Employees of the month - Angela Collins and Stacey Jones

Coahoma Selects First Set of Employees of the Month for Fall 2019: Lackey and Jones

Angela Lackey enthusiastically serves as the Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for Coahoma Community College. Stacy J. Jones is in his second year of teaching chemistry at Coahoma Community College

Coahoma Selects First Set of Employees of the Month for Fall 2019: Lackey and Jones

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

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Mon Sep 30, 2019

Angela Collins

Angela Lackey

Angela Lackey enthusiastically serves as the Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for Coahoma Community College. Lackey has been employed at the institution off and on for 30 years.

A graduate of then Coahoma Junior College, she began paying it forward in 1984 after her third child was born.

Today, Lackey is the mother of seven adult children and the grandmother of 25 grandchildren. She majored in secretarial science while a student at CCC and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Strayer University. She is proud to have been taught honesty, punctuality, and trustworthiness from her mother Dotsie Mae, who exemplified these traits.

“I love the family ambiance that you get at Coahoma,” she expressed.

Lackey enjoys representing Coahoma and issuing scholarships to potential students. She especially loves the bond she has with the counselors at all 16 schools in Coahoma’s five-county service area.

For her, going out to recruit students is quite satisfying.

She finds joy in singing. Many members of the CCC campus community would be intrigued by her ability to sing opera and belt out notes from the likes of opera singer Leontyne Price. She has performed “The Lord’s Prayer” at all of her children’s weddings.

Another hobby of hers is driving. It gives her meditation time with God and helps bring to mind her day’s to-dos.

One characteristic that makes her stand out from the pack is that she genuinely loves people.

“Everywhere I go, I try to put a smile on somebody’s face,” she said.

When she leaves offices on campus, the place is full of laughter and smiles.

“I want to make sure that they get their smile for the day,” she added.

Nicknamed the mother of the Admissions Office, her hope is that CCC students are at home away from home. She plays a big part in carrying out this mission with her endearing personality and her strong work ethic.

“I believe the students are our clients, our customers and they should be treated as such, so I bring that energy to Admissions,” she said.

“When Mr. Houston came into the office and told me I was Employee of the Month, all I could do was smile. Anytime I can represent Coahoma Community College in any way, it’s very exciting for me.”

 

Stacey Jones

Stacy Jones

Stacy J. Jones is in his second year of teaching chemistry at Coahoma Community College. He is most fond of teaching and “working with great people” at CCC.

Seeing the expression on students’ faces when successful understanding of a concept has manifested is truly rewarding, he says. He is grateful for the advice and support his colleagues offer.

“I enjoy knowing that I was part of the educational journey,” he said.

“One of my favorite quotes is “Leave this world a little better than you found it.” I strive to make a positive contribution in all that I do. My mother has truly been an inspiration in my life. I admire her patience, kindness.”

The instructor has received degrees in chemistry from the University of Mississippi as well as Jackson State University. He was named a National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellow and a Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Fellow. Jones has accumulated more than 15 years of experience teaching chemistry at the high school, community college, and university level. He has even worked as a professional chemist and is currently involved in gathering chemistry research.

Jones admires the way Coahoma nurtures students. The small class sizes and resources grant students the opportunity to grow and gain confidence in their abilities.

“At larger institutions, these students would be otherwise overlooked in larger classes,” he said.

A passionate educator and Falcon, Mississippi native, Jones has been fortunate to have in his class bright students who may not have had the best background but were hard-working and motivated.

When he’s not making new discoveries with test tubes, he is solving Sudoku puzzles, exploring puzzle apps and traveling.

A key figure instrumental to Jones’ success is CCC board member Reverend Alvis Pryor, who taught Jones chemistry in high school. Pryor encouraged him to participate in summer programs.

“His involvement in my life, along with that of my mother, cultivated my love and appreciation of science,” he said. “I am a professional chemist and educator today because of him.”