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The Susie Group | Cheikh Taylor | Darlena McHenry | Josie H. Arrington, PHD | Anthony Goins

The Susie Group

Facilitators for Content Area Literacy: Teaching So the Learning Will Stick

  • Rene Branson
    • Grenada School District (Gifted Art/Inclusion for Middle School)
    • BS University of Mississippi
  • Sherry Foster
    • Kosciusko School District (7-8 Language Art/21st Century After-School Coordinator)
    • BS Alcorn State University
  • Tina Herrington 
    • Grenada School District Alternative School (6-8 Language Arts)
    • BS University of Mississippi
    • MS MS Valley State University
    • EdS Jackson State University
  • LaShana Middleton 
    • South Panola School District (6th Language Arts)
    • BS MS Valley State University
    • MS University of Mississippi
  • Gail Baxter-Jenkins 
    • Grenada School District (6-8 Language Arts)
    • BS University of Mississippi
    • MS MS Valley State University
    • EdS University of Mississippi
  • Susie Bunch
    • Program director of Teaching and Learning at Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI), has over 30 years of expertise in education. Prior to this position, she served as an assistant commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Education. She not only organized this group, partially sponsored for this presentation, she also serves as an external evaluator to our institute.

Goals: to assist teachers in identifying instructional strategies for improving reading comprehension, vocabulary, summarization, and reading/writing in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; to provide examples and practice activities which will increase student engagement with the curriculum, their peers, and their teacher and ultimately, will improve student motivation and achievement and teacher satisfaction

"Teaching So The Learning Will Stick: Content Area Literacy as a Motivator for Student Achievement". 

Hands-on, across the curriculum activities and information for 5th-8th grade teachers focusing on Vocabulary, Comprehension, Summarizing, and Writing. 

Cheikh Taylor


  • Bachelor of Science , Biology
  • Howard University


  • Brickfire Project
  • Deputy Executive Director
    • Created Evolution Technology Center, a division of Brickfire Project to serve as one stop shop for small business grant writing, loan assistance and business plan development services. Establish technical training partnerships and services in the fields of MOUS certification, fiber optic installation, design and troubling shooting and A+ certification in cooperation with Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College. Established community based basic and advanced community training as an extension of East Mississippi Community College. Implemented basic and advanced computer training programs for the Oktibbeha County Justice Courts, Oktibbeha County Sheriff Department and inmates of the Oktibbeha County Sheriff Department. Implemented the 1st & 2nd Computerized Learning Centers in the State of Mississippi in HUD operated multifamily housing projects. Responsible for the creation of (5) computerized learning centers in Child Fund International (CFI) sponsored sites throughout the State of Mississippi.
  • Microsoft Office User Specialist Instructor: Mississippi Valley State Faculty and Admin. Staff Instructor:East Mississippi Community College.

Anthony Goins


  • 2003-Present Principal Clinton Public School District Clinton, MS 2006 Administrator of the Year2000-2003 Assistant Principal Clinton Public School District Clinton, MS Teacher Hinds County Public School District, Hinds, MS1999 Carver Middle School Teacher of Year

Josie H. Arrington, PH.D.

Objective To provide key leadership in establishing the vision and mission of a school by creating strategic plans to support school goals.

  • University Professor, Reading, Early Childhood Education
  • Headstart Nutritional Director
  • Elementary School Principal
  • GED Instructor 


  • University of Southern Mississippi- Doctorate of Education, Curriculum & Supervision
  • Delta State University- AAA in Education
  • MS Valley State University- Master’s of Education, Elementary Ed.
  • Alcorn State University- Bachelor of Science in Education, Home Economics and Child Development 

Specific Areas Of Interest:

  • Collaboration with the public school professionals nationwide to develop strategies for implementing educational improvement
  • Design curricula to integrate regular education and workforce goals and objectives in order to maximize student learning
  • Development of training modules to prepare paraprofessionals and regular educational teachers to work with the needs of special children in the school and community
  • Research of specific problems/ needs related to the education and community children who allow for the assimilation, analysis, and dissemination of resources
  • Provide assistance as a resource center for information and support for both children and parent

Darlena McHenry


  • Fielding Institute Seminars in Neuropsychology 2003
  • Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University Educational Psychology 1996
  • M.S. California State University, Sacramento Counseling and School Psychology 1988
  • B.S. National University Behavioral Science 1986
  • School /Educational Psychology Experience:
  • Santa Fe Psychological Services 2003-2004
  • Hemet Unified School District 1996-2002
  • Palo Verde Unified School District 1988-1996
  • Del Paso Heights School District 1987-1988
  • San Juan Unified School District 1987

Counseling Experience

  • DIF Educational and Social Services Mexico 2003
  • Lutheran Social Services 1991-1994
  • Palo Verde Community College 1988-1991
  • Sacramento Urban League 1984-1985
  • Sacramento City Unified 1987

Teaching Experience

  • Teacher IMAC Guadalajara Mexico 2003
  • Guest Professor Universidad de Guadalajara Mexico 2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Ca. 1999-2002
  • Adjunct Faculty, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, Ca. 1998-2002
  • Teacher, Riverside County Office of Education, Blythe, Hemet, Ca. Summer 96/97/98
  • Adjunct Faculty, California State University San Bernardino, Blythe, Ca 1988-1991
  • Adjunct Faculty, Palo Verde Community College, Blythe Ca. 1991-1998

Non-Profit and Research Experience

  • CEO St. Carrie’s Center for Human Development/Global Perspective 2001-Present
  • University of Havana Cuba 2002
  • ALINT Montreal Quebec Canada 2003
  • Fala Portuguese Salvador Brazil 2004
  • Leornardo Da Vinci Florence Italy 2004
  • Living German Namibia 2004
  • Tijuana, Mexico Amigos a Amigos 2006-Present
  • Porto Novo, Benin Missionary Work 2005
  • El Salvador Adolescent Health and Wellness 2003
  • Costa Rica Absentee Prevention and Dental Health 2001
  • Cuba Educational Support/School Supplies 2002

Language Proficiency: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese