LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Kesia Pope

Position: Principal
School: Bay Springs High School
School District: West Jasper School District
City, State: Bay Springs, MS

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Kesia Pope was nominated by a family member, Emma Pope.

Dr. Pope is a principal who stands out in a crowd as she relentlessly promotes reading, writing, arithmetic, relevance, rigor and relationships. “Smell the aroma of your diploma and follow your nose.” says Dr. Pope to her students. Her persona exemplifies energy, excitement and enthusiasm about education. She lives out loud to teach, guide and influence students for the better. She inspires students to stay awake, and not sleep on the opportunity to create the quality of life that they desire.

Dr. Pope’s track record boasts her proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students. While teaching Biology for twelve years, she brought learning to life and engaged pupils in lab activities, pedigree presentations, Mitotis Quilt creation and a variety of hands-on/minds-on tasks. The Mitosis Quilt creation was an out of the box lesson which allowed students to showcase their art skills by drawing and labeling mitosis on fabric squares. The lesson extended to include tacking the quilt with the help of a retired educator. It helped students learn more about mitosis during the quilting process.

Dr. Pope taught lessons that enticed pupils to get involved and participate in the learning. She delivered instruction above and beyond the scheduled classes, tutoring students after school and on Saturdays so that all students were well prepared to demonstrate their learning. Principal Pope calls students by name and communicates with them about their academic progress and plans for college or career. During lunch, she canvasses the cafeteria and converses with students each day. 

As principal, Dr. Pope makes a direct impact by serving as a Biology tutor as a safety net to make certain that students meet graduation requirements. Because reading can make or break students’ quality of life, Principal Pope formulated the “Reading is FUNdaMENTAL” initiative. All students on campus “Lock Down and Read” fifteen minutes daily and are required to read. They also take AR tests on at least two books in their lexile range each term. Dr. Pope also incorporated a twenty - four minute “Read - Write - Rhythm” block on the daily schedule to provide each student with exactly what they need for academic success.

While teaching, Dr. Pope made positive additions to the development of her school’s atmosphere by providing students with incentives for positive classroom behavior. Students had the opportunity to travel to The Aquariums in Atlanta and New Orleans, if they met the criteria for Pope’s Pets.  She capitalized upon parental contacts by establishing and sustaining two-way communication via phone calls, post cards, pamphlets, email, electronic “Biological Basics” newsletters and home visits.  She created a haven of hope for academic achievement in her classroom. Dr. Pope purposefully and pridefully contributed to the development of her school’s atmosphere by showcasing the students’ abilities and talents to their peers, their families, the faculty and the community.

Dr. Pope was the event coordinator of school and community programs in celebration of American Education Week, Winter Showcase and Black History Month. She collaborated with performing arts teachers and students to figure out the planning, emceeing, performing and staging the productions. These events were magnets for all stakeholders to go to the school and witness student performances. They were able to witness the excellence the students demonstrated in speaking, duet acting, singing, modeling, dancing and playing instruments.   

Upon accepting the principal position at Bay Springs High, Dr. Pope personally contacted each family by phone to introduce herself and share positive expectations. These initial phone conversations were crucial in creating a nurturing atmosphere conducive to learning. She thrives on building rapport and establishing relationships with students and their families. Embracing the importance of a positive school climate, Dr. Pope also recognizes and rewards the Good Girls and Good Guys who rise to the expectations and demonstrate model behavior. Her daily conversations with students and parents are exponential contributors to the positive campus climate.

Dr. Pope’s has exhibited leadership throughout her career. While teaching, she mentored new teachers by modeling instruction, providing a listening ear and sharing effective teaching tactics and resources. She also shared with colleagues from other campuses. Dr. Pope led the campus Teacher Induction Academy at Hattiesburg High. She strengthened the practices of novice teachers by providing a place for them to seek and find solutions to the daily challenges of teaching and learning. For a semester, Dr. Pope was tasked to lead Hattiesburg Public School District’s retention and recruitment efforts. She traveled the district, collaborating with principals and interacting with teachers in efforts to address any education inhibitors that could possibly deter learning.

Dr. Pope served as president of the Hattiesburg Association of Educators and frequently joined forces with leaders from around Mississippi to promote quality public education for all students. Currently, Principal Pope leads Bay Springs High School with purpose. She makes a daily impact on learning by reviewing teachers’ lesson plans and offering feedback, visiting classrooms and engaging teachers in post observation conferences and ultimately influencing the quality of instruction in the building. Echoing off the walls is her matter of fact statement, “Teaching and learning are top priority.” 

Dr. Pope has established a record of excellent performance at the professional level. She ultimately created an 85% pass rate for first time testers. Designing lessons based on students’ needs and exploding with relevance, she earned National Board Certification. After entering administration, Dr. Pope borrowed a Biology class, taught the students for a semester and claimed Nation Board Recertification. She was selected to present at Mississippi’s National Board Summit, where she shared with national board educators from across the state. She was selected as Teacher of the Year for Hattiesburg High School and the Hattiesburg Public School District before she began administration.

Dr. Pope was also a Fulbright Commission German Exchange participant and successfully coordinated two full exchanges as students traveled abroad and experienced German culture. Students didn’t read about it or Google it. They applied for their passports, went the distance and lived the German way, including school and social scenarios, for two weeks. On the flip side, German students were hosted to live an American lifestyle. Concluding Dr. Pope’s first year as Bay Springs High School principal, the school’s accountability label improved from a C Rating to a B Rating. The second year showed more growth, only eight points shy of an A Rating. 

Principal Pope arranged field experiences for Proficiency Plus Pupils to travel to Birmingham in 2015, New Orleans in 2016 and Memphis in 2017, to visit America’s National Civil Rights Museums and The Aquarium. Students were exposed to the hidden curriculum while learning outside the box and having fun. The data proves that Dr. Pope and the faculty put the emphases on the proper places, pupils’ daily reading practice and students’ individual needs. 

"It is evident that Dr. Pope adheres to high moral and ethical standards as she treats students, teachers, parents and all stakeholders as she wants to be treated," Emma Pope said. "She urges teachers to execute The Golden Rule of Education and to treat students as they want their own children and grandchildren to be treated. Pope exploits every teachable moment and stimulates students to always do their best. She prompts pupils’ positive behavior and appropriate interactions as she inspires, 'No one rises to low expectations!' Dr. Pope impacts the lives of her students by making sure they participate in rigorous and relevant lessons, read daily to enhance comprehension, overcome academic challenges and graduate, showcase their talents, travel and gain needed exposure, and rise to meet high expectations. Indeed, proof is in the productivity that Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger."



Comments (649)


Lina Fairley Posted 4 months ago

I have known Dr Pope for over 15 years. He dedication to her Community and to the uplifting of others is electrifying. She exemplifies the scripture, “ We are our brothers keeper.

Jessie L Crosby Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has impacted the lives of many students, families, and friends here within the Bay Springs High School, district. I am a business owner here in the Bay Springs High School District, and a proud sponsor of our schools, teachers, coaches, and students. Dr. Kesia Pope has set the tempo high, First her leadership ability remind me of my sister who were also a principal at The Stringer Attendance Center, Stringer, MS and when it came down to education she caught a disease called (A P F S L). Now that Dr. Pope has been around Bay Springs High School, and took a drink of the fountain I do believe that she has the same disease (A P F S L) FYI "A PASSION FOR STUDENTS LEARNING".

Vanessa Holmes Lofton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an outstanding educator and an inspiration to many people. Her leadership ability exemplifies excellence. She is the definition of a life changer and is so deserving of the title.

Chandler Mcgaughy Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is an absolute life changer . When I first met Dr.Pope I knew she was very educated, classy , and stood on her word. I’m not the easiest person to deal with but Dr.Pope always knew exactly what to say and do . I love her dearly and she is one of the absolute BEST ??

Jestine Milsap Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator, motivator, and principal. I have noticed many great things about her as she show her concern towards the students learning. I like the fact she say, " no free time". Dr. Pope is great. I can honstly say she care about the student's.

Mattie Booker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator in creed and practice. The students and teachers under her watch are very fortunate. She is not only participating in their academic education, but she is also insuring that they have the foundation to guide them morally. That is not a small feat in this world where you see so much corruption. The high expectations that she has for her students will serve them well when they leave high school. A person with Dr. Pope's skills could do a lot of things that would possibly bring a lot more money into her life. The choice that she has made, placing changing young people lives over financial gain is a testament to her character and to the fact that we need to clone her.

Sandra Emrick Posted over a year ago

I know Dr. Kesia Pope from Hattiesburg School District. I was Speech Pathologist at Hattiesburg High when Dr. Pope was a biology teacher and assistant principal . Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator. She always strived for excellence in her students and herself. She was a great role model for her students and teachers. She consistently went above and beyond expectations with her work. She motivated and supported her teachers and students. Always pushing for the best in everyone. Dr. Pope is well deserving of this award. She never waivers from her goal of success in her work in educating students.

Terry Webb Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has been a true inspiration to the students at Bay Springs High I can say that she has been a life changer in the lives of my niece. I truly believe that she do live behind that statement no kids left behind Thank you Dr.Pope

Robert Anderson Posted over a year ago

I was a student of Ms. Pope she always went the extra mile not only to teach us what we needed to know in school. But also prepared us for the real world. I was smart did just enough to get by while getting in lots of trouble. But the persistence of Ms. Pope helped change my perspective on life. Life lessons that I still use to this very day. She is very passionate about all her students from every walk of life. And loved and treated us all as one. No other choice in my opinion!

Lillie Ann Bender Posted over a year ago

I really appreciate having someone like Dr.Pope at our school she has shown that she cares for the students as well as the faculty kids that just didn't really care about school Dr.showed such Love and concern even in classes where they are failing if she has to bring them to her office to work with the child she has done this how many of times if any one of the students gets sick she will see to them getting make up work if she has to bring it herself.I will support her to the end.

Lena Jangula-Ternes Posted over a year ago

In my life I have found that great principals establish a positive school culture by treating people the way they themselves would like to be treated. Dr. Pope exemplifies this each and every day by listening to both her students and staff and by treating everyone with respect. It is truly inspiring to observe someone in a position of authority meet you where you are at and challenge you to rise to the next level. It not only makes you feel loved and cared for, but also makes you feel worthy of greatness. Now more than ever, schools need great leaders and Dr. Pope is just that.

Austin Sigsworth Posted over a year ago

My name is Austin Sigsworth and I am nominating my principal, Dr. Pope for the “Life changer of the year” award. Mrs. Pope is really nice and has worked with me a lot. She cares for the students and I am glad I got to know her.

Joni Bishop Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding principal who leads with honor and respect. She has been a life changer for my son Austin Sigsworth, a senior at Bay Springs High School. It has been my privilege to get to know Dr. Pope and the faculty and staff at Bay Springs High School. I believe that good leadership trickles down and is measurable through the various persons under her employ. As a new student my son was able to acclimate successfully right away to a new school, new teachers and new classmates easily. As a mother, good education and good communication is important to me and at Bay Springs High School, my son received the extra care he needed to succeed and I was kept in the know every step of the way. Dr. Pope is a life changer.

Dr. April Watson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an excellent leader and has no doubt changed the lives of students at Bay Springs High School through her enthusiasm for learning and constant reminders to them to look to their futures and accomplish goals that will indeed change their lives.

Richard Mays,Jr. Posted over a year ago

Dr. pope is a great leader and , mentor of young men and women to our future generations. She is one in a million and has made a difference in young peoples future education. Dr. Pope has helped make West Jasper school district the one for others to envy.She has dedicated herself to setting the standard for others . This lady is a leader of leaders and ,if I was fortunate enough to be part of her staff? It would be an honor to serve.She is well respected among her staff,friends, and in her community. I’ve only known her for two years and , she had my respect from day one. Truth be told there are no amount of words that can explain her worth . There are no limits to her future . Dr. Pope is the one to watch.

Christopher Mark Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great example of what a leader should be. She has inspired me to achieve greatness and never settle for mediocrity. Dr. Pope is well deserving of such an honor.

John lindsey Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Emma Pope, Kee Pope, is one of the best I know in the work she does by investing in the youth. She has always been first class and a real role model to the children and young adults in and out of school in every community that she has contact. I know you have to be a very proud mother because the fruit of a tree will represent the tree. Thank you

Leroy and Maary Jenkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is worthy of all honors we can give her because she has taken on a task that many educators would shy away from.. She knows the importance of parental involvement, staff development, up-to-date technology, employing competent teachers and providing after school fun and learning experiences for students. She knows we must educate mind, body, and spirit to create caring and committed leaders. She has looked at the future and knows what is required for our children to be successful. She has determined that no matter the race, color, economic status or family background, she will do all within her power to ensure that all children will succeed to their ability.

Cheryl McNeil Posted over a year ago

Kudos to my line sister for being nominated. Your many accolades are an inspiration for others. I love the reading programs you have started. She deserves this honor.

Verna Miller Posted over a year ago

As a retired educator from the Hattiesburg Public School District, I had many opportunities to observe the leadership capabilities of Dr. Pope. She is a dynamic educational leader with a vision for innovative execution and progress. She interacts with compassion for all who are associated with her administration including administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as parents. She is a positive individual whose thoughts, actions and outlook reflect a strong belief in the values of all humans. I strongly support Kesia Pope as a LifeChanger.

LeTodd Minor Posted over a year ago

I remember when Dr.Pope was my teacher at HHS. She always did whatever it took for students to learn. At times I didn’t understand why she was so strict on us, but now I know it’s because she cared ! Dr. Pope had high expectations from her students because she could see potential when we couldn’t. Thanks for everything you have done for all of us!

Kim S. Brown Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for a number of years and have always thought she was a very energetic, excited and enthusiastic person, in addition to being the same type of educator. She is definitely passionate about life, and I have no doubt that her passion spills over into her vocation as an educator and her desire to affect change in the lives of her students. I think Dr. Pope is absolutely deserving of this award and others!

Christopher Magee Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope push me to excel in school and life. She never let stop or give up in school and till this day she stills remembers me by my whole and that’s makes me feel good

Sonyia Kidd Posted over a year ago

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ? William Arthur Ward. Congratulations Dr. Kesia Pope on your nomination for LifeChanger of the Year! You are very deserving of this honor.

Angel Mister Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is very passionate about the welfare and education of all kids that she encounters. She truly cares about her students and will encourage and motivate them to be the best versions of themselves. She exemplifies the true sentiment of “we are our children’s keeper”.

Aunt Louise Randall Posted over a year ago

I’ve known Kesia all her life. She is blessed and beautiful inside and out. Kesia is charismatic and creative, and she thinks outside the box. She has shown excellent skills and developed a rapport with students, colleagues, and parents that is characterized by mutual respect. Kesia has my highest recommendation for the nomination of Life Changer of the Year 2017-2018. Kesia gives high-level questioning techniques that are employed to broaden the students’ thinking. In addition to encouraging students to reflect upon their learning, Keisa herself regularly uses her teaching experiences as opportunities for growth and skill refinement. She is and always will be, “Dr. Kesia Pope”, an educator, administrator and motivator for scholars all around. I look forward to learning more about the accomplishments that lie in my niece’s professional educational future. Love you Kesia. Aunt Louise

M Clark Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope exemplifies the qualities of a Life Changer. She is a self-motivated, caring, dedicated, and resilient servant and leader in the community. She is committed to providing the educational tools and life experiences to enrich lives.

Norris Clark Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an exceptional individual who is passionate, motivated and committed to education. During her time as a biology teacher, Dr. Pope developed communication, presentation, and classroom management skills that enabled her to make challenging science lessons interesting and fun for her students. She was always thinking “out of the box” to keep the students engaged in learning. What I admire the most about Dr. Pope is her drive and committment to helping student to be their best. She wants to see every student perform at their highest potential as she does. Her achievements and accomplishments are evidence that she is and has been a life changer.

Melody Burton Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your many accomplishments Kesia!! Continue to encourage our kids that they can be an entrepreneur, a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, a scientist, etc...! With God all things are possible!!

Mandy Walters Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope has risen to the challenge in her role as principal of Bay Springs High School. Her level of commitment to the students, staff, and the community has definitely been a "life changer" for everyone involved. She is well-deserving of this award.

Dr. Donna Scott Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an awesome educator! I have had the pleasure of knowing her for more than 10 years. She has a passion for education and has been a great support system and advocate for students. She is greatly deserving of a LifeChanger award because she has been and still is a lifechanger! I applaud her for the obstacles that she has faced and ultimately overcome throughout her career; and her successful track record speaks for itself. Congratulations Dr. Kesia Pope...you ARE a LifeChanger!

Wanda NaylorPickens Posted over a year ago

Dr Kesia Pope is such a wonderful person. She cares about her students and their well-being, and pushes them all to be the best they can be in life and let's them know they all have a purpose on this earth. Dr Pope is such a "People" person, loved by so many people around the world. She deserves to win this award and will know how to use it to best benefit her school.

Ora Franklin-Rodgers Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is most deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award. She is the heart and soul of education and a life changer for our young people. She is committed to making sure every child is equipped with the tools they need to succeed in life. She is a true woman of excellence!

Rev. Dr. Sonny Washington & Dr. Frances Washington Posted over a year ago

We have known Kesia for several years, and during that time, we have found her to be a person of the highest caliber. Aside from being intelligent, honest and hard working, she is extremely easy to get along with. If you choose Kesia for Life Changer of the Year, we are certain that your selection will be accurate and precise. We sincerely hope that you honor Dr. Kesia Pope as Life Changer of the Year. We recommend her with complete and total confidence. May God bless and keep you. - Rev. Dr. S. Washington and Dr. Frances Washington

Deidra Minor Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very creative and inspirational woman. Her dedication to her community is filled with compassion and humility. It has been a great pleasure knowing Dr. Pope.

