Contact Us: The people behind the Whole Schools Initiative

Jodie Engle

Jodie Engle
WSI Director
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201
Office: 601-359-6040
Fax: 601-359-6008
E-mail: JEngle@arts.ms.gov

Jodie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in theatre. She has enjoyed acting, teaching, writing and directing for over 20 years and has worked as a professional actor and teaching artist in Ohio and Mississippi. As an actor in Ohio, Jodie worked for the Columbus Children’s Theatre and the Center of Science and Technology (COSI). Throughout these experiences, arts in education influenced Jodie’s work and growth early in her career. As a teaching artist in Mississippi, Jodie spent time working in schools to integrate the arts in classrooms through model lessons and teacher workshops with the Whole Schools Initiative, Mississippi Readers Association and the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education. Her classes give students an opportunity to learn theatre basics, improvisation and writing skills. She coaches students to create new work in order to gain skills in conflict resolution, team building, and self-expression. She previously was the Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network and the Event Coordinator at the Ohio Arts Council.

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones
WSI Program Assistant
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201
Office: 601-359-6044
Fax: 601-359-6008
E-mail: jonesjennifer1313@gmail.com

Jennifer Jones, originally from Upstate New York, has a Bachelor’s of Science in Arts Administration from Belhaven University. She has experience in both administrative work, as well as, in event coordination. Jennifer, through her education at Belhaven and experience in various jobs/internships, has discovered a sincere joy in the development and application of Arts Education and Arts Integration within schools today. Through the experience she gained interning with MAC and the Whole Schools Initiative program, she is glad to have the opportunity to help reach schools throughout Mississippi in the growth and development that Arts Education/ Integration has to offer.

Kim Whitt

Kim Whitt
Arts Education Director
501 North West Street
Suite 1101A Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201
Office: 601-359-6037
Fax: 601-359-6008
E-mail: kwhitt@arts.ms.gov

Kim Whitt serves as Arts Education Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission where she administers grants and provides technical assistance to schools throughout the state. She previously was the Project Director for an arts-focused model Whole School(Nora Davis Magnet School, Laurel, MS) where she taught visual art, drama, and dance. As a teacher/consultant for the MS Arts Commission, she has taught and designed arts integration professional development programs. Whitt is a fiber artist and holds a B.A. in anthropology and dance from The University of Southern Mississippi and is certified to teach K-12 in visual and performing arts. She is a member of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild and has taught weaving to all age levels, beginner to advanced.

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Karen Burke
Special Project Coordinator
105 Ridgelawn Drive
Vicksburg MS 39183
Office: 601-636-8980 h/fax
E-mail: k_burke1@bellsouth.net

Karen Burke is a retired teacher and administrator from Mississippi’s public schools. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in elementary education from the University of Mississippi and is certified as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and administrator. Her administrative job experiences include professional development, elementary curriculum, accreditation, grant management, and long-range planning. Burke currently serves as project facilitator for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole School Initiative. She is the treasurer of Learning Forward Mississippi and of her local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women in education; and she volunteers with United Way of West Central Mississippi.

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