CCC Alumni Named Top Administrator in Oxford School District
CLARKSDALE – A Clarksdale native and Coahoma Community College alumni was recently selected as the top administrator of Oxford School District.
LaTonya Renee Williams-Robinson was recently selected by fellow administrators to receive the 2013-2014 Oxford School District’s Administrator of the Year award. She is the daughter of Joyce Davis of Clarksdale, an employee of CCC. She has served as the principal of Oxford Elementary School in Oxford, MS since 2011.
Robinson attended CCC from 1994 to 1996, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in Elementary Education. During her time at CCC, Robinson was also honored as homecoming queen.
“I worked in the library with Mrs. (Yvonne) Stanford, had wonderful classes with (the late) Mr. Roosevelt Wade and Mr. (Carl) Pitts—who tickled me to no end, and had classes with Mrs. (Beatrice) Reid and Mrs. Karen Woods-Done,” Robinson recalled fondly of her time at CCC.
“Mrs. Woods-Done was awesome to me while at CCC. She was a mentor, and so was Mrs. Reid. I also had classes under (President) Dr. Valmadge Towner, and he was brutal! Math for me was never easy…”
Robinson continued her education at the University of Mississippi, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. She also received an education specialist degree from Delta State University.
Despite her many achievements, Robinson credits her roots in Clarksdale as the foundation of her success. While growing up in the Delta was not always easy, she said her hometown has served as her inspiration to become the person she is today.
“I learned to value education. My K-12 teachers were all so awesome. That was an era where teachers took you home with them, and they loved you to success,” she said. “This is what I strive to teach my teachers here in Oxford—Love conquers a multitude of things!”
During the 2014-15 school term, Robinson will continue her career as the principal of Della Davidson Elementary School, located in Oxford.