MAJ Annie Lee Posted over a year ago

I have found Dr. Pope to be a phenomenal and inspiring. She is an amazing educator who lives to teach and share with those who inspire to grow.

Janice Skiffer Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is deserving of the recognition, “Life Changer of The Year”, for her commitment to providing students a quality education, providing various learning experiences for her students and leading her academic team by example.

Mo Conville Posted over a year ago

As I read the many accomplishments of Dr. Pope, I was not the least bit surprised. I predicted when observing Dr. Pope throughout her public elementary and secondary education years as a student in Hattiesburg Public School District that she would be successful in all endeavors. She would have excelled in any career. As a former educator, I was delighted when she chose to teach. From Dr. Pope's beginning years of teaching, she motivated her students to strive for success. The many accomplishments in the classroom indicated to administration that she would be an excellent leader as a principal. Her leadership as a principal focuses on nurturing a strong academic environment while creating a variety of stimulating learning activities. Dr. Pope has found the success to school improvement.

Rick Muli Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for over three decades now.... and knew her mom well before that as we were colleagues at Rowan Tenth Grade center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a number of years. Mrs. Emma Pope taught on the same hall as I did and was one of the first teachers to introduce herself and make me feel welcomed at my new school. Several years later, Keshia was placed in a section of precal and trigonometry that I taught at a different district school. Funny, but there are classes that one can remember vividly and that first period group will always stand out. Great group of young people and even then Keshia was a star..... academic, interested, prepared and driven to do her best. She has carried those traits throughout her life. I have followed her career as a teacher, administrator, colleague, coach and now, as a friend. She is exactly the kind of student who makes 41 years of teaching seem worthwhile. Thank you, Keshia, for making me feel important and valued last Thursday! And what's even more amazing, you do that naturally with everyone you know. Dr. Pope, you rock!

Marie Moffett Crosby Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator as well as an awesome administrator. On several visits to Bay Springs High School, I observed her dedication and encouragement to the students telling them to go the extra mile by empowering them to believe that they can and will accomplish their goals. Dr. Pope is very influential in the community, making sure parents and others are aware of what is going on in the school. Dr. Pope is very instrumental in making sure the students have a chance to visit colleges and university by partnering with other organizations in the community. Without reservation, I recommend Dr. Pope for the Life Changer Award. Not only is she an awesome administrator, she is a phenomenal woman.

Linder Ellis Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia is the inspiration for many students who look to her for smiles and encouragement and to teachers and colleagues who look to her for guidance and leadership. My only wish for public schools is that we could make a Kesia Pope for every school in the country. She is not just a teacher and principal, she is a Nation Builder.

Mary Johnson Posted over a year ago

Although I do not have first hand experience with Dr.Kesia Pope in her school setting, as a fellow Christian I have on many occasions heard her express the wish and request prayers that has school would have a good year and that she would do a good job as principal. She sought diligently for good teachers to fill vacancies this past year, and he concern for her students has been very evident. Dr. Pope's love for people has been clearly shows in her care and concern for others regardless of race or social status. As one of the elderly, I have often been a recipient of her thoughtfulness. Dr.Pope has done an admirable job of raising her son,who is now a senior in college I believe that Dr. Keshia Pope is worthy of consideration for a Life Changer award

Martha Leggett Posted over a year ago

We are so proud of your accomplishments in the Educational field. Praying God will continue to give you strength and wisdom to build great minds for the future of our nation.

Akiah Gipson Posted over a year ago

As a teacher, I recall an opportunity of great privilege I experienced attending a professional development session presented by Dr. Pope while she served as Assistant Principal. Being an instructional designer by trade, I was amazed by the ease Dr. Pope modeled various instructional strategies. As a teacher, I appreciated the obvious passion and immense effort she applied to preparing a practical professional development session that not only offered practical strategies but also effectively demonstrated classroom execution. I WAS BLOWN AWAY! She is a brilliant, passionate, natural educator that innately transforms the mindset of the students in her charge by encouraging them to excel academically and undergirding their efforts with resilient support for the change in their lives!

James Armstrong Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing asset not only to her school but her community as well. Kesia utilizes her excellent communications skills to help lift and empower everyone she comes in contact with. Knowing her for over 20 years as a role model in the community as well as a former teacher to both of my children, I have witnessed her first hand go over and beyond to help encourage and uplift her students. In my opinion she is more than deserving of this award!

Harriet Kinnel Posted over a year ago

I’ve known Dr. Kesia Pope for many years through different organizations and the educational setting. She’s a real go getter, full of energy and compassion for any endeavor. Kesia’s drive and motivation for her students to be the very best is remarkable. I’m proud of her and believe she is truly a life changer.

Peggy Montgomery Posted over a year ago

I heard Dr. Pope speak at a ladies retreat Her entergy and excitement was just as refreshing as her well prepared presentation. The accomplishments and her hunger to encourage young people is to be recognized. I also join with friends, family and her colleagues to recommend her for this award. She is so deserving of it.

Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope daily makes a difference in the lives of her students, and daily makes her alma mater, Jackson State University (JSU), extremely proud. As the 11th President of JSU, I'm proud to say that Dr. Pope exemplifies the essence and brilliance of our graduates. Like our University motto, Dr. Pope is "challenging minds and changing lives" for the better. Her intellect, presence, commitment, drive, determination and focus sets her apart from others, and for that reason her students, staff and parents are blessed each and every day as she fulfills her passion, her purpose, her "calling" in life. Dr. Pope, your alma mater salutes you and thank you for representing "Thee I Love" brilliantly.

Ludell Allen Posted over a year ago

Having known, worked with, and observed Dr. Kesia Pope for many years; I readily recall her zeal for top achievements in high school, her undergraduate and graduate studies, National Board Certification, as well as an author and speaker/lecturer. She tirelessly works to better equip herself in order to help empower students, teachers, administrators, members of other service and charitable organizations, church conferences and workshops. Kesia spreads her services, time, knowledge and support among many as a high school principal, groups and individual counselor, tutor, motivational and inspirational speaker, lecturer and writer/author. The fruit of Dr. Pope’s qualification, dedication and hard work is apparent in the increasing academic ratings of Bay Springs High School, where she serves as principal. She is also credited for influencing and making provisions for students in school, church, and community to finish high school and college. As president of the local Chapter of Jackson State University and officer with the NAACP, she contributes to and assist in scholarship funds. Dr. Kesia Pope continues to make numerous positive changes in the lives of so many. This qualifies her for the “Life Changer” of the year award.

Dr. Hattie McLin Posted over a year ago

Principal Pope is a pinnacle pushing, multifaceted educator and administrative leader. When it comes to academic excellence, she knows what it takes to move students in the right direction. She knows how to inspire, encourage and spark students' intrinsic motivation to become more eager for knowledge. Students are growing academically and those who exhibit model behavior are praised. Parents are informed and involved in the campus activities, and relationships with numerous community partners are strengthening. Because of these networking tactics, other positive experiences are unfolding. Dr. Pope intense influence is significantly impacting students' lives, the school and the community. She is worthy of the LifeChanger of the Year Award. Thank you, Dr. Pope! I applaud your persistent efforts!

Goldie Berry Posted over a year ago

Growing up knowing Dr. Kesia Pope, she was always so happy and willing to help students. She was a great principal when she worked with the Hattiesburg Public School District. She loved her students and always offered great advice. She loved any event that consist of helping out in the community and always jumped right to it. She knew exactly what to do and how to handle any situation.

Cora Coleman Posted over a year ago

I am supporter of Dr. Kesia Pope. As I've known Dr. Pope over the years, she’s been greatly involved in her community. Dr. Pope love helping others and seeing the reaction on their faces. There is not a time I can think of that she wasn’t willing to help someone. Dr. Pope loves her family and love other people. She enjoy seeing others smile even if they’re having a bad day.

OFFICER LEE JOHNSON Posted over a year ago

HI,MY NAME IS OFFICER LEE JOHNSON AND I AM AN OFFICER FOR THE BAY SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT. I MET DR POPE A FEW YEARS BACK WHEN SHE WAS HIRED AS THE PRINCIPAL OF BAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL. AT THE TIME OF HER HIRE I WAS THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER. WHEN DR POPE ASSUME HER DUTIES AS THE PRINCIPAL I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF RESIGNING AND TAKEN FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT WITH BSPD. I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ALONG SIDE OF DR POPE AND I CAN TRULY SAY THAT SHE IS A LIFE CHANGER. SHE IS A HARD WORKER AND VERY DEDICATED TO HER JOB AND STUDENTS.SHE STAYS LATE AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY IS DONE PREPARING NOT JUST FOR THE NEXT DAY BUT FOR THE FUTURE. SHE IS CONTANTLY ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO REACH FOR THE STARS.SHE IS VERY DESERVING OF THIS AWARD AND I WISH HER THE BEST.

ruby dixon Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope brings to the table personification of elegance and a spirit-filled vibrancy . She approaches things with a cheer-leader type attitude; as if signaling the on-lookers to live life the same. When she is called on for a task/to speak, you can be guaranteed that her approach will be genuine, informative and with an educator's flavor!!!

Tammy Terrell-Brooks Posted over a year ago

As the Director of Alumni and Constituency Relations, I would like to take a moment to extend my most sincere gratitude to the impeccable leadership, dedication and service rendered by Keisa Pope. What better individual to receive this award than her. I salute you for wearing the TIGER badge of honor with dignity and pride. In the words of our former dearly beloved FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, “There is no limit to what you as women can accomplish.” Please know that I am truly appreciative of your contributions to JSU and in the community and would like to thank you for your passion and commitment. I encourage you to continue to move forward with grace and elegance and I applaud you for a job well done.

Carol Evans Posted over a year ago

I work for the Jasper County News and have been covering educational events in our West Jasper area schools since Dr. Pope became Principal of the Bay Springs High School. Speaking as an outside observer and former Elementary School Librarian, I applaud the effort that Dr. Pope has put forth to promote reading and education. By observing the progress made so far, Dr. Pope realizes the importance of being able to read on grade level or close to it and has passed that incentive on to the students. In this, she inspires students that otherwise would not care, to at least try to do better. I have also noticed that the atmosphere in the High School has changed. She has incorporated a system of discipline that promotes the learning atmosphere. The students do not appear to be out of control while moving from one place to another, but instead proceed with the dignity required of young ladies and gentlemen preparing to advance into the world of higher academics or into the world of specialty skills. Most important, she believes in recognizing those students that have performed in the classroom and continues to encourage others to strive to do better. She also believes in informing the public about her student's achievements by putting pictures, educational events, and names in the paper. This in itself provides community awareness of what students are doing in the school. Not all students can excel in sports, therefore it is welcoming to see her promotion of the academic side of education. I feel that the high school has indeed benefited from all that Dr. Pope has introduced to promote the desire in the students to value the education they are receiving.

Everett Gibson jr. Posted over a year ago

I am a supporter of Ms. Kesia Pope. I hope this year's lifechanger award is given to this wonderful woman. I have known Ms. Kesia since the first grade, and have witnessed nearly twenty five years of her life which she dedicated to service. Her influence is exclusive because of her ardent assistance. She truly deserves this award and I am honored to know her.

Jasmine Dixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope recently spoke at a women’s retreat that I attended this past weekend. She was very enthusiatic, got the crowd involved & spoke very well about the theme for the retreat. I could definitely see & feel the love & passion she has for being an educator & mentoring students. She is more than deserving of gaining this title & winning the competition. I was truly inspired by her wise words & it was a pleasure to be able to unite with other Christian & devoted women of God.

Clotie Graves Posted over a year ago

continue... Her love for God, family, students and all of mankind is what the world needs today. Dr Pope spoke at the Tinnin Road Church of Christ Ladies Retreat on April 7, on the Theme: The Woman Behind the Mask. Wow,!! .We were so inspired and movited to fulfill our mission here on this Earth. Dr Pope is a Warrior and is changing lives daily in Mississippi.

Clotie Graves Posted over a year ago

To the LifeChanger Committee; I respectfully support Dr. Kesia Pope for the LifeChanger of The Year Award. Dr Pope is the epitome of a young woman in today's world who is doing and will continue to do great things here in the state of Mississippi to change lives. Her love for God ,family

MIchael Battle Posted over a year ago

Thank you for being a positive influence in the lives of this nation's most valuable asset, our children.

Karen Westbrook Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has a way of putting everyone at ease and making them feel valued and interesting. She is a priceless community helper and member.

Vic Rasco Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope was one of my earliest childhood friends, so I've known her most of my life. Kesia has always been a wise, high-integrity, dependable, and trustworthy person. She has also dedicated herself to her community. She works for the benefit of those around her, particularly when needed most. Kesia has been a great support to me at times I was surprised to see her there. She has extended this same dedication to students, fellow educators, and many others. It's my honor to support Kesia because I know she is a life changer.

Janeilla Crawford Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination Dr. Pope! Your were a speaker at my church ladies day retreat. You did an amazing job! You were an inspiration to us all! You definitely motivated me in several ways. Thank you for that! You are a life changer!

Celeste Allen Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very inspirational and helpful person. Every year in the JSU Talent/Fashion Exhibition she will incourage me to be confident on stage. Dr. Pope is very concerned about education, every time we speak she ask me about school and what I should do when I have troubles, her advice is very helpful. Dr. Pope is a true leader and continuously shows through great deeds why she deserves this award.

Carla Allen Posted over a year ago

Kesia is an excellent role model. She exudes educational excellence and professional poise. I wish her the best! She is the LifeChanger of the Year!

Taylor Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a phenomenal woman. Who is very strong and a inspiration to young girls. Congratulations on your nomination very well derserved.

Jeremiah Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope recently was the guest speaker at a Ladies Day Retreat organized by my church. Being the minister, I was not present to hear her speech but witness the extraordinary effect and positive motivation the young ladies experienced. They seem to have zeal in them and a become of lite, which was a welcoming site. Dr. Pope message apparently touch them in a way that gave various avenues of awareness by displaying mentoring and leadership abilities. Her passion and love for young people were apparent. Also, I noted a zeal in her, which she was enthusiastic to be a part of the retreat bringing energy and excitement. Often, individuals that work hard never receiving recognition only small glimmers of appreciation. I believe that Dr. Pose deserves the highest of awards, in particular, The Life Changer of the Year. Communicating with the younger generation has its challenges but when someone comes along with a genuine spirit that has it own solving people puzzle effect than we all should applaud their efforts displaying our unwavering appreciation. Remarkably, it was my first time meeting her; I was moved, on the idea that theirs's hope for the younger generation. Therefore, I ‘m submitting my support for Dr. Kesia Pope as The Life Changer of the Year.

Bobby E. Bailey Posted over a year ago

It is my genuine pleasure to nominate Ms. Kesia Pope as a deserving recipient of the Life Changers award. I met Ms. Pope in 1998 when I served as a principal in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. At the time, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ms. Pope's mother, Mrs. Emma Pope at Hawkins Junior High School. At the time Ms. Pope was working on her graduate degrees and exhibited a deep passion for education. I kept up with Ms. Pope's career and was always impressed with her approach to inspiring and helping student's succeed. The thing that always stood out for me was her personal commitment and willingness to do whatever was necessary to help her students succeed. Later, as i learned of her role and appointment as principal, I again was truly delighted to hear of the extra emphasis that she gave students at her school. It is a rare occasion to find a principal that maintains a hands-on approach to instruction and be willing to teach, tutor, and inspire students. In fact, Ms. Pope has defined what "an instructional leader" should be. It is my expectation that Ms. Pope will be on the national educational scene soon with her innovative ideas of how to reach and engage students.. She is creating a new approach to learning that should be emulated across the nation. In a word, Kesia is a clear example of a person who has been "called to teach!" I whole-heartedly nominate Ms. Kesia Pope for this award!!!!

Tawnya Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a life changer because she's a servant leader. She's a life changer in her community and school district.

J. Haynes Posted over a year ago

Thank you so much for doing such an outstanding job in helping the lives of students! Good luck on winning this award!!

Usef Lativ Lowe Posted over a year ago

WOW.....First and foremost congratulations Dr. Pope. As I use the expression (WOW), I do not mean (WOW) from the standpoint of someone who is in disbelief; however, my expression is the exact opposite. Dr. Pope and I grow up together, from children to young adults. She has been a "LifeChanger" before we could ever put into words, what a "LifeChanger" was. Dr. Kesia Pope has always done things from the inside out, not the outside in (which exemplifies why she is a nominee). Dr. Pope (Kesia) was always able to see the bigger picture and make the sacrifice for the greater good. I end, as I opened WOW, again congratulations on your nomination (it's very befitting). Love You....your friend Usef.

Dan Kibodeaux Posted over a year ago

I'm delighted to commend Dr. Kesia Pope for the LifeChanger Award. I've known Dr. Pope for many years as an exceptional educator and administrator and she is truly respected and admired by her students and her colleagues. She exemplifies professionalism and is a caring and compassionate leader, both in and out of any educational setting. She sets high standards for herself and consistently excels in exceeding any goal that's set for her. I've watched Dr. Pope consistently go the "extra mile" for her students to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed. She is an exceptional educator and absolutely deserving of this honor.

Latisha Taylor Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a hard working, dedicated advocate of quality education for all. She prides herself in help the underprivileged, students, and community. She is a leader who leads through her words and actions. She not only talk the talk but she also walks the walk. She is truly an asset to education and our community.

Jerome Brown Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope since our high school days, some 25 years and we even went to the same college. Kesia has always been focused and driven to reach her goals while balancing extracurricular and community activities. Although not shared with me, I believe her goals were to always be the top of her class in high school and college, which she achieved. She also led in student council activities, band, and starred in drama & debate then on to college where she was a member of the famed Sonic Boom of the South, the Jackson State University marching band and her sorority Delta Sigma Theta just to name a few. She has always had a desire for excellence and it radiates her persona and becomes inspirational to others. That excellence is shared as Dr. Pope serves as the president of our local JSU Alumni chapter and leads with the local NAACP. Driven, focused, and excellence are attributes that make her worthy of being the Life Changer of the Year.

