Health Awareness Month. Meet some our of Board Members, Mentors, and Parents who are changing lives outside of P.E.A.R.L.S everyday in their fields.
I chose the mental health profession because I have a great desire to encourage, empower, and help others cope with the challenges and stresses of life.
- Melinda Harvey, Children Mental Health Supervisor
P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls, Inc. Board Member
I am currently the Assistant Chief of Special Education at the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District. However, my passion for students with disabilities has also led me to volunteer as the Area 15 Director for Special Olympics and the Director of Communication for the Greenwood-Leflore Autism Spectrum Society (GLASS). However, I am humbly waiting on God to led me to the next chapter in my book.
- Linda Payne, Asst. Chief of Special Education at Greenwoood Leflore Consolidated School District
I was committed to being a full time mom while educating others. My girls were 12th grade and 8th grade. I finally had the perfect job but a challenging one. However, it was no biggie because I adapt to change well. I was no longer missing their important moments and this particular year was their biggest moments yet. My oldest was graduating high school and would soon be off to college. My youngest was promoting from middle school to high school. I just couldn’t miss out again.
These last 3 years I have grown from having 2 daughters to hundreds of little people that depend on me and whom I care about deeply. Young minds that I help mold because their lives matter too.
Today, I am truly grateful and honored to be an Educator and Coach (volleyball & basketball)!
-Tamnral A. Johnson-Rice, Educator at Greenwood Middle School