In February, the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees approved the hire of Morgan Abraham as the new principal of Sudduth Elementary School.
Abraham is a native of Tupelo, and began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Vicksburg. She comes to the district from the Tupelo Public School District, where she served as assistant principal of Rankin Elementary School. At one point in Tupelo, she worked under current Assistant Superintendent Anna Guntharp.
Abraham holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, a master’s from Alcorn State University and an educational specialist degree from Delta State University. She replaces former Sudduth Elementary Principal Elizabeth Mosley, who retired in May after nearly 40 years in education.
The SDN caught up with Abraham to ask a few questions as the school year began.
Q: What are your thoughts on your new position?
A: “The first few weeks have been very smooth for us. At the beginning of school, we had some good opportunities for team building and professional development. We kicked off our school year as educators with Manny Scott, who was very dynamic, and gave us all the challenge to do great things, and inspired us all with his ‘salty love’ sayings. Then we came back to our buildings and had a chance to do some team building as a Sudduth staff and get to know each other and learn about our missions and ideas for the year. Once our kids came we just jumped right in, and started off right away learning about each other as students and as people and building relationships. Relationships are really one of our focuses this year, so building relationships, and from day one started talking about procedures in our school and in our classrooms, and those things have helped us get off to a smooth start with everybody working together. The parents have been wonderful. The community has been supportive, and I think we’re off to a great start as a school.”
Q: What is your background?
A: “I as a kindergarten teacher. I started my career in Vicksburg. Once we got married, we were there for four years. I taught one year of third grade and kindergarten the rest of the three. We moved to Tupelo, and I was in a kindergarten classroom there for four years, and then I was an instructional coach, and I supported the K-2 school there, working on curriculum and coaching teachers, and a liaison between the district office and the schools with curriculum, and the next yeas I was an assistant principal, and I found myself here in Starkville, and it’s great.”
For the full interview, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News.