Alkennia Stokes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope exemplifies leadership, excellence, and sisterhood. She has always been active in the community whether it is her involvement in the church, local sorority chapter, and education endeavors. She deserves this award for her diligence, dedication, and servant characteristics.

Robin Hinton Posted over a year ago

Congratulation Dr. Pope. No one is more deserving than you. Keep on doing you; helping others, inspiring others, and being a good example to her peers and others.

Sarah Holloway Posted over a year ago

It is an honor to write in support of Dr. Kesia Pope's nomination for the Life Changer Award. I have been acquainted with Dr. Pope for a number of years. She has always been a dedicated and compassionate educator who has high expectations for her students. Dr. Pope constantly delivers messages of encouragement to those that she encounters. Dr. Pope participates in efforts that enhances community development. She lives a life that demonstrates her commitment to excellence. She is deserving of the distinction as Life Changer.

mitchell williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is such a significant and wonderful woman. She's just Kesia, to most of us. And yes,....she's the same person. She is an educator, whose parents are educators. So education has been at the center of her being. Dr. Pope believes in moving a generation through the classroom, without question. Kesia...believes in changing lives through the pencil, pad and computer as well. But she has the ability to relate to the challenges of our youth. Nobody is ever suprised when Kesia is involved in a community or church project, or maybe a few years back, running a marathon. Nobody is ever suprised that she volunteers often, for causes that make a difference in places where a little...is much. That's Kesia. Dr. Kesia Pope is such a significant and wonderful woman. Her being nominated for this award, is not only fitting....but aptly describes who she is. Congratulations!

Dollie Blanks Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisha Pope, I am happy to support your achievements among prominent educators as a nominee of the LifeChanger of the Year Award. Your ability to achieve excellence illustrates your vision of unifying communities to reach higher goals. I applaud your energetic leadership which encourages students and parents to commit to attainable actions. Congratulations!

Tiffany Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was a staple in the Hattiesburg Public School system and continues to support to the Band and those seeking higher education. As an educator, you not only hear her say she cares, but knows that she care in every action she puts forth to the students she comes in contact with! This accomplishment and award is well deserved!! Best wishes!

Chan Cleveland Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a class act. Her resume speaks for itself. She works hard to bring out the best in her staff and students.

Kim Huddleston Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope exemplifies leadership, and sisterhood. As a fellow sorority sister, she is very active and always highly visible, encouraging others to take part. Always leading from the front and never the back. She is certainly deserving of this award, for her hard work and dedication to the community.

Glenda R Burkhalter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisha Pope is an inspiration to her students, friends, and family. I am a retired teacher and I have known and worked with Dr. Pope for many years. She has accomplished so much in her life as a mother teacher, and Principal. As an educator, she strives for excellence in the students and faculty who have the privilege of working with her. She is a perfect nominee for this award because she is a LifeChanger.

Eddie A. Holloway Posted over a year ago

It give me great pleasure to write on behalf of Dr. Kesia Pope’s nomination for the Life Changer Award. I remember her great works as a student, teacher, community servant and education administrator. Much can be said in addition to her resume, so I will echo some of her successes and accomplishments as I clearly recall. Hattiesburg, MS could not be more proud of Dr. Pope. An outstanding school and public servant, she is what every community could be most proud. As long as I can remember, she has demonstrated the highest shelf of womanhood, educational accomplishments and community involvement. I have been around a long time with much community involvement history, so I am in a position to make this call and say loudly, if you want a quality production in the arts, religious arenas and to see high yield in educational outcomes, see Dr. Kesia Pope. I have visited Bay Springs High School on two occasions and observed her students as well disciplined, socially engaged and educationally prepared. The physical appearance of the school was extremely clean (buildings and grounds). High Quality is produced and not accidental. This is a noteworthy characteristic of Dr. Pope. If I had the fortune to select an educational administrator to produce and structure a system of such high esteem, I would select Dr. Pope. She has touched, framed and re-framed many lives in our youth community and made them better. Highly energetic, visionary, prepared and committed are the skill sets of which she works and employs. I offer Dr. Pope without any reservations – A True Life Changer.

Chasity Williams Posted over a year ago

I believe that Dr. Pope really deserve to win this award. She is very dedicated to her students and their success. As a student, I've always known her to be highly involved with our education and extracurricular activities. If there was something going on -good or bad - you will always see Dr. Pope at the front lines cheering on students or helping to find a solution to the problem. She has taught me that through any decision there will be consequence, so I should always strive to make the best possible decision and to stay on the right track. Dr. Pope is truly a great Principal and motivator.

Ashley Nelms Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pope is an awesome educator. She was my science teacher back in 2002 and I loved how she made learning fun..... I will never forget her because she is truly a person that will change lives!!

Anthony Herbert Posted over a year ago

The first words that come to mind when I think of Dr. Kesia Pope are dedicated, determined, and dynamic! I have known Dr. Pope for over 20 years, and she has always been dedicated to the cause of helping young adults maximize their educational opportunities! She is determined to help all people succeed and build their capacity to persevere and make a positive impact in their communities. Finally, Dr. Pope is dynamic at helping others see their full potential! She is an encourager, a motivator, and a dynamic example of what a brilliant mind and strong work ethic can help you accomplish! Dr. Pope is most deserving of the Life Changer of the Year award!

Quenton Loving Jr Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope desires this award for her outstanding volunteer work throughout the community! She is always willing to help others.

Teresa Loving Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great person who always goes above and beyond to help others in help. She is definitely a life changer!

Antonio Horton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a natural born leader whose enthusiastic embrace of change, unwavering commitment, and outstanding support has truly displayed her strength of character. Through her integrity and compassion, she remains results-focused, performance driven, and excels as both, a leader and beacon of inspiration.

Pamela Everett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a visionary who is innovative, respected, and very compassionate. She inspires others to dream more, learn more, and do more. She is truly deserving of this honor.

Brenda Roberts Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is truly a great leader I had watch her take out time with the kids at baysprings high school she truly a great mentor to the kids had spoken to her in her number one goals is make a different in the kids life in make them reach there goals keep pushing Dr.Pope the kids love you...

Ellen Ruffin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a life-changer! Her commitment to students is evident. She is making a difference in our world—everyday!

Alecia Owens Posted over a year ago

Dr.Kesia Pope is an amazing person with a great personality. She always goes above and beyond to help others. I babysat Kesia and her siblings when they were younger and I always knew she would impact lives. Dr.Pope is a great leader.

Editha Maxwell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope, A woman of committment, dedication, and caring spirit! She will go over and beyond to help any child in which she encounters. Even those in which she doesn’t know. Dr. Pope offers help and assistant with open arms and gracious heart!!

Miss Thompson-Gordon Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nominee for such a prestigious honor in which you are truly qualified. I have known Kesia since pre-school. Her critical thinking, aptitude, judgment have been an asset to her profession. Kesia’s finess, academic work is beyond reproach. She is self motivated and committed to excellence. Dr. Kesia T. Pope is relentless in her community at the local, state and national level. Under her leadership as Principal at Bay Springs High School her leadership wisdom has produced exponential growth and development. Please, continue on your pathways of success.

Natasha Thomas Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an excellent leader and highly respected by all that know her. She always make time for her staff. Her knowledge is second to none and she will always listen attentively. Dr. Pope sets high standards for her staff in order for the students to have the best outcome, but supports it fully in doing this. Her students have benefited hugely from having such a selfless, ambitious leader at the helm. These are only a few examples of why she should be the Life Changer of the Year!

Angela Carter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is certainly deserving of this award. A woman of integrity and tenacity. Congratulations!!!!

Kadija Taylor Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is truly a leader: and not just in her words, but in her deeds and actions. She walks the walk. She's very active in her community, Sorority, and School. I honestly don't know how she has time to do it all but she accomplishes much! I am happy to speak on behalf of such a beautiful person.

Dr Charles B Irvin Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for over 20 years. I know her as a woman of integrity, keen intellect, compassion and commitment. In everything she does she brings intellectual curiosity and rigor. I believe she is the living example of a Life Changer. Her impact can be felt all across the state of Mississippi. For these reasons I am happy to speak on her behalf.

Dr. Joscelin Thomas Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a Phenominal woman and leader. She is absolutely a game changer and life changer. She is dedicated to helping other and has a servants heart. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she knows and live the values of servitude. I'm extremely happy to support my Soror in her nomination as Life changer of the year.

Ellis page Posted over a year ago

I known Dr. Pope for a long while now. What I know and has seen Dr. Pope keep revealed different ways to communicate one by one that all may learn. This I know God is not the author of confusion. Good job Dr. Pope be blessed.

Yasmin McLaurin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator. She was my principal during the 2015-2016 school year at Bay Springs High School. Dr. Pope made knowing all of her students and their parents her top priority. She held a town meeting before school started to introduce herself and her plans to take BSHS to the next level. In my opinion, this gesture alone separated her from many previous principals that had come to our school. Dr. Pope encourages all of her students to go the extra mile to be successful. Everyday she encouraged us to reach the ultimate goal which was graduation day. Dr. Pope caters to every student to ensure he/she has every tool needed to be successful. She’s also influential in the community making sure parents and others are aware of what is going on in the school. Dr. Pope is a great candidate for the LifeChanger of the Year Award. She has changed many students’ lives and she has definitely changed Bay Springs High School for the better.

LaDarius Felder Posted over a year ago

Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to know Dr. Pope as an educator nor mentor; however as a health and wellness director and personal trainer, I have come to know Dr. Pope over the years as being a very passionate, faithful and hardworking patron in terms of her commitment to personal health and wellness. I have no doubt that her private devotions only attest to her public practices in her vocation. Dr. Pope is definitely deserving of this LifeChanger Award.

Jaylen Boyd Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a great role model to her peers. She is a very inspirational women. She always encourages us to do our best. She always wants what is best for us and for us to be successful in life. She is a very determined women. She always pushing for greatness. Her main goal for all of her students is to get a great education. She not only want you to do great in school, but she also wants you to make smart decisions in life as well. Like she always say,"Smell the aroma of your diploma and follow your nose".

Jasmine Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very fantastic principal at Bay Springs High School. She is very nice, and she participates in many school events. She always encourages us to do better than before. She tells us to follow our noses to smell the diploma aroma. She wants every one to be successful. She is very confident and influential to everyone here. Dr. Pope wants all of our high school to strive in success. She always tells us to Commit to Commencement, College, and Career. She also wants us to Smell the Diploma Aroma, and Follow our Noses.

Jasmine Vaxter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the best principals anyone can ask for. She cares a lot about helping children get their education in any way she can. She is one of the most dedicated people I know about doing her job and also helping others. She shows the most school spirit and she shows that she cares about the students and the teachers. She doesn't like seeing children in the classroom playing because classroom time is learning time. She does a great job at being a principal and while some students may not like her because they get wrote up I think she is one of the best. She plans trips for students to have fun and learn. She shows us we can have fun while also learning as long as we get our lesson down and make her and our teachers proud by scoring good on our test. I think Dr. Pope is a great person, principal, inspiration, and role model.

Jacobi Moncrief Posted over a year ago

This is my first year having Dr. Pope as my principal and me coming from the middle school everything it was easier there. She introduced us to commit to commencement , college ,and career. That means you commit to getting your high-school diploma and making something of yourself. All she wants for us to be successful in what we call life because life is not going to be as easy as middle school. She has challenged me to be the best at whatever I choose to major in when I go to college.

Drequan Myers Posted over a year ago

I have known Mrs. Dr. Pope for almost a year now, she is my highschool principle. She is a nice lady that really cares about furthering her students education, and i really think highly of her and the things that she does for us. She treats everyone equally, never favoring anyone over the other. She helps us if we need help, never judging. She is a true LifeChanger.

Austin Campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has inspired me a lot over the pass few months cause this is her first year being my principal. She has changed the way everyone looks at school. She helps me strive for greatness along with everyone around her. She is really a LifeChanger.

Craig Campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an effective principal because she has drive to stimulate students to get an education. Her high expectations are the target, and she pushes students towards academic achievement and model behavior. Let's say that Dr. Pope is a preacher. Then, her daily sermon to the students is, "Give me your best. Do your best." She is concerned with the whole child and reminds them every day to do their best in attitude, behavior and academics. As the school resource officer, I work alongside Dr. Pope daily. She is in the hallway, in the classrooms, in parent meetings, in the cafeteria, at sporting activities and at campus events advocating and executing for quality educational experiences and academic success for students. She has vision. Her conversation revolves around students earning their diplomas, achieving their career goals and living their dreams. My daughter is a Junior at Bay Springs High School and I am confident that she is in an environment that is conducive to learning and focused on academic excellence. Dr. Pope, the Bay Springs High School faculty, staff and I are a united TEAM, and we are winning for students and families. Dr. Pope is making a difference for the better. She is changing lives.

Makisha Keyes Posted over a year ago

I have really enjoyed Dr. Kesia Pope as my instructional leader. She has provided me with so many tools to use in the classroom, especially activities and technology. She has also had a positive impact on student learning at Bay Springs High School. The students' desire to grow academically and succeed has increased tremendously due to her persistent daily chant of our school motto: Commit to Commencement, College, and Career. Dr. Pope is an exceptional administrator and should be recognized for her numerous contributions to teaching and learning at BSHS.

LaSadie McCullum Posted over a year ago

Awesome young lady inside and out! She loves to impact kids in every way she can. And not only kids but adults of her age also! I have no doubt that Dr. Pope will be the Life Changer of the year! Because she has changed so many lives!

Sam H Buchanan Jr. Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for many years. She is an energetic, dedicated and innovative educator, She strives for excellence and she thinks outside of the box as a means to positively affect the lives of children.

Robin D. Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, is an educator, leader, and mentor. She is passionate about her work and wants to see her students reach their highest potential.

ArleshiaTrigg Posted over a year ago

I have know Dr. Kesia Pope for many years. She has been a LifeChanger for students during great in school. "LifeChanger of the Year"

Vicki Prater Posted over a year ago

Kesia, I've heard of the GREAT work that you are doing and I'm sure you will keep providing the best education possible to every child in your school. LifeChanger of the Year.

Emily goode Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is always encouraging and has the spirit of a mentor. She is a life changer in all aspects of her life.

Caronda Trigg Posted over a year ago

I support Dr. Kesia Pope in her quest to obtain the LifeChanger award. Dr. Pope has made significant changes not only within Bay Springs High School but in the lives of everyone she touches. She is a hardworking, innovative, and dedicated woman who is committed to excellence.

Curtis Evans Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a life changing woman and a great role model. She was my principal when I attended Bay Springs High School. When I first met her, she was all about students getting a good education. Her style of doing things the right way was not fun for me a first, but it grew on me. She has touched the lives of many students.

Daniel Davis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has been the most inspirational person in my education career. As a former student at Bay Springs High, she has pushed me past my comfort zone and encouraged me to excel in my educational career. I think Dr. Pope is the best candidate for this award because she has pushed each and every one of her students to excel the best they can. Even though I am currently in college, Dr. Pope keeps in contact with me and helps me go above average in my college courses. I am very blessed and thankful to have had Dr. Pope as my high school principal and I firmly believe that she is very deserving of this award.

Dorothy Collins Posted over a year ago

I am a retired educator and I have known Kesia her entire life. She is well qualified and deserving of the LifeChanger of the Year Award because she fits the mold of a change agent. She is an influential educator who thrives on building relationships. I have observed her in more areas than one. Kesia’s thrist for knowledge supplied the drive she needed to professionally prepare to meet the academic needs of her students. She has proven leadership skills that bring about improvement. I give Dr. Pope the title of “teaching principal” as she is an administrator who wears many hats as she accepts responsibility for academic achievement at Bay Springs High School. She knows that a positive atmosphere breeds positive results. Therefore, she uses rewards as incentives and frequently uses her catch phrases, praises and motivational moments to thank students and teachers for a job well done. Kesia also activates her interpersonal skills in the community as she interacts with youth as well as senior citizens. Kesia is seen on WDAM TV annually publicizing the scholarship events that she spearheads and organizes. Over the years, TENS of THOUSANDS of DOLLARS have been generated. Proceeds benefit students who are advancing in higher education and earning college degrees. Youth who participate in the scholarship events gain in other areas such as self esteem, poise and personal growth. Community members financially support these fundraisers and come to witness the events which are of superior quality! Much appreciation to lifechanger nominee, Kesia Pope, who keeps on touching lives, setting examples, mentoring youth, making a difference and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

Carmen Trigg Posted over a year ago

Kesia is very smart and she loves getting family members together to participate in fun games on holidays.

Kimberly Woods Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for many years. She is a pillar of the community. She exemplifies professionalism, dedication, and motivation in everything she set forth to do. Her positive energy and optimism is an example of what all schools need in reaching better outcomes for students. Keep motivating others to learn, as education is the key to success.

Marlana Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope, a true life changer in all facets of her life. In the community, she demonstrates through serving. In the church, she exemplifies it through her worship and interactions with fellow parishioners. She lets her light shine so that those around her can see Christ not just through words but her deeds. In education, she goes above and beyond to make sure students are prepared academically and professionally to enter a diverse world of opportunities. Her positive and motivating attitude sets her apart from the average leader and educator. Her passion to reach, teach, and mentor proves that she is so deserving of this Life Changer Nomination and Award. Way to Go, Dr. P., you deserve all this and more. Blessings!

Martha Ann Cherry Posted over a year ago

I feel that Keisa Pope is doing an excellent job and should be awarded this because of her dedication and hard work.

