For Immediate Release
Aug. 26, 2015
Dr. Catherine Cushinberry,, (601) 969-6936

Parents for Public Schools Representative Joins East Mississippi Community

sally pictureEast Mississippi has a new ally in the work of strengthening and advocating for public schools. Sally Gray, a Parent Coach with the national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) for seven years, has recently joined the Meridian and Lauderdale County community. With 17 chapters in 12 states, PPS provides education and engagement opportunities for parents and caregivers to become leaders in school improvement efforts at the local, state, and national level.

Gray comes to Meridian from Tupelo where she organized political forums, developed and led community advisory groups for the public schools, conducted Lunch Bunch events on education topics, worked on early childhood improvement efforts, and led annual multi-day Parent Engagement Programs (PEPs) in Northeast Mississippi.

Gray will be working with the community to provide parent engagement programming and other learning opportunities in east Mississippi. “I look forward to meeting parents, school personnel, community leaders and others and working together to strengthen public schools to help our children succeed” said Gray. “If we want strong, economically viable communities, we must all support our public schools.”  

“Sally is sharp and cares deeply and passionately about our mission. I see great promise in once again having a PPS presence in east Mississippi,” said Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. “I hope we can work with the community to pilot new and exciting programs related to early childhood development and possibly even STEM that will then be scaled up to our chapters in  Mississippi and across the country.”

Gray relocated with her husband, Lloyd, a graduate of Meridian High School. They have three adult children. Gray is currently making introductions to stakeholders in the area. She can be reached at her office at The Montgomery Institute, 200 24th Avenue South, or by phone at 662-401-3897.