Employees of the Month of March 2020 Mitchell & Willingham

Mitchell, Willingham Named Employees of the Month

Neal Mitchell has held the position of brick, block and stone masonry instructor at Coahoma Community College for a decade now. Lorean Willingham serves as the program director of the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Mitchell, Willingham Named Employees of the Month

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

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Thu Mar 26, 2020

Neil MitchellNeal Mitchell has held the position of brick, block and stone masonry instructor at Coahoma Community College for a decade now. Having served the institution as the supervisor of transportation and a campus safety officer, he says it is more than an honor and privilege to have been part of the Tiger family for so long.

He never imagined that his passion for construction would lead to teaching a facet of the field.

Mitchell is on a mission to prove that brick masonry is not as complicated as it seems.

“While seeking the best out of my students, I try to push them to give it his or her all, and then push some more,” said Mitchell, a CJC graduate.

His motto, ‘Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves; blessed is the leader who develops leaders while leading,’ helps guide him in educating his students.

Mitchell elevates students’ skills, bringing out the potential of beginners and transforming them into career-ready masons.

His earliest education in construction began at Clarksdale High’s Carl Keen Career and Technical Center. He completed the masonry program at Coahoma Junior College in 1984.

Mitchell serves as a deacon under the leadership of Pastor Jimmy Glasper at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

He and wife Connie, the love of his life, have been married for 34 years. They are the proud parents of four adult children—Jonathon, Neal Jr., Charles, and Charnele Mitchell.

Lorean WillinghamLorean Willingham serves as the program director of the Associate Degree Nursing program. She began her tenure as a full-time instructor in 2007 and encourages students to produce their best work.

Willingham received her associate degree in nursing from Northwest Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University and a master’s from William Carey University.

She has certifications in tuberculin (TB) skin testing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS). In 2012, she was honored with the Lamplighter award for distinguished academic leadership.