Lonnie Mickell Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr.Pope for a number of years through the Hattiesburg Public School District, I has witness how well she has worked with the students and parents in the district and the impact that Dr.Pope makes in the lives of our children can only be life changing.

Sandra Shelton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator, motivator and parent. Dr. Pope is deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award. She is an educator who follows her students throughout their educational journey.

Beverly Gatling Posted over a year ago

Dr. K. Pope is a very energetic assertive leader. She's a hard dedicated leader who loves to interact with her students and get the best out of them. She love what she does and she strive to do better. Dr. Pope is the epitome of a great leader.

Valeria L. Bell Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope was an Assistant Principal at Hattiesburg High School where my oldest daughter attended. She not only expected greatness from her students but instilled in them that there was greatness in each and every one of them. As a parent she has been one of the best administrators that I had a pleasure of knowing. Her commitment to her parents and students are commendable.

Micheal Wheaton Posted over a year ago

First off, I would like to say that this woman is very determined. When she trying to get something done, she puts her mind to that one thing and that's the thing she is committed to do at the time. She came in as principal at Bay Springs High and helped me when I had just given up. She came to class and got me just about everyday for POPE TALKS or tutoring sessions. "Mike, you've got this! MAY is your month." I had never planned on graduating because I never really put my mind to it. But for Dr. Pope stay on me and push me touched my heart. She pushed me as she pushed every other student at Bay Springs High School. It took a strong woman as herself to work along with the teachers and bring Bay Springs to an B rated school. That showed me that it wasn't just me she touched. She touched the whole town of Bay Springs. I love Dr. Pope. I thank her every night when I get out my bed to go to my job (night shift) because she helped me become the man I am today. She and her excellent staff made a difference in my life.

Dionta Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful principal and she's full of motivation. When I was a student at Bay Springs High, she was always was there to give me that extra push when I felt that I couldn't do any better. I am so thankful to have had her as a leader and mentor for myself then. And I am glad that she is there now for my younger siblings.

Rishard Cook Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope help me to keep my focus on the next level. She would ask about grades and then ask me about football. I want to say "thank you" for encouraging me and my teammates to keep working hard in school first and then sports. She would support by representing with that "tiger spirit" that made me want to work even harder on and off the field.

Frances Hooker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope and I have been attending the same church for several years. She is a great administrator in the school system. Good vibes are always felt with her presence for any occasion. Her family's educational foundation rooted her mindset to make a change for our community. The contributions that she gave so unselfishly to our community in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Alfreda Cook Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an enthusiastic, well-rounded, counselor, administrator and leader in the community. She extends her perimeter to greater heights for the benefit of our children. Integrity is a clearly defined characteristic in her work ethics. He will be graduating in December. Thank you Dr. Pope for taking out the time to encourage him to continue to reach for his goals in life.

Jessica Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a wonderful leader and educator. Her drive for greatness is impeccable and undeniable. Academic success is her priority and passion. She is also a great motivator and provides young adults like myself a great leader to look up to.

Mrs. Edith James Posted over a year ago

I understand that Dr. Kesia Pope has been nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award for 2018. Dr. Pope is quite deserving of this honor. She is truly making a huge impact and creating change in young students’ lives, the school district and the community. Dr. Pope loves a challenge. Bay Springs High School is showing academic growth during Principal Pope's administration. She is a steadfast, forty something year old educator who is an enthusiastic, innovative leader and community activist. She guides in a manner that faculty, students, and community members can appreciate, respect and respond to her in positive regard. I am Edith James, a 99 year old former educator who taught 37 years in the classrooms of Mississippi's public schools. I was unaware of The National Life Group’s efforts to recognize and award outstanding educators who are influencing lives of students on a regular basis until recently. Congratulations and “Thank You!” I am convinced that when considering the large number of educators who have been nominated for these LifeChanger awards, none will deserve recognition more than Dr. Kesia Pope, principal of Bay Spring High School.

Mrs. Helen Nicholson Posted over a year ago

Kesia, be as excellent as an administrator as you were as a student! ~Helen Nicholson, former high school English teacher

Annie Pope Posted over a year ago

An excellant leader, moved her school to a (c) category to (b) category. She works well with others. Completes her tasks daily. Parents are very important to her.

Karley Heathcock Posted over a year ago

I have know Kesia for years through church! She is always kind and lends a smile to everyone she sees! She often asks for prayers from our congregation for her students. To me, this proves just how passionate she is about their success!

Kim Marshall Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a young woman I’ve knows most her life. I’ve seen her grow from one stage to the next ,regardless what has been thrown negatively are postively she turned it and use it to her advantage. To make her a better person of character, to endure forward in her goals in life. I’m so Proud to be called her friend, and her sister in Christ.

Jamahl Groves Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a great mother and sister in our church congregation. She's always in a good mood when she's around and just a good life example

Geraldine Y. Woolfolk Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is more than qualified to be this years' recipient of the ‘Life Changer Award’. Though I have only observed Dr. Pope interacting with students at Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi during after-school or on week-ends. Her dedication suggested that she saw the importance of nurturing the 'Whole Person'’ beyond the regular school day. One such project involved, ‘Teaching Writing Strategies’ in Saturday tutoring sessions which she spearheaded. Other programs were conducted on the week-ends to showcase the students' talents to their parents. Dr. Pope recognized the value of the role of the family in supporting students in becoming 'Lifelong Learners' and productive citizens of the community. On a person note, I remember students entering Dr. Pope's office on a Friday afternoon to request that she attend their basketball game. When she promised she would, their eyes illuminated the whole room, it seemed. The students appeared to have internalized the word ‘pal’ in the word ‘principal’. The students valued her support. Dr. Pope appeared to have appreciated the fact that she was important to the students as well. I once read a sign, 'If you can read this... thank a teacher'. I would like to add... 'thank a principal too'. We can show our appreciation for Dr. Kesia Pope by nominating her for the well-deserved, ‘Life Changer of the Year Award’.

Letoria Easterling Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding educator and motivator. I have known her for many years and admire her countless efforts of modeling professionalism and service. Dr. Pope has a vibrant spirit and always shares an encouraging word with others when she crosses your path. Congratulations Dr. Pope on your Life Changer of the Year nomination!!

Lisa M. Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a staple in our community. She's a trailblazer! Everywhere she goes and everything she touches gets set on fire! She creates just that type of impact. She is so deserving of this award. I pray for continued success and blessings for her and every life she's impacted and will impact in the future. Keep leading and inspiring!

Kode COTTON Posted over a year ago

Congratulation cousin Kesia! Continue inspiring others to work hard. You have been a great role model.

Jeremy Roberts Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful energetic woman. Put you in the mind of a woman back in slavery days that help this country to get where it is today. Yes she is great and she is our very own principal at Bay Springs High and have made and major impact on the Bay Springs area in just a few years. Fr. Pope I’m proud of you and continue to do great things with our kids and in our community...

Leroy Hartfield Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for the last several years. She currently serves as President of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association - Hattiesburg Chapter. Annually, there is a Scholarship Event and she takes great pride in coordinating this event. This annual event provides students an opportunity to further their education. Helping students is her passion. I believe that she deserves this award.

Shirley White Posted over a year ago

I met Dr. Pope a short time ago, I found her to love her students as well as her staff. Dr. Pope is very dedicated and involved in all of their activities. Dr. Pope not only changes the lives of the children, but the lives of the people she comes in contact with, weather it's in her school, church or in the community. Dr. Pope so deserve this Life Changer of the year award. It's awesome to make a difference in the lives of our children. Continue to make a difference.

Britaney Cheatham Posted over a year ago

Look at God! When I got the news about the this, I was elated to support the nomination of such a person well deserving. We worked together many years ago to inspire children in being today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders. It is easy to see that Dr. Pope’s work speaks for her. Let your passion and purpose continue to breathe life. I often say to myself and others that all of us are capable....the question is are you WILLING? I am proud of you. Keep serving!

Isiah Posted over a year ago

From your Uncle Isiah, keep up the good work on helping children for better education. "Life Changer of Year".

Chloe Unique Paige Posted over a year ago

It’s so great to see educators who’ve made a difference in my life be considered for such prestigious honors. Dr. Kesia Pope nurtured me during my tenure at Hattiesburg High School. She also sponsored me as I vied for the title of Miss Mississippi in 2013. Her encouraging spirit, determination, and love for alliteration inspired me to give school and pageantry all I had! As a college senior, I can still recall Dr. Pope’s words as clear as day. They have motivated me to stay focused and stay tenacious because nothing worth having comes easy. Dr. Pope is more than deserving of this award and I am so thankful she’s been apart of my journey.

Gwen Martin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an extraordinary principal. She is a fun loving person, who truly cares for students & parents. She is involved with every aspects of Bay Springs High School. She is so deserving of this award and accomplishment. Bay Springs High School has soared under her leadership. We love her!

Aretha Jackson Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for many years. Her teaching ability and strong urge for leadership has displayed throughout the school district that she has taught at. Her aspiration has affected the community of those schools and children. She has the ability to connect with anyone from all walk of life. Dr. Pope is a woman with ambitious and great integrity and she is vivid proof how one person positive attitude can make people change for a LIFETIME.

Julie A. Trotter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an exceptional intelligent Women and highly motivated. She is a lover of students, education, and a true motivator. Dr. Pope strives for excellence and inspires others to do the same. She takes no excuses and challenges others to enhance their abilities to perform to the highest level of despite obstacles and/or challenges. Dr. Pope's style of educating others whether child and/or adults is a skill that many cannot duplicate! She is fun, innovative, and magnificent at her skill. This LifeChanger is non other than Dr. Kesia Pope!

Terence Smith Posted over a year ago

As a teenager I meet Dr. Pope for my first year of high school for science. I wasn't big on science but after being motivated by excellent teaching and patients from kesia Pope brought me along way. She is very kind and dedicated to her work, seeing kids of all ages and race excel in life n be successful in there career. An I thank her for making a change in mines n making a young teenager realize that science is important in our everyday life.

Jacqueline Thigpen Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a remarkable leader and mentor; she is a principal who cares about her students and teachers at Bay Springs High School. Dr. Pope is very optimistic on whatever she tries to accomplish.

Kyren Seymour Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is truly deserving of the “life changer of the year award”. She’s a prominent member of the Hattiesburg community and has graciously aided me when need be. Her past accomplishments are just one of the many reasons she deserves the award.

Mary Johnson Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Dr. Kesia Pope for her nomination as a LifeChanger of the year! I have heard about her many accomplishments as a teacher and as a principal. I believe that she deserves this award.

TONY HOLDER Posted over a year ago

Dr Pope has done a great job at Bay Springs High School.She is a great leader,she love all her kids.She care about how the kids .are doing in school. I would like to support Dr Pope in her journey .

Vickie Reed Posted over a year ago

I have known Ms. Kesia Pope for many years. Professionally she has touched the lives of many students over the course of her career. She is also actively involved in our local community and has spearheaded many volunteer projects that meet human need in South Mississippi. She is more than deserving of the award she has been nominated for. I highly recommend her without reservation.

Latouisha Wilson Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Kesia Pope for a number of years and it has always been evident that she has a strong passion for whatever project she leads in our organization. No doubt, she devotes this same energy in making sure her students excel. Dr. Pope is innovative, intelligent, full of zeal, and just an extraordinary person! I am not surprised by this nomination. She really is a Life Changer!

Dr. Min. Mary Hossley Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an encourager. She loves people and is a people’s person. I know her to be a giver and lover of her students and all those she comes in contact with. Dr. Pope touches lives in the school setting as well as in the community. I highly recommend her for this prestigious award. Sincerely, Dr. Min. Mary Hossley

Stella Mackabee Posted over a year ago

Not many words can describe Kesia Pope and the contributions I think she has made to the Public Schools, the community of Hattiesburg and the District for which she now works. I first knew her as a teacher of my daughter. Not only did she work to prepare her academically, she challenged them to be the best people that they could be. Kesia prepared herself professionally and went on to become assistant principal at the high school, enabling her to reach even more students. Unfortunately for our district, Kesia's talents were seen elsewhere and she was called to become principal of a neighboring school district. Even though Kesia is no longer working in our district, she continues to work and provide support for our children and community through her work with her church, her sorority, her Alma Mater, Jackson State University and the NAACP. Kesia is heartwarming and full of personality, she is a rarity and a person I am better for having known.

Joe Shanks Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is well deserving of the Life Changer. She is extremely hard working towards any task that is set before her. She is dedicated to the people in her community. She is loyal and always putting the best interest of her faculty and students first. And she also a person that is approachable and she can definitely be trusted. She is definitely a Life Changer.

Sarah A. Evans Posted over a year ago

Terrific, energetic,, able , cheerful, hard working, enthusiastic, remarkable this is Dr. Kesia Pope

Robert Evans Posted over a year ago

i have known Dr. Pope for over thirty years, I have watched her grow as a person and develop into one caring and dedicated teacher. She has furthered her growth and dedication to her students as an administrator.

Kasia Craft Posted over a year ago

" A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others". Thanks Dr. Pope for your continued love and support for your current former students.

Geraldine Parker Posted over a year ago

Kesia is a true professional. Her number one goal educationally is for teachers to teach and for students to learn. She has been a driving force and source of help for many students in a variety of situations. She has been a resource to assist students with public speaking, studying and mastering new concepts, grabbing the attention of the audience when presenting, executing as a leader, modeling fashions on stage or training for a marathon. Ask Dr. Pope. She will give helpful advice. She helped my grandson to come out of his shell. He eventually took the stage by storm and became a champion with the Tiger forensic team. She supported him with her encouragement and her presence while witnessing him capture first place in Dramatic Interpretation in state NAACP ACT-SO competition. He continues to do extremely well his second year at Tougaloo College as he is involved with academic and extracurricular activities. As I watched my grandson transform into a dynamic student and stage performer, it is easy for me to recognize Dr. Pope as a life changer.

Frances Nixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keshia Pope is an outstanding,motivated,enthusiastic, and hardworking nominee. My rationale for nominating her for this prestigious award is as following: When she became the leader at Bay Spring High school; she checked in ready to work with a team as the administrative leader. She ,and her team have work together to move Bay Spring High School forward. The school now is 8 pts. from an "A" That's Awesome!!!!!. She does a lot of classroom teaching when the teacher is absence. She makes sure the students do not loose instructional time in falling behind. "Now that's Amazing"!!!!!!!!!! She believes the community plays an important role in being successful as a school. She's deserving of this award. My son Semetrius Nixon along with 16 other participant took part in the J.S.U. alumni talent ,and scholarship award. In observing her working with the kids as well as my son;she made them all feel very important no matter what role they played. This helped my son gain confident being on stage ,and believing in himself. This event raised $11,000.00 for scholarship recipient who would like to further their education. These are my reason that Dr. Kesia Pope should receive this award.

Pamela Loving Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope has always shown great interest in children of all ages, she encourages them to be the best that they can be. She is always welling to help a child to be successful in everything that they do. Dr. Pope has always made sure that her Church and Community knows that she is concern for the success for all children, by asking them for prayers for their success on local and state testing. Dr. Pope's present is a breath of sunshine for all that are around her, she gives love and patient to all that are in need. She has shown many life changing situations that has positive impact on the life of many. I say, Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger.

Veronica Jordan Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope walks in and fulfills the call that is upon her life. She is called to inspire, motivate, innovate, translate and educate those who are placed in her care. She has the gift to teach -- in and out of the classroom. She treats barriers as her stepping stone. Her spirit is contagious and her students don't mind catching the vision.

Linda Leggett Posted over a year ago

It is without reservation that I recommend Dr. Kesia Pope for the Life Changer Award. I have known Dr. Pope for over 40 years, personally and professionally. Dr. Pope is without question a Life Changer, and a phenomenal woman. She is one of the most engaged, energetic, and enthusiastic individuals I know. Dr. Pope serves the community, students, and teachers with humility and respect. All of this is possible because o her strong faith and reliance on God.

Phyllis Trigg Posted over a year ago

Success is not measured by money. It is truly measured by hard work and discipline. You have proved that over and over again. Congratulation on your nomination for the LifeChanger of the Year Award!!

Pastor Ammie Davis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope's transferable skills as an educator, community activist, administrator, and authentic leader align with the nomination for the LifeChanger of the Year Award. Therefore, I highly recommend her for such a prestigious award.

Deborah F. Blake Posted over a year ago

As a retired educator (Gulfport School District), I deem it personal privilege to support Dr. Kesia Pope’s nomination for the LifeChanger of the Year Award. As a youth growing up in our church environment, I witnessed firsthand a future leader in the making. Talented, Tenacious, and Trustworthy, in everything she participated in, she gave you the best of her. I had no doubt she would take those same work ethics into her professional career. Over the years on my trips home to Hattiesburg, I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak. She commands your attention and you hang on to her every word. If she can do that for me, I can only imagine what her students gain in the classroom under her guidance. Kesia to me is comparable to a two-sided coin. She is a excellent teacher/administrator and a choice individual. That combination isn’t the most common around any profession;but she has succeeded in establishing herself as firm, strong, and very likable among her students and colleagues. She is that consummate professional and I would have loved to have had the opportunity to work with her and do some of that “team teaching!” Definitely my loss. I find her well deserving of this nomination and offer her name once again for your consideration.

Derrick Autmon Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working along side Dr. Kesia Pope for many years. She was an exemplary science teacher always focused on the best interest of her students. Her unique ability of leadership and high expectations is a testament to her dedication as a life long educator!

Deandria Magee Thompson Posted over a year ago

Excellent person!! She is well deserving of this award!!!

