Jada Shipp Meeks

Jada Shipp Meeks is an educator that is no stranger to courageous leadership.  In November 2004, Jada made national news when she took a stand on discipline. As principal of Geeter Middle School, she suspended the entire 8th grade class when students refused to clean up after a horrific food fight. Jada received hundreds of commitment, emails and letters from all over the nation in support of her dedication to providing her students with a more structured school environment.
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Education, Empowerment, Leadership, Motivation


Full Bio


Jada Shipp Meeks is an educator that is no stranger to courageous leadership.  In November 2004, Jada made national news when she took a stand on discipline. As principal of Geeter Middle School, she suspended the entire 8th grade class when students refused to clean up after a horrific food fight. Jada received hundreds of commitment, emails and letters from all over the nation in support of her dedication to providing her students with a more structured school environment.

Jada holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and a Master’s Degree in Instruction Curriculum and Leadership.  She obtained her Education Administration license from Freed-Hardeman University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Memphis. She has been a middle school teacher, an assistant principal and principal. As a teacher, she taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Computer Technology and AVID.
 
Mrs. Meeks has also traveled to China on a three-week tour to visit middle schools and the universities that train the middle school teachers in China. She visited Beijing, Shanghai, Nam King, Suzhou and Hong Kong. These visits have helped her understand different techniques that can be used to help our students in the United States.
 
As an educator, Jada has always challenged her students to reach for their goals and be the best they can be.  With this in mind, she founded Empowering Students Universally, a non-profit organization, which helps prepare high school students for the future. These students participant in career and college planning workshops, are placed in internships and are taken on college tours each summer. She has taken her students on tours to Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, Texas, Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of her civic involvement includes being Past President for the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools Association, an organization that has over 1,700 members statewide. In 2004, she was the Chairperson for the Annual State Conference that hosted over 800 teachers and administrators from across the State of Tennessee.
 
Jada has presented at two national conventions and several state conventions.  At the 33rd National Middle School Association Conference in Nashville Tennessee, she presented a workshop entitled “Missing in Action: Parental Involvement”. At the AECT National Convention in Dallas, Texas, Jada presented, “Is Electronic Mentoring a Survival Strategy: Does it help improve academic achievement in students?”
 
She also conducts workshops to equip others with information to empower them and make more informed decisions about careers, self-image, personal finance, college and vocational choices, ACT/SAT planning, financial aid planning, and scholarship planning. 
 
Emphasis:
Courageous Leadership
Educational Leadership
Motivation, Empowerment
Teacher Development
Whole School Development
 
Possible Keynotes
 
  1. Principal Encounters: Leadership in Adversity”: Jada has exemplified the ultimate courageous leadership. As the principal of Geeter Middle School she suspended the entire 8th grade for refusing to cleanup after a terrible food fight. The story made national news and was aired on CNN. Despite standing alone she stood her ground to teach her students that they needed a structured environment. She will share with you what motivated her to make such a courageous decision. 
     
  2. It’s okay to be the Change Agent”: When hired as a new school Principal of a Middle School, Jada had to make many tough decisions. She learned many lessons that can help others as they are put into the leadership that requires change. 
     
  3. There is a Silver Lining: Positive Thinking”: No matter what situation you find yourself in, you should always be positive. Jada has an uncanny way of finding a positive view in every situation. Whether you are in a tough situation or a confusing situation, there is always a silver lining that can be found. Jada will share her struggles from loss of job, career change, and times of waiting to know her fate in a very positive and comical way.

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