Erma Rogers Head Start Center Graduates

Congratulations to Ms. Marion Edwards, Child Development Specialist at the Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS).  Ms. Edwards has been certified as a Pre-K CLASS Trainer. She attended CLASS Affiliate training in Kansas City, Missouri to become CLASS Certified.

Marion is the daughter of Potts Camp Mayor, Ms. Mary Houston, and she is the mother of three children, Rashane’, Demaris and Brandon and the grandmother of Madison and Maliyah.

As a Certified Pre-K CLASS Trainer, Marion can deliver the introduction of the CLASStm Tool program and the Class Observation Training within the organization and has been instructed in effective delivery of these CLASS Programs.

Marion started her career at ICS Head Start in September 1996 as a teacher assistant.  After working at ICS for one year she was promoted to teacher at the Marjean Taylor Myatt Head Start Center in Holly Springs.  After serving as a teacher for 13 years, she also worked as an administrative assistant at the same center for 2 years.  Ms. Edwards was later promoted to education coordinator under Dr. Norma Strickland and later as a CLASS Specialist. 

Ms. Edwards was very pleased to share her Certification with Dr. Norma Strickland, Child Development Director, Mrs. Eloise McClinton, Executive Director and the ICS Head Start Family.  Marion thanked everyone for their assistance.

This is an honor states Marion, who has prepared for this testing and is now reaping the benefits from her hard work.

Shannon Buford Promoted


Congratulation to Twanda Pryor who has successfully completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University on June 1, 2016.  She is currently serving as Deputy Center Director at the Batesville Head Start Center.  She states this position affords her the opportunity to collaborate with community leaders and stakeholders for the benefit of helping the community, parents, and most of all, the children.  Mrs. Pryor also states that she enjoys the dynamics of leadership and discovery and this new stage will add to the fortress of what she deems her Personal Growth Plan.  

Motto: Chase your dreams, burst out at the seams.  Never stop trying, never stop learning. Live life to the fullest, give it nothing but your best.


ICS, Inc. promotes the higher learning of all its employees.  They are encouraged to continue on with their education as high as they can dream.  Therefore, the Erma Rogers Head Start Center would like to congratulate the graduates of the 2015-2016 school year.  Ms. Christi Foster received a Master’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University, Mrs. Carla Muse graduated Cum Laude from Rust College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Childcare Management., Ms. Asanta Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rust College with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Childcare Management, and Toveda Harper received Masters of Science Degree in General Psychology from Grand Canyon University. They have all worked very hard and achieved a great dream.  On Behalf of Lizzie Blackmond, Center Director, we wish to Congratulate you and wish you success in all your endeavors.

Dr. Shannon Buford was recently promoted at the Institute of Community Services, Inc. (ICS) as the Disabilities/Mental Health Director, she served as Comprehensive Services Manager upon her arrival at ICS beginning in February of 2015.

Dr. Buford is a graduate of Mississippi State University (B.S.), The University of Mississippi (M.Ed, Ed.S) and the University of Memphis (Ed.D).

Dr. Buford states that with  this new her position  she will be responsible  for organizing, monitoring and implementing activities in the child development services areas, including disabilities and mental health and early childhood education services as required by ACF performance Standards, Mississippi State Department of Health as directed by the ICS executive director Mrs. Eloise McClinton.

Buford is also the liaison for the Tallahatchie Early Learning Alliance initiative (TELA). ICS+TELA is a partnership that seeks to strengthen and empower teachers and families to empower children. As liaison, she will work closely with both programs to provide ongoing assistance and support to mobilize and disseminate information necessary to enhance the quality of services that are provided to all children and families in Tallahatchie County. 

Pictured left to right:  Christi Foster, Carla Muse, Asanta Brown, Toveda Harper, and in the center is Center Director Lizzie Blackmond.


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