Dr. Teresa Poole Posted over a year ago

It is with total confidence and great pride to nominate Dr. Kesia Pope for the Life Changer Award. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for over 12 years . Her genuine passion for education and supporting others is the foundation of all she does. She has never allowed obstacles or challenges to keep her from setting, reaching or exceeding the goals she sets for her students and staff. Dr. Pope has experienced many successes throughout her career. She has been recognized both personally and professionally in the areas of academic excellence and community partnerships; however her most remarkable award isn’t mounted on the walls of her office or home, it resides within the lives of the students and staff she serves everyday. I truly believe she is well deserving of this honor.

Tom Smithmier Posted over a year ago

Kesia is one of the most dedicated administrators I have known. I admire the fact of her caring for her students and her concern for the teachers under her supervision.

Patty Smithmier Posted over a year ago

I have known Kesia Pope for many years in our church family. She is a faithful christian with high values. I am a retired teacher so I know what to look for in another educator. Kesia exhibits all the qualities of someone who is a life changer in her students' lives. She cares about her teachers and students. I have no reservations in recommending her for this award.

Eng Huu Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a committed, dedicated, conscientious, compassionate, humble servant who cares for her students and those who serve with her. She leads by living an exemplary life of service above self. Lives are positively impacted by her influence and changed for the better.

Catherine Calender Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope, is definitely a life changer for our generation of children and adults today. Only if we had more people to care enough to take the time and to make a difference in so many children and young adults life today, as Dr. Pope has done, this world would be in better condition that it’s in now. I thank God for Dr. Pope’s compassionate heart, as well as her strong leadership for our young people today. With her faith in God, and her strong will to change lives for the better, their is no doubt in my mind, that she deserves this honor, and many, many, more.

Georgia M. Walton Posted over a year ago

I saw Kesia’s leadership skills emerging on the basketball court as her junior high basketball coach. She was a hustler, ready and willing to work hard, go to the limit and squeeze that extra effort for the team to improve and ultimately be victorious in the end. She knew the importance of T.E.A.M. “Together Everyone Accomplishes More.” She prepared and became a dynamic biology teacher where her students were always attentive and eager to learn which led to a high percentage of her students passing state tests. For many years, she has orchestrated scholarship programs to assist area students to further their education. The programs included children, adults, church and community groups. Time has told the truth as some of these scholarship recipients have graduated and returned to their source of support to pay it forward and make a greater impact to help others. Kesia Pope is a quite a versatile teacher, administrator, and team player who is an excellent person to be considered as LifeChanger of the Year. She has touched and positively impacted the lives of many, not just students!! Go Tigers! Stay with your man and keep your game ON!!

Sharon Chapman Posted over a year ago

I first met Keisa at church and was quite impressed with her as an individual and then I was able to witness her teaching abilities during Vacation Bible School. I was a scout moving students from class to class and in this position I was able to watch Keisa teach a class. I was very impressed at how she gained the attention of the students right away. Not only did she gain their attention but she also kept it. The class was not only informative but entertaining. The students were engaged and I find that there is more learning when there is engagement. In today’s society young people are sometimes hard to reign in and their attention is often short, but Keisa has a way with young people, helping them to stay focused on the topic at hand. It was a pleasure to watch her and clearly this is instinctive and natural for her. This does not come easily to everyone and I feel that any learning institution would not only be lucky to have her but should feel privileged to have her in their corner. She clearly cares for her students, which is evident by the things she does in order to assure that any child without the means, will not necessarily be left out. I am proud to call her a friend.

Shemeka Hawkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is well deserving of being recognized as Life Changer of the Year. Her dedication and passion for education is evident in all that she does. Dr. Pope has made a significant impact on the lives of the students at Bay Springs High School. Not only has she made an impact educationally but she has gone above and beyond to forge personal connections with the students and parents.

Chentell Nelson Posted over a year ago

I first met Dr. Pope while being a student at HHS. She was a teacher and I was a teen mom at the time. She would always encourage me to read to my son and have him practice writing his name. After attending college and returning to my alma mater as a teacher myself, she would offer her assistance and expertise. You could definitely tell she wanted the best for the students and teachers as well. She inspired me to be the best mother and educator. In my eyes she’s definitely a Life Changer and on a personal level, she was my very own “Life Changer.” Thank you for your guidance and strength.

Latoya Travis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is someone I look up to. She was my biology teacher my sophomore year at Hattiesburg high school. She was an excellent teacher and did her job well. It's all because of her and the grace of God that I passed the state test of Biology. I couldn't thank her enough for teaching me and showing me the way. Our school motto was "Don't just be be the best" and she was the best science teacher I ever had because she broke everything down where I and other students could understand. I hope one day I could be like her in work ethic. Yes you are a LifeChanger.

Quenyatta Echols-Williams Posted over a year ago

Proof positive that this educator, community leader,and mentor truly does 'live out loud' and is passionate about her work with her students!! Now more than ever we need administrators and teachers who go the extra miles help their students realize their potential. Good luck and keep pushing forward!

Xavier Roberts Posted over a year ago

Yes indeed. It is true. Dr. Pope is a life changer. She spreads words of encouragement to the students and helps them look forward to the future. Dr. Pope is a principal who goes all out to help students. She is the best candidate to win life changer! Way to go Dr. Pope!

Charles Mccullum Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is on target when it comes to students. She works with them and they set high goals. She keeps them talking about making a plan and working for success. Dr. Pope makes a positive impact on the students and she is a life changer.

Ahmad Moncrief Posted over a year ago

I see a life changer when l look at Dr. Pope. She is the wind beneath students' wings. Her constant effort to bring out the best in them is amazing. She is a strong full force motivation to keep them working hard. I say congratulations to Dr. Pope. Let her be named Life Changer of the Year!

Reggie Ward Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is energetic and always that voice of support for her students. She requires them to execute with excellence in class and in general. Dr. Pope takes the role of cheerleader and the students know that she is in their corner. As a Bay Springs High School graduate, l am grateful for her presence and purpose on campus. Dr. Pope is a life changer.

Johnny Randall Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope’s dedication to all students and their success is the common denominator that defines what a Life Changer is. From a classroom teacher to a school administrator, her belief in developing the potential of every student has enabled her to leave her mark as an outstanding educator within the district she serves. Dr. Pope is by far one of the most inspiring people I have been afforded the opportunity to know personally. Her passion for improving student outcomes is evident in everything she does. The fundamental belief that all students can achieve with the proper level of support, rests deep in Dr. Pope’s core. Her support goes beyond the classroom environment and out into the community in which she lives. Dr. Pope has spearheaded various events throughout the community to raise scholarship funds so that all students are afforded the opportunity to pursue a higher education despite any financial hardships they may face. I am extremely proud of her continued effort to be a true example of a "LIFE CHANGER!"

Sandra Chambers Jerald Posted over a year ago

A life changer is one who is defined by Dictionary.com as “one who alters a person's life or circumstances in a substantial way.” In reading this definition my immediate thought was just how precisely this definition described Kesia Pope. Dr Kesia Pope as a leader embodies characteristics essential to excellence in leadership. She has the innate ability to instill confidence while demonstrating compassion, yet remains a “strong”, capable, results-oriented coach and leader. Clearly Dr. Pope leads with a clear vision and is assertive in her approach. Truly a kind, and generous leader Dr. Pope is so deserving of this recognition.

Kalvin G. Randall Posted over a year ago

Cousin..."To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe”. My heartiest congratulations on your nomination today! You really deserve it! You always go for the impossible thing to make it possible and you take each target as your aim. You love taking challenges and you deserve this nomination. I congratulate you for your success. It is a success, you truly deserved!! It is an achievement you have truly earned!! Well Done Dr. Pope!! Dr. Pope, a beautiful soul deserves beautiful things in life. May the rest of your life be full of many more successful nominations like this one. Much love to you Dr. Pope!!! Be blessed beyond measures!!! You are and always will be a Life Changer of the Year!!!

Michael Dogan Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is more than deserving of the life changer of the year award and this is evident by the commitment, dedication, and passion that she displays in her leadership style. She is extremely supportive of teachers and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that they have the necessary resources to be an effective teacher. She is constantly in pursuit of ways and ideas to perfect her craft as an effective and productive leader. Dr. Pope is without a doubt one of the most creative and progressive thinking leaders I’ve had the privilege to work under. One of the things that’s so amazing about Dr. Pope is that this is the approach she takes to EVERY task that she’s in charge of. Dr. Pope has touched countless lives dating back to her days as a classroom teacher and is continuing to do so to this day as an administrator.

Britnie Gray Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the epitome of a LifeChanger! While attending Hattiesburg High School, I remember Dr. Pope as assistant principal, mentor and life coach in the lives of so many adolescents and even staff. Her zeal to educate and empower especially the young women has always been inspiring. Dr. Pope made it her mission to provide opportunities for students to not only tour college campuses but to also apply and prepare for college. I will always remember the year that Dr. Pope did NOT allow me to back down from going to a National Competition for winning 1st place in the state of Mississippi in a poetry contest. Not only did Dr. Pope push me forward, she aided in securing resources to make the experience possible, and she accommodate me as a chaperone in Houston, TX. Dr. Pope's hands-on involvement and dynamic leadership positively impacted my life and has continued to encourage me to pay it forward. Dr. Pope is more than deserving of the LifeChanger of the year award!

Tiara Williams Barnes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an educator that goes above and beyond for her students, she shows commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning. She is also a professional that display integrity, leadership, and ambition. Dr. Pope is an individual that makes a positive impact in the lives of students, she demonstrates exemplary leadership at the school, and most importantly she possess a proven record of professional excellence. She is definitely a Life Changer! Congratulations on being nominated!

Fritz Pope Posted over a year ago

From the Kings to the Kennedys, there could not be many more that are more deserving than this remarkable nominee. No award or reward could possibly be enough to equalize the magnitude of the characteristics of this candidate. A mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, granddaughter, colleague or friend would be who she is to some. A teacher, speaker, principal, cheerleader, grand enthusiast, and caring Christian would also suffice to categorize this phenomenal woman. Who knows the depths to which this devoted go-getter would stoop to ensure that everyone has what they need to strive and conquer as she encourages each one to give their all? Metaphorically speaking, I refer to Kesia, time and time again, as “Joe Clark” from the movie “Lean on Me!” Attesting to the way she cares and sacrifices is Oprah style. Her hard work and diligent dedication speak volumes, and whether noticed or unnoticed, you can’t help but applaud and give a very deserving person a solid pat on the back and a necessary, Thank-You! Assisting to change someone’s situation whether it is a ride to church, the mall, a school function or the chance of a life time to travel abroad, Dr. Kesia T. Pope, my sister, does that. My daughter relished the opportunity visit Germany, along with other students, as Kesia was the benefactress and the chaperone. Just recently, my daughter completed her undergraduate studies and is now an educator following in the footsteps of several family members. A distinguished candidate for the LifeChanger Award, Kesia goes the extra mile by baking cakes, providing gas money, assisting with tuition, feeding the group, purchasing tickets for admission, ensuring someone has something nice to wear and helping to place a smile on others’ faces. Enduring the distance of a full marathon in bristling cold weather, I watched her conquer that feat in Atlanta, Georgia. While training for distance racing, Kesia will not pass by an empty aluminum can without satcheling it for recycling to help provide funds to assist students where needed. Dr. Pope WILL do so others CAN do. What is so minute to some, is indeed life changing to others. Dr. Pope will continue to use terms of endearment like “Sugar” and keep on supporting, providing and organizing to positively change lives.

Lura F Sellers Posted over a year ago

I have had the honor of teaching while Dr. Pope was a vice-principal at Hattiesburg High. She always supported the classroom learning environment. This included the teachers, the students and the parents. She would give clear and concise directions, after an evaluation, that was always useful. When she was in my classroom she always provided positive for the students when needed. When we would have parent, student, teacher and principal meetings her clarity lead to positive steps to help the student improve their academics. It is an honor to have met and learned from Dr. Pope. Lura Sellers

Isis Page Posted over a year ago

Who/what is or can be a life changer. Anyone can impact a person life but it takes an extraordinary person to impact lives. Dr. Pope has been an extraordinary demonstrator of the term life changer. She has engaged in activities in the community of Bay Springs to display her qualities to the people and the students that she serves at Bay Springs High. Dr. Pope has increased students applying and being accepted for college and scholarship here in the community of Bay Springs. I do believe she has greatly impacted the students she has served, continues to serve and will serve do continue to excel in their own life.

Valencia Henson Posted over a year ago

Dr Pope has been very instrumental in two of my children advancing their education. She works tiredlessly with our high school students in the community that would like to attend Jackson State University. She is a member of the JSU Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter and they award scholarships to students who are furthering their education at JSU. Financial assistance for college students in any and every way is very beneficial. There are books, supplies and fees that a student incurs while attending college. Scholarships sometimes do not cover these expenses. The JSU Alumni Scholarship has assisted my two children with these expenses. Dr Pope also serves and a mentor and an inspirational figure in our community. She is a member of the team of alumni that meet with the JSU students in the community several times through out the year. This allows a relationship to be developed with the students. It also allows the students to interact with Dr Pope and other professionals and continues to be inspired to stay focused on their educational goals. As a mother, I am very thankful for her continued support and guidance she provides to my children and other children in our community. That is why I support her nomination of a LifeChanger of the Year.

Vontre Mason Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a great choice for the Life Changer Award. I am sure of this because she changed my life. As a 1st year instructor and Dr. Pope provided such great leadership and mentoring as my Vice Principal at Hattiesburg High School. Dr. Pope held me to a high standard professionally. Dr. Pope was consistent with her coaching and feedback toward my lesson plans, classroom management and discipline. Dr. Pope empowered me as a instructor with her wisdom and confidence in me. I believed in Dr. Pope as my superior! Watching Dr. Pope interact with the students also confirmed her ability as a life changer. Dr. Pope provided support for all the extra curricular activities at HHS. From theater plays to big time friday night lights Dr. Pope was present to support. Selecting Dr. Kesia Pope as the Life Changer Award winner would be a compliment to the award!

James Marshall Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope has been a motivational figure. She has the traits of a inspirational leader. I’m thankful to have had her in my life as principal but her works in life go far beyond that title. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for year and she’s well deserving of this recognition.

Sarah Moore Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a life changer because she has done just that: change lives. She has been a leader in her community, even as a youth, and continues to lead today. She has been a mentor, friend and facilitator of change. She is definitely worthy of this nomination.

Charles Taylor II Posted over a year ago

When you think of a LIGECHANGER you think of something that will make an impact forever, not just a season. DR. POPE , Will stick with me and many more students for LIFE. WE still talk about today how she is the best at what she do. The reason she is so SUCCESSFUL is because she LOVES everything about help people be Better than they could ever imagine. On BEHALF OF HHS C/0 2008 . WE Thank you Dr. Pope for believing in us. CLAIM THIS AWARD ITS YOURS, YOU DESERVE IT.

Lisa Gammage Carter Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an exceptional educator and an amazing principal at Bay Springs High School. I am proud to support her nomination for LifeChanger of the Year without reservation. She is a positive motivational force to the students at Bay Springs High and to our community. She wants every student to be successful. Dr. Pope is an ideal role model to the student as she exhibits leadership traits necessary to stimulate them to activate towards achievement. She is deserving of this LifeChanger honor.

Alicia Turner Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is definitely a life changer. She has always showed a positive attitude and caring spirit when I came in contact with her. She has made a great change at Bay Springs High.

Synthia Lindsey Posted over a year ago

As a member of the community and an alumni of Bay Springs High School, I take interest in the creative and successful drumming of this great school. Dr. Kesia Pope has quickly become a drum majorette for this school's staff and students. It is my pleasure to see her being considered for such a notable and fitting recognition.

Marqual Harris Posted over a year ago

As I reflect on my time at Hattiesburg High, I can honestly say that Dr. Pope was the first WOKE person that our class had seen. We got to witness her as she taught us, not only Biology, but also about giving our best efforts as African Americans in this country. She dressed the part, walked the walk, taught the lessons as well as fought the fight to create a better tomorrow for the future. Dr. Pope is not only a teacher to her students but a leader to those who follow her influence to be great, and the influence is strong. It's been 11 years since I've been a student in class with Dr. Pope, and she still has me turning in assignments. I can hear her now as I'm writing this comment, "Mr. Harris, I need for you to stop drawing in my class and do your lesson." Consequently, she recently invited me to put my art on display at the Jackson State University Alumni scholarship event this coming Sunday, and I gladly accepted. This is the total truth when I say that Dr. Pope is a life changer.

Andrea Jones Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Kesia pope for being nominated as a life changer of the year you really helped my son out when he was in school you made a big difference in my son life and thank you so much for everything you did in his life and my daughter Brittany you made sure she pasted her state test you wouldn't let give up on passing the test you helped all three of my kids and Dr. Kesia pope I really appreciate what you did for my kids

Brian Anderson Posted over a year ago

Kesia shows a great heart for her students. I have prayed with her and for her and her students on numerous occasions as they prepared for exams & state testing. The tears on her face were to me a strong indicator of how much she cares for them and their success.

Pat Watkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope makes it her business to motivate students to work hard and achieve more than they think they can! She models good character and exemplifies professionalism and a strong work ethic for students. Dr. Pope stresses the importance of setting goals and doing your best to reach those goals. Her genuine love for teaching students and for helping them to become all that they can be makes her a true life changer!

Vickie knight Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a life changer ahe is a great role model to all her student's and anyone she meet.

Stephanie B. Hoze Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an excellent school administrator on a mission of changing lives in her community everyday. She connects with people, has a dynamic personality, strong ethics and a unyielding commitment to her students. She empowers others to believe that they can and will accomplish their goals. As a retired educator, I’ve worked with Dr. Pope as a teacher and assistant principal at Hattiesburg High School. She truly leads by example and her actions always match her words!

Edward Johnson,Jr. Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr.Kesia Pope for almost 40 years! (Too much information!) We sang together in the Sweet Pilgrim Junior Choir as children. I've seen her grow and mature as a honor student, teacher, and one of the greatest educational leaders of our time. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, (Parents:Emma and Jessie Pope), I saw how her mother and father groom her to be the woman she is today. I get a little emotional while writing this because I'm an educator too and I am so proud of Dr. Pope. I'm not going to say I'm surprised at her gifts because I saw the seeds being planted and she is truly walking in light. You can't talk to her or move through this thing we call life,without being truly inspired. When Maya Angelou writes about the Phenomenal Woman: I don't shout or jump about,Or have to talk real loud, When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say , It's in the click of my heals, The bend of my hair, The palm of my hand, The need for care. 'Cause I'm a woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal woman, That's me! I say to one and all, "That's Dr .Kesia Pope!"

Alvin Randall Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an individual who makes a difference in everyone’s life that she comes in contact with, especially in the life of our children who are our future. What future would our kids have if we didn’t have someone like Dr. Pope who instills in them the importance of an education. If I had the opportunity to go back to the past, I would definitely want Dr. Pope to be my educator because I know with out a shadow of a doubt that she would inspire me to be more than I can be. God places people in our lives for a reason and the reason Dr. Pope was placed in the lives of so many children is because she is who God has called her to be. This is one of the reasons she should be chosen as Life Changer of The Year.

Clinton Posted over a year ago

Great teacher. I was a student of Ms. Pope when I was in tenth grade attending Hattiesburg Blair High School. She pushed me I would say the most out of any teacher that year. Honest person and really loves what she does. An always showed love for her students. She kept her cell phone on her desk just to make that faithful call to your parents if it came to it too. Lol. Changed my life at that moment an I feel in love with Science, biology the whole nine. LIFE CHANGER OF THE YEAR MS. KESIA POPE ?????????

Margaret Posted over a year ago

I knew Dr.Pope before she became Dr.Pope. She has always been a positive inspiration for me! While being my biology teacher in high school, she taught us to reach for our goals and always strive to be the best at whatever it is you chose to do!

Tamona Smith Posted over a year ago

It’s such a honor to be able to speak about the woman and inspiration you have been in my life. I’ll try to keep it short but there are so many great things to say about Dr. Pope. Dr. Pope was my teacher in high school, and she was very firm and didn’t play the radio. What stood out to me the most was that she was and is still a phenomenal woman. She leads by example, has Intergrity, always puts other before self, going above and beyond her call of duty, and she has always tried to empower and motivate men and women to excel and be the best you can be. I wasnt The best student, I can admit this much. At the time Dr Pope was Mrs Pope, and she made sure she didn’t let me cheat myself, or settle for anything. My immaturity had me believing she couldn’t change who I was, oh but she did. Even after high school, She has reached out to me and gave me so many wonderful opportunities. I cant Say enough about how much she impacted my life and today I currently Hold a Masters Degree, Veteran of the Air Force, and a firm (lol) wonderful mother to two beautiful children. This may not be enough to say how thankful I am for crossing your path, but I would Like to say Thank You, and everything you have done for all of us. I wish you all the blessing God has instore for you.

Emily Thompson Posted over a year ago

Dr Pope is a number one contestant for this life changing award. I have known DrPope for over 25 years as a teacher and administrator and she puts her heart in anything she undertakes. Dr Pope gave up a chance to go to medical school so she can work with the youth. Dr Pope is a very hard working teacher who has an unique approach to young people that immediately draws them to her. Dr Pope loves working with people at school,community, and church .

Karen Mooney Posted over a year ago

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well (Ralph Waldo Emerson). It is with this purpose that Dr. Kesia Pope breathes life into her teachers, her students, the school culture and its suroounding community. Dr. Pope can be seen mopping floors in classrooms and in hallways, She can be seen at all sporting events cheering and encouraging the coaches and students. She can be seen teaching classes when teachers are absent. She can be seen delivering dynamic teacher meetings. She can be seen tutoring individual students for state tests and improved academic skills. She can be seen exiting school buses at the beginning of the year as she rides each route to understand what environments our students live. She can be seen canvassing the cafeteria visiting and encouraging students during their lunch times. She can be seen posting and organizing celebrations that recognize each student’s success. She can be seen gathering and saving cans to fund incentive field trips. It is through these sightings that Kesia Pope changes one life at a time. I could say so much more about Dr. Pope’s ability to change a school’s culture one teacher and one student at a time, but her nominator said it all. She breathed life into this veteran teacher and into each student. Students witness and experience successes that would be impossible without Dr. Pope’s guidance and leadership. Their school is now an evolving academic institution, and the students are life-long learners because they have knowledge, the most powerful tool a society can possess. Thank you, Dr. Pope, for believing in children as you continue this most important life-changing journey with the same honor and compassion that makes you so worthy of Being named Lifechanger of the Year.

Joyce Jackson Posted over a year ago

Kesia has been involved in changing and impacting the lives of students and others for years. What got my attention is when she would call and ask me to bring my grandson to Saturday tutoring. I would drop everything and take him straight there where I knew he would receive one on one and small group instruction. In fact, Kesia works diligently with students period!! She is connected with church and community activities, sorority functions and other positive endeavors. She is an outstanding mother to her son and supporting mother to several of her son's friends. She is an excellent speech writer, presenter, catalyst, and a dynamic leader with effective leadership skills that merit CHANGE for the betterment of all involved. She has much to offer in multiple areas. She is a wonderful nominee for the LifeChanger of the Year Award. Since she has touched and positively impacted the life of so many, here's my small thanks...Thanks, Kesia! You truly are a LIFECHANGER!

LaQuanda Davis Posted over a year ago

She was and is a tremendous person .Dr.Pope was my biology teacher , she was the best and understanding teacher I had. Many misunderstood her, but I knew that there was purpose and destiny in her life .She taught me how to overcome the fears of life , and that human nature was real .I love her and wish her the best .

Thalia Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding nominee for life changer of the year. Since the beginning of her career, she has worked selflessly to forge students to their optimal level. Dr. Pope possesses a love for education and learning that exudes; wherefore getting students, parents, teachers, and community stake holders to believe in her vision and and students in themselves. She continues to make strides in test scores and student achievement as head principal of Bay Springs High School.

Scott Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope’s enthusiasm and creativity was the driving force behind the success of the school I previously worked at. Her leadership and confidence let me know that the school was in great hands. Whenever I needed help, she didn’t hesitate to assist me. She is truly an asset to whatever project she is a part of.

Veronica Kettley Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope was a good principal. She was the best out of them all. All she want is for the students to gradate and make it into college.. I Think Dr.Pope should be nominated.

Jessie McGee Posted over a year ago

I havent had the homor of meeting Dr. Pope, but i have heard about the wonderful job she does. I Pastor Phalti M.B Church in Bay Springs and my members speak very highly of you, i look forward to meeting you.

Jessie Alan Sanford Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pope is what we need in an educator. Her experience and knowledge is an asset to the school system

Pastor Gary Smith Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing leader, and woman of integrity, she is the definition of a life changer. Through Dr. Pope's hard work and dedication, her children and staff are motivated to reach new heights, and to conquer goals which seemed unreachable. Dr. Pope creates an atmosphere which is conducive for success , Dr. Pope is a game changer!!!

Jason Wilson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very wonderful person. Our kids at Bay Springs High really look up to her she motivates our kids to do better in every aspect of life she’s very motivated and passionate not only about her job but those children. She develops life changing bonds with those kids and I salute her for that she is truly a life changer.

Jamal Hibbler Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was my biology teacher in high school. I never seen a teacher who was as dedicated as her. The passion she had for biology rubbed off on me. I found myself paying attention to everything she said. I finished her class as a top student. She always strives to be the best and nothing less.

John H Brown Jr Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, Words are not enough to express how your commitment and dedication to developing young minds has changed the plight of families for generations. Your creative approach to deal with sometimes the most difficult situations in bridging the gap between a childs potential and real life application is amazing. I have seen you in seemingly the most tense situations in your career make sense of how important a student's right now means their future. You in others words are the ultimate LIFECHANGER!

Rosiland R. Jenkins, MSW Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful example of successful leadership. Not only do she lead, but she guides, instructs, inspire, and cultivates every person she is in contact with on a daily basis. She encourages everyone at all ages to be the BEST they can be in all things and not to settle for less. She is the epitome of class and definitely a woman of integrity and character who has made a huge impact within the Hattiesburg community. It is my great honor to tell others how blessed we are to have Dr. Pope amongst us.

Felicia Wheat-Baskin Posted over a year ago

Resilient, dedicated, phenomenal, are but a few terms that accurately describe the characteristics of Dr. Keisa Pope. I have had the absolute pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for well over 15 years, I must admit she has never wavered from absolute excellence! She is a life changer in that she displays the best and thus expects and produces the very best! ??

Jaylen Hosey Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has changed my life in so many ways. If it wasn’t for her I would not have became the better man I am now. She really deserves this award because I have seen her not only encourage me to be better and become more then what I am protrayed to be.

Joy Tisdale Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope, I can write an entire book about this beautiful Angel! Where do I start, I could start at her very unique and creative ways of teaching, and the cool trips that we go on, but those are just some of the treats from knowing her... she's such a very loving and passionate person, and love all of her kids with her entire heart, and would bend over backwards to make sure that if not all most of our needs were met. She also showed us that this was who she was, she would do this outside of school. I know that her son, mom, and others who are around her on a daily basis are proud of her, I know that I am, because I think that it's well overdue to such a sweet, passionate, Angel! Love you ms. Pope!!!!! ????????

James Bruin Posted over a year ago

Dr..Pope serves as a innovator & trailblazer for not just Mississippi educational system yet also on the national level. Thank you Dr. Pope for serving as a role model for youth and adults alike. May you continue to soar as a lifechanger for years to come.

Latrina McCarty Posted over a year ago

Yes, I have known Dr. Pope for many years, when our sons attended the same preschool. She is a woman of great virtues. She is more than qualified on paper as well as heart.

Breanne Sullivan Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is considered to be a life changer in her life and profession and definitely deserving of this award. She sees the importance of building relationships with students creating a nurturing atmosphere for them, encourages students to prepare for college/workforce, takes them on trips, and raises funds for scholarship. One of the most impressive things that she has done since becoming principal is improving the schools accountability level from a C to a B her first year and the second year their rating was only 8 points from an A. Keshia Pope demonstrates by her productivity in life and work that she is truly a LifeChanger who makes a difference for students and their families.

Shannon Howze Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the most motivational person I have ever encountered. The dedication and excellence that she exhibits in her career are evident in the lives of her students. She works tirelessly to educate, encourage, and empower every student. Dr. Pope is truly a life changer.

Demetra Bates Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, is simply amazing! Her wealth of knowledge is impeccable! She is truly an educator that cares about her students and staff as well! Her personality is like none other which makes it hard to forget her! She is passionate about everything she is involved in. She is such a deserving person of this nomination. I’m grateful to say i know her.

Kathy Powe Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is deserving of the Life Changer of the Year award. I have known her as an educator for the last 13 years. I got the chance to witness her transition from the classroom from a Biology teacher to administration. She is a role model for young ladies to follow, I personally witnessed this in Hattiesburg Public Schools and I’m Witnessing now with Bay Sprungs High School. Her passion for education is admirable. She strives to expose her students to every opportunity that they need in order to be successful. She truly exemplifies and embody the Life Changer of the Year Award.

Maxine Richardson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is selfless, giving and totally dedicated to students. Her desire for their success is evident as she cheers for them on the court, on the field and in the classroom. The reading regimen that she has put in place at Bay Springs High is prompting students to prepare for a world of opportunities. Dr. Pope is making a mark that matters. She is a life changer.

Jimmy L. Hopkins Posted over a year ago

Among the many characteristics of an effective leader, or change agent, is one's ability to have a positive influence on the thoughts and behaviors of others. Central to one's ability to have positive influence is one's effectiveness in building strong relationships with people. Dr. Kesia Pope's success with students, parents, colleagues, and community stakeholders can be largely credited to her unique ability to build such relationships. Evidence of her success with positive influence with students, parents, colleagues and community stakeholders is cited in the many statements from those whose lives she has touched, as well as in her wonderful Biography. During her experience as a high school biology teacher, Dr. Pope designed and conducted Biology I tutorial classes to offer students a better opportunity for success, especially for those who needed more confidence and practice in order to be successful on the State Biology Test. During PTO Open House at her high school, Dr, Pope often allowed her parents opportunities to view specimens using microscopes while being assisted by biology students. Dr, Pope shared with her students' parents a monthly newsletter titled "Biological Basics", which highlighted "Star Students" and showcased students in action as they did lab activities and executed performance tasks. During her first year of teaching, Dr. Pope was cited by her school principal for having earned the best teacher evaluation that he had ever conducted on a first-year teacher. More evidence of her influence on her colleagues is noted in her having been selected by her fellow teachers as the Hattiesburg High School Teacher Of The Year. During the same year she was selected by a Hattiesburg Public School District Selection Committee from among eight other local school Teachers Of The Year as the Hattiesburg Public School District Teacher Of The Year. By her example, she inspires excellence in others. I view her as an outstanding candidate for your LIFECHANGER Award.

DaShawn Crawford Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has made a big impact on my academic success. She constantly reminded me and my fellow classmates that academic achievement is the key to becoming successful in all aspects of life. She is a life changer.

Bradford Moore Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope congratulations for being nominated as a Life Changer of the Year. You have inspired many just by the simple things you have done over the past years. The first time I met you was at Hattiesburg High School's open house where you were my brother's Biology teacher. You helped inspired me to be the man I am today by our powerful words of wisdom. As my principal, you expected the best out of us saying things like, "Smell the aroma of your diploma" or "Just don't be, Be the Best" and believe it or not those words actually stuck with me through my high school years and on to my college years. Again I want to say congratulations and thanks for being the best!

Amarius Jenkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman of character and an advocate of education whom I imitate. She was the assistant principal at Hattiesburg High School where I graduated from in 2016. She had advanced to become principal in another school district my senior year, but the legacy she created stood strong. She was fair and it was clear that she wanted us to value our education as much as she did. I am very excited about Dr. Pope receiving this nomination. She is truly a life changer.

KeAria Frelix Posted over a year ago

Thank you for all of your help and enthusiasm Dr. Pope! You deserve to see your hard work manifest through this nomination!

Kaitlyn Dent Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is definitely a life-changer. She is such a positive role model to anyone she meets. She definitely deserves this award. She is one of many who inspired me to further my education at an HBCU. With her being a product of Jackson State University it pushed me even more to attend an HBCU.

JaQuinn Ross Posted over a year ago

From the day Dr.Pope first came I could tell she cared. She change the school and you could tell the difference from the impact she made. She help many students in every way she could and was like a mother to me. From the qoutes she always told me and the unconditional love she showed me made me accept her and it was a choice that I'll never regret. ??

Teresa Payton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has made a difference in our children’s lives. Education is the key, but she goes beyond that. She pushes them to excel, while showing them that she really cares about them and their future.

Jada Cook Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the best teacher I have had of all my years of school. She is the type of person to motivate and push everyone to do their best at excelling. When Dr. Pope arrived to Bay Springs, we were a C rated school and she created this class called Read, Write, Rhythm where we would read, read, & read and she helped us to become a B rated school and that’s when the faculty and students knew that she was what we needed all along to push us to where we know we can be. There were two things that Dr. Pope said every morning over the intercom and I quote, “Smell the Aroma of Your Diploma” & “Commit to Commencement, College, & Career”, these two sayings still today keeps me motivated to keep working hard and to never lose focus of what’s important. Dr. Pope is a life changer and I am a witness to that, Bay Springs High School would not be where it is today if it was not for her. #DRPOPEFORLIFECHANGERAWARD

Kimberly Wright Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, in my opinion is a great mentor and educator for kids. I have watched her move up the latter as a educator. She sets a strong foundation for her school. As principal ,she strives for excellence and ,sets an example of her leadership through her character and vision of academic excellence.

Selena Page Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the most consistent and intelligent women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. An advocate for education, she has always strived for excellence and helped myself and others towards their best. Dr. Pope IS a life changer!

Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. Trigg Posted over a year ago

Keshia, please excuse me for waiting so long to tell you how proud I'm to have a niece like you. Just keep the Faith, and everything will be alright. Your Uncle Tony Sr. and Tony Jr........Love!

Daron Trigg Posted over a year ago

Keshia, I feel like it your goal is to help educate every child and prepare them to be a lifelong learner, in this ever changing global society. So keep the good work going in your school.

Kristina Pollard Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an exceptional educator, leader, and servant to the community. She is a positive example and mentor for other eduacators and youth. Dr. Pope has a heart for children and for helping others reach their maximum potential.

lazarius johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great person who inspires us to do well in school. And she also gives incentives to make sure that we graduate. She requires that we read everyday, and this is why she is a great principal. I am glad that she is here with me. Once before when I was here, I was off track a little, but she made sure that I got myself together. I love the way that she connects with everybody to make sure that we will do well. Even if it does not work exactly as planned for some students, she never quits. But I really want her to be the life changer of the year because she tremendously helps me and I want to thank her for being here.

William Newell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the best principals that I have yet to know. She helps students in need and always knows how to handle situations that arise. She is always on the go and gets the job done the way it needs to be done. She cares about what happens to us. She knows what to do when one of us gets out of line. Dr. Pope has a big heart and will try to give students a second chance. I want to thank her for all she has done. She is a life changer.

Jakhorey Page Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the best principals. She always motivates us. She loves to come and see us work in class. She helped us work hard and move from a C to a B school. She is a very is good principal, and I wouldn't trade her for anyone else. I have my fingers crossed for Dr. Pope to win life changer of the year.

Dionte Thompson Posted over a year ago

Pick Dr. Pope for life changer because she is the best. She is principal at Bay Springs High School where we lock down and read. As a student, I love all that she does for us.

Olivia Dean Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the most amazing principal that we have had in years. She always wants us to do better until we do our best. Every morning she makes announcements and tells us to read as many books as we can. Dr. Pope tells us that if we read more now, it will help us when we go to college. All the time, she gives us motivation to do better on our any test. So she is a life changer.

Kristopher Gammage Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman who wants students to do their best in school and in life.

Marquez Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope should win life changer of the year because she inspires students at Bay Spring High school to give their all every single day.

Jada E. Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the hardest working people I've known since living in Hattiesburg! She was always helpful, honest, and understanding. Dr. Pope was definitely a key figure in my high school years. She made sure to keep us motivated and stimulated. She is a prime candidate for the Lifechanger of the Year Award.

Chloe Cunningham Posted over a year ago

It's a blessing to have Dr. Pope as our school principal at Bay Springs High School. It's a good thing we have her. She wants us to do our very best to succeed in life. If it wasn't for her our school average may not be as high. I am really thankful for her and God's work for our school.

maurica nixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope encourages students to work hard and read everyday. She has high expectations for everyone so no one feels left out. She makes sure we read everyday because it is very important. She also thinks outside the box so learning is never boring. She constantly keep parents updated on their children. She treats us like her own and always gives us positive life changing advice.

Fabain Payton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has bettered our school by raising the standards that we are expected to reach. She has made us feel special and want to better ourselves. She encourages us to do better no matter how high or low our grades are. Dr. Pope makes sure our parents are informed about the activities that are taking place at the school.

Tanisha Walker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope should win because she pushes us to do our best at school. She also lets our parents know how we are doing. She helped the school come from a C rating to a B rating. She encourages us to do our best each and every day. Every morning she tells us to “Smell the aroma of your diploma and follow your nose."

Demetrius Musgrove Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a loving and caring principal. She always tries to bring out the best each and every one of the students at Bay Springs High School. She makes sure we get our grades before anything else. She should be life changer because she drills the importance of reading everyday.

Felissa Campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a very nice, intelligent person. She has changed a lot of children lives by pushing them to read and Commit to Commencement College and Career.

Floree Trigg Posted over a year ago

Keshia, I am excited to be a part of your life and I'm sure your school is excited to have a person like you to serve the faculty, staff, and students, as you strive to inspire learners and develop leaders. You began your education career at an early age. I feel that you have had a very high impact on students lives. I believe when you was in the classroom that you wanted to make a bigger impact in the lives of your students. I think your experience have afforded you the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of successful educator to meet the common goal of increasing students achievement. Your Aunt Floree 02-14-18. To Sweet Angel(Better known as Keshia)

Sandra Thompson Posted over a year ago

I've had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for over Twelve years, in several different capacities. First as an acquantance, we grew as friends and I got to see her excel as a great administrator. I have worked with her on numerous community projects conducive to learning. She has worked with my two sons on different levels to fit their individual needs while helping to cone their educational strengths. She was very instrumental in helping one of my son's pass the proficiency tests to graduate. While struggling through school with ADHD and a number of other distractions, she was determined not to let him or others fail from Hattiesburg High Class of 2014. Lending her services not only as a educator but as a mentor and tutor as well. Her sterness mixed with creativity help give him the ability to reach inside himself to reach his full potential. With this being said she helped him pass the tests needed to graduate. It is with these qualities, services, and influences that makes me proud to nominate Dr. Kesia Pope for the Life Changer of the year award.

Angelia McCain Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, has shown excellent leadership qualities as principal of Bay Springs High School. She challenges her students to strive and reach for the best without reservation. She instills accountability and moral values in each student to be the best you can in all circumstances. Her bubbly personality is contagious because it exemplifies her tenacity, enthusiasm, excitement, drive, energy and expectations. She showcases her students abilities and accomplishments in the school hallways and at football games. She is presently involved in the lives of all of her students and you constantly hear them saying "Dr. Pope says smell the aroma of your diploma." I have seen the excitement in my daughter as well as other students as they strive daily to embrace the challenges that are before them. I recommend Dr. Pope without reservation as the recipient of the Life Changer of the Year because she has indeed changed lives at Bay Springs High School. The school is now a level B and that within itself reflects remarkable leadership abilities. She is indeed a jewel!!!

Alexis Lett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing person. She taught her students the importance of contributing positivit to make a better world. She taught us how to be responsible and how to channel our inner strength. She pushed us to be studious and to be the best people we could. She is intelligent. Not only is she intelligent, but she is selfless. She finds joy in giving back to her community. She is a family oriented person that touches every person she comes into contact with. She leaves a mark on the lives of others because she is very kind spirited and has a strong sense of friendship!

Tré Fairley Posted over a year ago

Congratulations on your nomination, you are definitely an inspiration to not only me but many others that have had the great honor of knowing you.

Douglas Thornton Lindsey Posted over a year ago

I've known Dr. Kesia Pope for over 25 years. She has always been an elegant woman of class and distinction. She and her family have given so much back to the community in the area of education and scholarship. Dr. Kesia Pope is a born LifeChanger.

Jerry Buisson, PhD Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope's accomplishments are impressive. I have worked in the educational system for over almost 40 years and have worked with many principals. The principals (and educators) like Dr. Pope were the best colleagues to work with and the best professionals for implementing much-needed change. For 17 years, I worked in a teacher preparation program at a state university here in Mississippi. I always hoped that my teacher candidates would be fortunate enough to work in a school with a principal like Dr. Pope and that they could find a mentor with Dr. Pope's teaching skills and creativity. Dr. Pope has certainly earned her nomination for Life-Changer of the Year. As winner, she would represent the spirit of the Award very well.

DaNaysha Stevens Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the best principals. She motivates us to do our best in everything we do. She is strong, steady and outspoken with her high expectations. When she is needed, she is there for us. When she speaks to us, nothing bad or discouraging comes out of her mouth. She has helped our school go from a C to a B school. I like the fact that she is here at Bay Springs High School. I wouldn't trade her for another principal in the world. I also liked that fact that she knows her students by name and that she knows that we are all capable of success. I have never met anyone like her and I am truly glad that she wants to see us as teens to do better in life. She is really a lifechanger.

Alexis Keys Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the principal who makes sure we are doing well in school. She preaches to us to commit to commencement, college and career. Since Dr. Pope has been here, she has influenced us and helped us improve our Bay Springs High School from a C rating to a B rating. Everyday she makes her way around the school to keep us focused. I honestly believe that she should get the Life Changer of the Year award because of the creative things she has put in place for students to do our best and improve our school.

Jamarius Hosey Posted over a year ago

I think Dr. Pope should win life changer because she is very intelligent and she is a good principal. She has good ideas as to helping us do well and prove that we are smart students.

Annalalia Perez Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope should get Life Changer of the Year because of the way her morning routine unfolds when she has something positive to say to motivate us students. She prompts us to have a better day and a better point of view on our future. The way Dr. Pope helps us in bettering our reading skills on a daily basis makes us see that it is a way to use our education for our benefit. Dr. Pope will always remind us to reach for success to achieve advanced or proficient on our test and for us to always do our best. Dr. Pope is a very bright principal. She greets us every time she sees someone in the hall. Every smile she shares is a reminder of the way we should never give up.

Kelsey Patterson Posted over a year ago

The first day Dr. Pope came to our school, she introduced herself with confidence and inspiration. It was very obvious that she was excited to step in at Bay Springs High School and make a difference. I was at softball practice and on her first day she came out to the field and asked the team to do a bonding exercise. We were asked to say an adjective to describe ourselves, but it had to begin with the first letter of our name. For example, Kelsey is kind. We all knew after that day that she would inspire us to learn and grow because she believed in us. That is all it takes for students to reach their peek, a motivator. Everyday, Dr. Pope would see me in the hallway and say, "Hey K.P.!" with a big smile on her face. As you can can see we have the same initials, so it is fascinating to know we have something in common. Personally Dr. Pope would help me by pulling me to the side and saying, "Kelsey I see your grades are not where they should be and I know what you are capable of." Also when I was frustrated, Dr. Pope would say, "Kelsey you have to stay in your comfort zone and not let any negative energy corrupt all the good things you have been working hard for." Dr. Pope is also a great supporter outside of education. I play multiple sports and Dr. Pope hasn't missed one game. She is always there as a educator, mentor, and supporter.

JaQuana Bolton Posted over a year ago

I think Dr. Pope should receive the life changer award because she motivates us students to do better. Dr.Pope is a great life changer of Bay Springs High. Throughout the school year, she makes sure that everyone is working towards the graduation goal. If she see something or someone slipping, she lets us know that "NO ONE RISES TO LOW EXPECTATIONS!" Dr. Pope reminds students to read daily. Dr. Pope is also a great supporter as she never misses a game. She's hard on all of us because she wants better for us. Dr. Pope is indeed a good person and should win the life changer award.

Jashawn Huddleston Posted over a year ago

There are numerous reasons why Dr. Pope should win this award. Dr. Pope is the most positive, hyper, and talented. One of my features that I like is that she can do it all. For example, one day there was four teacher absent, and we didn't have a lot of substitutes that day. So Dr. Pope hopped in the classes. She was going class to class teaching for a little while waiting for the substitutes to come. The other feature that I like about her is that she creates a positive vibe with everyone she talk to. She always give us trials to prove we are the best of the best. There are many other reasons why she should win life changer of the year. I love Dr. Pope. Therefore, she should win the life changer award.

Dr. Olivia D. McNair Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope, It is absolutely wonderful to be recognized for passion and perseverance. Thank you for being an educator. Thank you for playing an active role in the education process. Thank you for being consistent with students and pulling them to their highest levels. You are certainly a life changer. Congrats, Dr. Olivia D. McNair

adrian cole Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great principal who inspires us to do your best in everything we do. She gets on the intercom every morning giving wonderful speeches to the us about education and life. She wants every child to improve on their test scores and school work everyday. She wants every studnet on track and not left behind. She's always in a happy, wonderful, gorgeous, mood every day she come to work and that is what makes a lot of students feel encouraged about coming to school.

Eddie Payton Posted over a year ago

There are a lot of things that I can say about Dr. Pope, but the main one is that she is the perfect candidate for LifeChanger of the Year. Dr. Pope is one of the most respectful and well loved persons that I know. If you ever meet her, she is always smiling and having a good time. I have never seen a more loving human being than Dr. Pope. She always come into our classrooms and tells us to get busy if we are off task. I know that she is perfect to be named LifeChanger of the Year.

Chas Harris Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a true life changer and is living proof that one person can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others!

Dr. Cassundra Peyton Brown Posted over a year ago

As a Retired Administrator and member of the Hattiesburg Community, it is my pleasure and honor to render my support to Dr. Kesia Pope as 2018 Life Changer of the Year Nominee. Many years ago, I was blessed to work with a colleague whose daughter, Kesia was destined for success at an early age showing love for family, community and all mankind. While in High School, Dr. Pope was well rounded excelling at every task she embarked upon. Some of my most memorable events including her being crowned Hattiesburg High School Homecoming Queen, member of the Forensic Team, graduating with highest honors from High School, graduating from Jackson State University, graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with her PhD., etc. Dr. Pope possesses many exceptional qualities that incorporates the motto, “Failure is not an Option”. Remembering her as a successful High School Biology teacher, a High School Cheerleader Coach, a Teacher who provided free after school tutoring for students who were struggling to pass the high school exit exams, Hattiesburg Public School Retention/Recruiter resonates with me as person who always went Above and Beyond the Call of Duty to make a positive different in her community. Since she has been Principal at Bay Springs High, I have continued to hear of her success from parents in that area who are proud of her dedication to their students and the entire community. “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord”. Luke 1:45

Alyssa Benton Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Dr. Kesia Pope for being nominated as a Life Changer of the Year.

Javon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisha Pope always has a wonderful disposition about her self. Congratulations!

Maxie J. Brooks Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a Life Changer in so many ways. As a mentor to young people she is in charge of everyday, she is also a spiritual Life Changer as well. She puts forth the same energy at her home congregation. She is a faithful member who lends a hand whenever and wherever there is work to be done. Her endless agape love for others keeps growing daily. I believe Dr. Pope should receive The Life Changer of The Year Award.

Andrea Jones Posted over a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Kesia pope for being nominated as a life changer of the year you really helped my son out when he was in school you made a big difference in my son life and thank you so much for everything you did in his life and my daughter Brittany you made sure she pasted her state test you wouldn't let give up on passing the test you helped all three of my kids and Dr. Kesia pope I really appreciate what you did for my kids

Vickie Burkett Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Dr. Kesia Pope for being nominated as a Life Changer of the Year.

Shalaina King Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope pushes us to read more and to better ourselves. Every morning, she gives us numerous amount of reasons as to why school and reading are important in our everyday lives. She tells us each day that we have what it takes to become a better person. For every one who proves their proficiency, she awards us with trips and more. Dr. Pope is an excellent role model, teacher, and principal. One year, my Biology teacher was out sick and Dr. Pope stood in her place and she taught the class as if she was the teacher herself. Dr. Pope changes lives.

Akili Jackson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the most intelligent adults I know. Her main thought is always success. She wants to focus on how to make the people around her better. I would say selfless is the word. Dr. Pope has this glow about her that lets others know what type of person she is and what she is all about. "Commit to commencement, college, and career." is her slogan, and to be truthful, this quote gets me through the day when I'm about to fall asleep during a test or zone off during note-taking. Dr. Pope is a perfect pick for lifechanger because she is slowly changing my life, so let her change yours.

Ashton Turner Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope should be picked for LifeChanger of the Year because she has made our school better. She always motivates us to do our best and she has very high expectations for every student. She is a very caring principal and she is always trying to find a way for students to improve their academic skills. Dr. Pope also encourages students to do better in life and she tries to help us succeed. She also pushes me to do better as a person, particularly on improving my academic skills and giving my all to succeed in life.

Deangelo Walker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding principal and she is a strong believer that all students are worthy for the college level. Dr. Pope pushes us to become the best at what we do. Dr. Pope comes from a learning background. Dr. Pope inspires youth of all races and beliefs to understand that graduation is a must. As a student of Dr. Pope, she has inspired me to go to college and chase my dream in this world. Dr. Pope is truly a Life Changer and should be named as the winner hands down.

Kimberly Posted over a year ago

Kesia has a blessed spirit. She is the total pacakage of what our society needs. Her hard work is paying off everyday because of her love for our youth. I appreciate what she does and I Thank God for positive people like Kesia Pope!

Lashanda Stringfield Posted over a year ago

In the many years that I've known Dr. Pope, she has always exemplified excellence. She is a child of God and He has blessed her to be a blessing to others.

Rose L. Ard Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is deserving of Life Changer of the Year because she is outstanding, talented, & creative. She is a leader and many have benefited from her leadership.

Hope Jones Posted over a year ago

I first met Dr. Pope at the beginning of her first year at B.S.H.S. Several parents and I were at the school registering our girls for a softball camp, and Dr. Pope introduced herself and the girls that were there were introducing themselves, and when it got my turn, I introduced myself as Rondayshia’s mom and she greeted me as that. From that day forth, Dr. Pope has always been very nice and associates people with their kids. My daughter is very lucky to have such a loving and supportive principal. She is always there cheering the kids on sometimes louder than their own parents and showing the kids love as well admiration. She cares about the kids and their schooling and always a great supporter. Thanks Dr. Pope for all you do from Rondayshia’s mom as well as all of the other kids moms and dads. We love you and thank the Lord for you.

Taneka Hawkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is full of life and energy. She works hard to promote exellence in all academic areas. As an instructional leader, she displays her ability to lead as well as support teachers in thier efforts to meet the needs of every student. Dr. Pope encourages and fosters creativity in her teachers and her number one goal is to inspire, motivate and encourage others to meet thier full potential. Dr. Pope is a lifechange!

Isaiah Hamilton Posted over a year ago

My name is Isaiah Hamilton and I attend Bay Springs High School. Even though I have only known Dr. Pope for one year, I believe she is an excellent principal. When I attended elementary school in Raleigh, I heard that Bay Springs School was a bad place. But when I moved to Bay Springs at the beginning of last year, I realized that this school was not bad. Dr. Pope seems to put a lot of effort into making this a great school, and it seems like she is succeeding because students' grades are rising better than they have before. She has encouraged many students to do their best and reach for their goals. Every morning, Dr. Pope tells all of us on the intercom to "Smell the diploma aroma." To me, this means that I need to, not literally smell it, but see it in my future. And I do. In my future, I hope to design technology or become an author. And I am pretty sure that Dr. Pope can help me with this. So these are the reasons why I think that Dr. Pope is a real Life Changer.

Roshanda Fowler Posted over a year ago

I think Dr. Pope should win because she is a very smart and intelligent person who knows a lot about learning and life and she is willing to share her knowledge. She knows right from wrong and most importantly she graduated from high school and collage. Dr. Pope seems like she would be awesome if she won because she is a life changer. She loves to help anyone who really needs help. Plus, she has a lot of patience with students. Her experience as principal makes a difference. The little things that she does helps people so much. For example, the way she encourages us to do our best in what we are good in and the way she recognizes the good girls and good guys in the school really are a big deal. I believe Dr. Pope should win this award because she has a lot of experience. Dr. Pope is a true life changer.

Ashanti Holliday Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the best principal at Bay Springs. I really look up to her because she is an outspoken person, and she has high expectations for all students at Bay Springs High School. I go to Dr. Pope and talk to her myself because she will always tell me right from wrong. She treats all of us fairly, and she is a great person. She has made us who we are now at Bay Springs High School. She want us to achieve all our goals because, "No one rises to Low Expectations!" SHE IS A LIFECHANGER!

