Employees of the Month for May 2019

Taylor, Thigpen Serve Coahoma Well, Named Employees of the Month

Theresa Taylor, an Early Childhood Education instructor, is a beloved employee of Coahoma who holds a 13-year tenure with the institution.  Kadijiah Thigpen has been serving as the administrative assistant in the Division of Career and Technical Education for four years now.

Taylor, Thigpen Serve Coahoma Well, Named Employees of the Month

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

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Thu May 16, 2019

Theresa TaylorTheresa Taylor

Theresa Taylor, an Early Childhood Education instructor, is a beloved employee of Coahoma who holds a 13-year tenure with the institution.

An alumna of Coahoma Community College, Taylor teaches how young children grow, develop and learn from birth to age 8, which becomes useful and applicable knowledge to the students when they have their own children.

“Every day is a learning process, whether it’s life experiences or theory. You have to put theory into practice,” said Taylor.

The idea that she can change lives by “imparting knowledge, wisdom and instruction” keeps her going, even if it’s one student at a time.

According to Taylor, the early years of one’s foundation is an integral part of growth.

“I graduated from Coahoma, and I just feel like it’s important to come and give back and this is my way of giving back,” said Taylor.

A Chicago-born and St. Louis-raised mother of three and grandmother of nine, Taylor doesn’t mind being of aid when it comes to the students.

“I go above and beyond what is required because it’s not about me; it’s about the students,” she said. “And that image represents Coahoma.”

The idea that learning is a never-ending process gives her the strength to continue educating with other faculty in the Career Technical division at CCC.

“Most of my hobbies are centered around Christian life education,” said Taylor, who is an usher and Sunday School teacher at her church. Additionally, she enjoys walking and says people would be surprised that she likes dance.

Taylor is also a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. She earned her master’s degree from Walden University.

Kadijiah ThigpenKadijiah Thigpen

Kadijiah Thigpen has been serving as the administrative assistant in the Division of Career and Technical Education for four years now.

She enjoys doing everything that her position entails, mostly working with people and being a team player.

“I like to keep things flowing the right way,” says Thigpen.

Thigpen says she especially loves working with Career-Tech dean and associate dean, Ann Shelton-Clark and Lucy Chatman-Scott.

She stays motivated by surrounding herself with positive people. The biblical verse Ecclesiastes 9:10 best explains her personal outlook on working.

“If a task is ever done, be it labor great or small, do it well or not at all,” Thigpen said, summing up the meaning of the scripture.

The Quitman County native believes Coahoma’s thoroughly supportive faculty and staff sets the institution apart from others.

A member of Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church where Alvis Pryor serves as pastor, Thigpen is particularly fond of singing in the choir at church. In her spare time, she goes shopping and spends quality time with family.

She has two children Chance and Kaleigh as well as two sisters, Marquisha and Tenisha; a brother, Jeremey, two nieces, Allisyn and Ra’Kireeyal, and a nephew, Al’Darius. She is the daughter of Latonia and Marvin Thigpen.

A few qualities she brings to the table includes her good attitude, strong work ethic and dependability.

Thigpen is delighted to have been named one of the Employees of the Month for the month of May. She was surprised to find that her work has not gone unnoticed.

“Hard work pays off. I’m very grateful and appreciative to be Employee of the Month,” she said.