Jerome Petty lands 2021 Humanities Teacher of the Year naming

Jerome Petty

Jerome Petty lands 2021 Humanities Teacher of the Year naming

Having dedicated much of his life to advancing the youth, Petty is being honored as Coahoma’s 2021 Humanities Teacher of the Year. In his 21-year career in teaching, he has educated a varied age range of students.

Jerome Petty lands 2021 Humanities Teacher of the Year naming

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

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Fri Feb 19, 2021

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Benoit, Mississippi, native Jerome Petty serves Coahoma Community College as an adjunct instructor of Public Speaking. He has built 21 years of experience educating a varied age range of students in Mississippi and Arkansas. Having dedicated much of his life to advancing the youth, Petty is being honored as Coahoma’s 2021 Humanities Teacher of the Year.

Alongside his service to Tiger Nation, he maintains ties with Mississippi Valley State University, where he received his bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies. Petty currently holds the title of director for the MVSU Upward Bound II program and taught theater and English to participants of the program from 2007 until 2012. From 2017 to 2019, he was the academic coordinator. Last year, Petty secured two $10,000 STEM grants for the program, one from the Teaching Through Technologies (T3) Alliance and the other from NASA. The educator is credited for his help in getting a STEM lab, podcast studio, and photography studio funded for Upward Bound II. He has provided guidance to student leaders of the university as an advisor to Mr. MVSU and the Student Government Association.

Petty received his master’s in communication studies and theater from Arkansas State University.

An advocate for progressing first-generation scholars from low-income backgrounds, he has collaborated with MVSU on numerous freshman experience and student leadership projects and partnered with Mission Mississippi to give young scholars insight into the world of business.

Petty has served as a music teacher for West Bolivar Elementary School, a Government, Economics, and Law instructor at Leflore County High, and a Public Speaking instructor for Arkansas State University from 2010 until 2012. Multifaceted, he has delivered uplifting messages in motivational speaking engagements for the College, MVSU, and Mississippi Delta-based youth organizations. Out of dedication to serving, he's taken the lead as chair of programs contributing to the growth, knowledge, and survival of young males in underprivileged environments with his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi.

Now a resident of Itta Bena, Mississippi, he aims daily to "aspire to inspire before he expires." He and his wife Kathy Petty have four children, Ke'Ralos, R'Gnae, M'Chos, and Trentis. Petty regards himself as an avid disc golf player and enjoys writing and producing theater shows. He credits a host of achievements to successful communication, dedication, and a supportive team of staff, colleagues, mentors, and supervisors whom he salutes without hesitation.

Petty believes exponential growth occurs when individuals can see things through the lens of potential, not as they are. The change-embracing instructor cites Eleanor Roosevelt in offering a treasured inspirational quote, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." He hopes to leave the world in better shape than he found it by continuing on his mission of adequately educating students and connecting them to a world of knowledge. In his opinion, education today depicts, impacts, and influences the future.

Yearly, the Mississippi Humanities Council chooses an exceptional faculty member from each higher learning institution in the state who teaches in the Humanities field to receive the Humanities Teacher of the Year Award. Previous recipients have presented at a reception hosted by the College and joined other awardees at a banquet in Jackson, Mississippi. CCC President Dr. Valmadge T. Towner and Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Rolonda Brown take on the honor of recommending an instructor deserving of the title.