OXFORD, Mississippi — Teach For America today announced the appointment of Deborah Elmore as the vice president of teacher leadership development in the Mississippi region. Elmore has 36 years of experience teaching and leading schools and school improvement in Mississippi and Florida.
In her new role, Elmore will support Teach For America staff and 375 teachers currently reaching nearly 32,000 students in grades K-12 across 30 Mississippi school districts. Teach For America is a national nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in under-resourced schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.
Elmore started her work in education in 1977 in Tupelo, where she taught for 13 years at the elementary level, then served as an elementary principal for seven years. She subsequently taught middle school in Florida and served in administrative leadership roles at the middle- and high-school level for nine years before becoming a high school principal.
Elmore returned to Mississippi in 2008, serving most recently as assistant vice president and director of operations with the JBHM Education Group, an education consulting firm in Jackson.
“Deborah adds proven experience to our efforts to partner with school districts throughout the state to ensure that all of our kids reach their full potential,” said Teach For America-Mississippi Executive Director Ron Nurnberg. “Her teaching and leadership from kindergarten through high school and her demonstrated success in working with parents and communities to turn-around performance at under-resourced schools are valuable models as we work alongside dedicated local school leaders and teachers to expand educational opportunities.”