Employees of the Month - Wanda Lee and Patrick Johnson

Second Duo of Employees of the Month for Fall 2019, Lee and Johnson

Longtime English teacher, Wanda Lee, is in her fifth year of teaching at CCC.  Tutorial Services Coordinator, Patrick Johnson Sr., has an eight-year tenure with Coahoma Community College.

Second Duo of Employees of the Month for Fall 2019, Lee and Johnson

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Oct 22, 2019

Wanda Lee

Longtime English teacher, Wanda Lee, is in her fifth year of teaching at Coahoma Community College.

A proud product of CCC who was a member of the College’s cheerleading squad and the salutatorian of her CCC class, Lee has had three generations of her family to attend and graduate from Coahoma, including both of her parents, her aunt, uncle, brother and her son.

When it comes to teaching, Lee mainly enjoys interactions with her students and making a difference. Seeing growth in students really makes the job worthwhile, she says.

Her one-word mantra “Excel!” is a set standard for herself as well as her students.

“I try to stamp everything I do with excellence,” she said.

“That’s something I demand out of myself and my students, for them to do their very best and me to lead by example and do my very best.”

Lee accumulated 21 years of experience in teaching at Clarksdale High School before continuing her career at Coahoma. Something she is most proud of accomplishing is directing and putting on original black history programs that were just as educational as they were entertaining every subsequent year after her first term teaching there.

She is the proud daughter of Marie and Sylvester Lee Sr., the proud mother of John Price Hopson Lee and the proud wife of Roy Farmer, a retired educator.

Hobbies she enjoys regularly include reading, writing, traveling, dancing and staying physically fit.

She is an honor graduate of Clarksdale High and was named a hall of fame student. Lee was also a cum laude graduate of Jackson State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English, and a distinguished military graduate from Jackson State’s ROTC program. Lee received her master’s degree in English education from Delta State University and has also completed some study at the University of Mississippi.

A quality that stands out to her about Coahoma is that it is “making a difference in the Mississippi Delta for students who may not have had an opportunity without it.”

Coahoma is home, she says. Enthusiasm and passion for educating makes her a standout educator of the campus community.

Recognizing the need to continue the cycle of gaining knowledge, Lee prides herself on being a lifelong learner who presently has an interest in learning Spanish.

She especially thanks her mom for rearing her in love by teaching her that her best is, in fact, good enough. Lee says that having a good husband has been the key ingredient to her work and home life balance.

“He’s got my back—the wind beneath my wings,” she added.

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Tutorial Services Coordinator Patrick Johnson Sr., who has an eight-year tenure with Coahoma Community College, mostly enjoys serving the student body of the institution as well as being a member of the Student Engagement staff.

When it comes to giving the same amount of energy to his personal life as he does to his job, he often refers to a bible verse found in Luke chapter 12, verse 48—To whom much is given, much is required.

“Balancing work and my personal life can be challenging at times dealing with my sons and everything they have going on, my family, and the best fraternity known to mankind, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and not to mention getting off work at 9:30 p.m.,” said Johnson.

A Jonestown native, Johnson recently underwent leadership development with the Community College Policy Fellowship Program for junior colleges in Mississippi and Alabama. In his free time, he is a sports fan, watching and attending sporting events.

He is motivated a great deal by his two sons, 13-year-old Patrick Jr. and eight-month-old Tyler.

Holding the view that the honor of being named Employee of the Month could have been bestowed upon any of his co-workers, he is very appreciative that he has been one of two chosen for the title.

After receiving his diploma from Coahoma Agricultural High School, he graduated from Coahoma Community College then continued his matriculation at Delta State University.

Because his granddad, who was a sharecropper, and his grandmother, a housewife, were able to raise 12 children, they are sources of inspiration for Johnson. He praises his mom, Pearline, highly for being an example of strength.

“I saw her go to work on days she didn’t feel well or just didn’t feel like going,” he recalled.

“She worked her same job for 41 years. She would literally help anybody. She would always say I’m not doing it to get glory or praise but I’m doing it because it is the godly thing to do…For that, I’m very grateful to have a mom like her.”