Alissa Posted over a year ago

I think that Dr. Pope should win life changer of the year because she is an understanding person. She helps us through a lot of our issues. For example, if someone is being bullied, that person can go to her for help and she will take care of the situation. In other words, she inspires us to strive to do better. Dr. Pope wants us to be determined in life and to get serious about our future. She encourages us to work hard to reach our goals for success.

whitney campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very good principal. She works hard to keep the kids achieving at a high level. If we didn't have her at Bay Springs High School we will not have a high average. She makes sure that the students stay out of trouble. Dr. Pope should be the life changer of the year. She inspires and encourages Freshmen to pass the first time and move on to what is next.

Kelani Ducksworth Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope encourages us to succeed and make something better out of our high school years. She also believes in doing the right thing by helping prepare us for graduation in 2021. Dr. Pope is pushing us to high expectations and helping some of us believe we're going to be something in life when we get out of high school. She encouraged me that I'm going to go to college and begin a career as soon as I get out of high school. I am most thankful thank her for being our principal.

LaJada Johnson Posted over a year ago

As I entered these doors at Bay Springs High School it has been nothing but work, work, work. Dr.Pope is an outstanding principal who really cares about others and she tries to always make sure we are acting right and doing our work. She doesn't mistreat anyone or treat us any differently. She takes everything very seriously as in doing her job. She helps students on biology a lot which transforms a failing grade into a passing grade. I strongly think that Dr. Kesia Pope should be named as Life Changer of the Year because she's an very smart and outstanding person who has made me and others better people. Without a doubt, she is an Life Changer.

Celeste Strong Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope makes a good impact on us students. She helps us when we need assistance. Dr. Pope pushes us to improve our reading and writing skills. She makes sure that everybody has quality learning experiences. She is definitely a lifechanger!!!!!!

Amauria Dease Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the best principal a school could ask for. She pushes all her students, and she makes sure we rise to high expectations. Dr. Pope is always happy and energetic. I have never seen her upset. Even when students act out or mistreat her, she is still positive. She is very productive, motivational, and inspirational. Dr. Pope has changed many lives coming in and out of Bay Springs High School. She is a life changer!

elizabeth winslett Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an inspiration to everyone and to our learning environment. As a school principal, she helps students in time of need and she works with any of us who are not doing so well in classes. She encourages us to come to school and learn more each and everyday. She helps us realize that we need to keep trying and never quit. She wants all of us to move towards our goals in daily life. She inspires us all by giving inspirational quotes every morning just to build up our courage and to remind us to never let go of the dreams that we have for our future. God has put a special ability in her heart that makes us smile every day.

Shumiron Washington Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is my principal and she moves me to do my best. She does her job in education to help us learn all we can. She inspires many students and encourages us to do our very best at everything we do and not to give up. She pushes us to our maximum and she is a life changer for all of us.

Santeia Jenkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is my principal at Bay Springs High School. She impacts all of our lives. She treats us as if we are her own. Dr. Pope makes sure that we understand that we will never rise to low expectations. So, we set goals to pass and score proficient. As principal, Dr. Pope makes certain that we stay on task with our reading and our school work . She is the definition of a REAL life changer because she encourages me to do better and stay positive. Without her, I don't know where l would be today.

Hailee Nixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is my principal. She is an inspiration to all. Even though her profession is education, she loves to see us learning and that puts a big smile on her face. Dr. Kesia Pope is a very hard working woman. God has truly come upon her life. She also loves seeing student athletes, including me, participate in school activities. She wants to make sure every thing gets done in the right and proper way. She is a very influential person at Bay Springs High School and she has changed many lives. She is a very outstanding person . I will never forget her words: COMMIT TO COMMENCEMENT COLLEGE AND CAREER!!!!!

Jaydon Quince Posted over a year ago

Principal Dr. Pope is committed to commencement for all. She believes in all of us, and we know that she wants the best for us academically and even outside of school. Dr. Pope does all she can to help and get us to the next level. She keeps us motivated to score well on the ACT and determined to graduate date by saying, "Smell the diploma aroma." She has a lot of potential and can change any program for the better.

Lamarcus Stubbs Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope inspires a lot of students and people. Although she is a principal, she helps everyone. She helps others by telling them to keep your head up and keep pounding. Dr. Pope is a very nice, inspirational person, and she is truly a life changer. Even though I only known her a year, she is a very special person. God has truly given her talents and gifts. Like she always says, "Comment to Commencement and College and Career."

Nickalous Agee Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a principal who is encouraging. She does not want any students to have low expectations. She always reminds us to keep our minds on our commencement, college and career.

Sariah Gavin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an inspiration to everyone in the West Jasper School Didtrict. She is a life changer to young and old and can turn anything negative to a positive outcome. She always believes in us students at Bay Springs High School even when we don't believe in ourselves. Without Dr. Pope, I wouldn't be as successful as I am today and wouldn't be able to believe in myself. She is a definition of a LifeChanger.

Jaravia Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a strong inspirational force to all. She is the type of person that guides us and helps us to succeed. Pope is all about business. Although it does not matter what a task requires or what it takes, she helps us get to where we need to be in life.

A'Donnius McGill Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a inspiration to all of us. She encourages us to try our best and to do the best. Dr. Kesia is determined to get her students to the top. She's a great leader in our live and, helps us students become the people who we are. She is a great achiever to look up to. She gives all her effort to us. She pushes us to the top of our academics.

Brittany Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a life changer who deserves this nomination for her overall mighty learning methods that shape young people into advance adults. She wants student to know that we can move to higher levels and attend colleges and universities and also graduate with honors. She has really inspired me from the first day of the ninth grade and, hopefully, until my senior year when I graduate.

Katlyn Davis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope motivates all of her students to do their best. She sets high expectations for all of us here at Bay Springs High School. One of her most common sayings is, "No one rises to low expectations!" She sets goals for us that we can't even imagine setting for ourselves, and she does whatever it takes to help us meet those goals. Whenever there is a job that needs to be done, she's always there. Most days, she takes on the role of teacher and principal. These are few of the many reason that Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger.

Rondayshia Thigpen Posted over a year ago

Our principal, Dr. Kesia Pope, is a lady of class willing to be here for us students. She is determined to get her students to the top. She keeps us focused and guides us through the obstacles of life. Academics and leadership are also her main points of focus for students. She is a great life achiever and someone I look up to for motivation.

Makayla Halton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope gives life changing speeches daily to help us students. She is a strong caring black woman that is here to help all. She help us no matter who we are and she will make sure we are good before herself.

Sophia Dent Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a strong intelligent mentor, motivator, and educator who instills in her students of how imperative it is to further education beyond the secondary level. My experience with Dr Pope is from HHS during my daughter's four years there. She has a unique way of making learning retainable for the student. She was approachable. When her students needed her, they could always go to her. She made it possible for students to get additional help in attending college by providing information about different resources that were available. She made it possible for my daughter to receive a scholarship from Jackson State University Hattiesburg Chapter Alumni, to attend JSU - her dream college. For this, I am forever grateful. Who is Dr. Kesia Pope to me? She most definitely is a Life Changer.

Juruthin Woullard Posted over a year ago

My name is Juruthin Woullard, a retired educator/administrator, and it is my privilege to share with you why I believe Dr. Kesia Pope should receive such a great honor. She is one who is very dedicated and willing to go that extra mile to accomplish her goals and to assist her students to execute their best efforts towards success. She works untiringly in serving her community, city, and surrounding areas. She is well known and much appreciated. Dr. Pope is known for moving her schools to a much higher level than she found them. She loves children and believes that all children can learn and should have the opportunity to do so. She does whatever is necessary to make that happen. I am so proud of Dr. Pope for she has made a difference in the lives of many. Thank you!

Edna Carter Posted over a year ago

Kesia is an inspiration to all. Although Kesia's profession is Education, Kesia is a life coach. She inspires and encourages the old as well as the young. God has truly smiled upon her life and given her special talents and gifts to help others realize their full potentials and make life changing decisions regardless of the hurdles and roadblocks of life.

Richard M. Brown Sr. Posted over a year ago

My name is Richard Brown Sr., I am a businessman of 37 years and a parent of a child that has served under Ms Kesia Pope.I am also a member of the Jackson State alumni where Ms Pope serve as our president. I am very proud to say that she is one of the most committed as well as hard working person I have ever met.when it comes to kids her dedication is unmatched.Ms Pope is deserving of any award that speaks to ones commitment to students as well as her community, she is a real God sent individual and we as a community truly love and respect her to no end.

Richard Maurice Brown Jr. Posted over a year ago

To whom it may concern, My name is Maurice Brown. I am a Hattiesburg High Alumni and currently and Senior student-athlete at Jackson State University. Dr. Pope’s contributions towards my academic performance in high school was totally amazing. Any guidance I needed for my college future and just my college readiness, she was always there for assistance. Dr. Pope cares about student success inside and outside of the classroom. She serves as a great leader and has made a huge impact in my education. Even while in college, Dr. Pope has been there for guidance anytime I reach out to her or have reached out to make a difference sometimes without being asked. Anytime Dr. Pope is present, the atmosphere just lightens up and everyone who is in the vicinity knows that we’re surrounded with positivity within Dr. Pope. She is the definition of a life changer and without her, some of the blessings that I have received throughout my educational career would not have been possible.

James Q Bacchus Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisha Pope exemplifies all of the leadership traits that are required to be a school leader in a rural school. The one that stands out the most for me is her relentless approach she takes in removing impediments that hinders student's success. In small and rural schools, exposure can eliminate students from forecasting their dreams. However, Dr. Pope never allows it to be a hindrance by her intentionally knowing each student's interest and insuring they are exposed to what it is and how it can become a reality through college tours, assisting students with applying for scholarships, and continously seeking fund raisers and scholarship offers.

Kenneth Upchurch Posted over a year ago

Educator; enthusiastic mentor of young people. Here is an individual that sets the example of excellence in her field of work each and every day, in every way and in every situation, and never talks things to death but gets to work on solving problems and helping people achieve their goals. She is deeply in love with educating young people and helping them become useful to others and themselves by hard productive and efficient work. A true mentor who is both cheerleader, counselor and co-worker with both those she teaches directly and those she works with and for in her chosen field of education. Just as a tidbit, I remember when she took the job of Principal at a much smaller school. I asked her why she did that, and she said, “ I felt I could help them achieve their goals and in doing so achieve my goals of being the best at my position with the talents and experience I have in Education.” I can’ t think of a better reason to do anything than that. If I were flipping nickels on the corner, I’d want to be the best and help somebody else learn how. Kesia Pope is a lot more than flipping nickels on a corner; she’s making a huge difference in the lives and futures of young people. That is noble and worthy.

La’Shae Smith Posted over a year ago

Outgoing, outspoken, believer & achiever...Dr. Pope willingness to go above & beyond the call for others is not something you find everyday. The love she exemplifies towards others is breath taking. Dr. Pope is definitely a lifechanger!!

Kimberly Kaufman Paola Posted over a year ago

As a former teacher, I have written myriad recommendations for deserving colleagues and students; however, I find it so difficult to put into words just how deserving Dr. Pope is of this honor. She is a force: of inspiration, of change, of motivation. I have seldom witnessed the passion and energy that Dr. Pope pours into her field. The impact she has had on students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other colleagues is immeasurable. Dr. Pope made me want to be a better teacher: yes, she is a LifeChanger.

William Ard Posted over a year ago

I've known Dr. Kesia Pope since I was a young child. We attended the same congregation in the church of Christ for years. Kesia stands out and has always been a leader. She's the perfect candidate for life changer of the year!

Jamesia Theodore Posted over a year ago

Dr Pope remains an extraordinary leader! No matter what the situation may be she will continue encourage you to conquer in a positive manner. We are all extremely appreciative of what she has taught us over the past as her instilled learnings continue to drift us through our future!

Ericia Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope no doubt is a life changer. She is active in her church and she volunteers in the community. Everyone that she meets never forgets the good deeds that she does or kind words that she give.

Dr. Shannon Smith Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful person who believes in every student! She is a life changer!!!

Minnie Vaughn Posted over a year ago

I am the supervisor of the M.G. Durham Federated Girls' club. She gave inspirational speech as well as showed off her talent at our annual Show Your Talent event. Ms. Pope gave one of our youth pointers before she gave her speech at nationals in North Carolina. She is always very willing to help out and encourage.

Liddia Jordan Posted over a year ago

A life changer is a person who gives unselfishly, who encourages those that have no vision for themselves when i think of life changer I see an educator, a person who inspires a person whose mission in life is to encourage . Kesia Pope encompasses all these traits and many more.

Laurinda D Brown-Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kee Pope is a LifeChanger. Why? The first time I met Dr. Pope was in a meeting where I didn't really want to be. I was tired and didn't know many of those in attendance. As a presenter, she walked to the front with not just a simple, "Good morning." She greeted us with charisma and warmth that were accompanied by wit. We were engaged. We are entertained. We are informed. For those brief two minutes, she embodied the definition of a true LifeChanger as she was able to change the energy of a room bringing smiles and plenty of laughter. Dr. Pope's accomplishments in the community have stretched far beyond the boundaries of MS, inspiring her students and others to bloom, even on a national level, where they are planted. Her influence has brightened the lives of many while her mission of excellence speaks volumes about her own endeavors. That day in a meeting where I didn't want be, Dr. Pope's enthusiasm for life changed my mood. My first impression of her was a lasting impression as it is for all that meet her, and this is why I feel she is truly a LIfeChanger.

Maine Fairley Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a genuinely caring person. She was very supportive in helping my son as he transitioned to a new school in which she was an administrator at the time. She also helped him after he graduated and was enrolling in college. I really am grateful for all of the help and advise she provided to us. She is indeed a lifechanger!

LaTae Bass Posted over a year ago

Personally, I believe that my principal, Dr. Pope, should win Life Changer of the year because she always encourages us to do better and push harder. Where there is a struggle, she helps us through it and she is an excellent educator. Here at Bay Springs High School she plays the various roles of principal, teacher, assistant, etc. Her most common saying, "No one rises to low expectations!" gives most students the encouragement we need to push through the obstacles and reach for the stars. All in all, what I stated previously are only some of the reasons Dr. Pope should win Life Changer.

Alexia Holliday Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an exellent principal here at Bay Springs High School. She sets high expectations for all students. Dr. Pope encourges us to strive for greatness. Dr. Pope always has a positive attitude and lively personailty. She is very productive, motivational, and inspirational. Dr. Pope is a person I look up to because she is a prime example of a good leader. She wants us to achieve our goals because, "No one rises to low expectations!" SHE IS A LIFECHANGER!

Queneisha Bender Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a outstanding person. Since I've been at Bay Springs High School, she has shown me why education is so important and why I should try to achieve all the goals I want in life. You could say that she is our motivator. Dr. Pope has made our school a great and a wonderful learning environment for us. Education plays an important role in her life. As she always says, "Smell That Diploma Aroma And Follow Your Nose." With Dr. Pope as our principal I am determined that we all will follow her quote. So, vote Dr. Pope as LifeChanger !

Markia Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has changed many lives at BSHS. Dr.Pope is a woman who cares and she pushes us to do what is right. Dr. Pope has spoken to me many times about things I thought were right but really were wrong. Dr. Pope is a woman that I can go to and talk about things and nobody will know because she not going to tell it. Dr. Pope is not like others. She knows when it's time to play and when it's time to get down and work. I, myself, go to Dr. Pope and talk about anything because I know she will tell me right from wrong. Dr. Pope is one of the best principals we have had at BSHS because she knows how to talk to us as a principal. Dr. Pope is a very happy woman. So if you ask me, YES! DR. POPE IS A LIFE CHANGER!!!

Tamara Chapman Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, one of the best principals a school could ever ask for, deserves that number one spot! If I had one word to describe her, I would call her inspirational. She is a hardworking woman who appreciates all hard workers. She encourages us students to read, come to school, and study everyday. Every morning, Dr. Pope gives a motivational speech on the intercom. I love my principal because I feel that she encourages me to work non-stop until I reach OUR goal. I said our goal because my goal is to walk out with a diploma and her goal is to watch me leave the school with a diploma in my hand. I am highly thankful for my principal. She has a great heart and mind. I feel as if I can trust her with everything I give to her. If I need help in a certain subject, I know I can just get help from my thoughtful principal. Dr. Pope is respectful and she never goes back on her word. If we pass tests, then Dr.Pope rewards us with trips. If we gain money, she will use it for the benefit of our school. Dr. Pope is helpful, caring, and uplifting. She never comes to school with a frown on her face and that shows me that she sees purpose in this school. When she sees that change is needed to benefit, she will change it right then and there. She cares for students who attend Bay Springs High. She speaks knowledge and reminders everyday on the intercom. I am proud that Dr. Pope is my principal! "Smell the aroma or your diloma and follow your nose!" - an inspirational quote by the one and only, Dr. Pope!

Tyliyah Keyes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope should win the life changer contest because she is a great woman and she cares about every student in our school. She has encouraged me to do well in school and reminded that we are not going to pass if we don't study. In middle school I didn't see myself doing anything in life, but now I see myself doing big things in life. Dr. Pope has made our school a better school. Every student should be passing. She also helps me when I struggle. She has encouraged me to do better and go home and study every night. She just wants the best for us. She has high expectations and wants all of her student to strive for higher education.

Nicole Campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope should be the Life Changer of the year because she's the best principal I've had so far. I say the best because she encourages us to do better than what we've been doing. She wants us to make sure we read everyday even when were not in school. She gives us motivating words and she's the type of principal that takes time out to hear your concerns. Most principals usually say "I'll get back with you." or even say "I'm a little busy right now." But Dr. Pope takes time out of her busy schedule and listens. Another reason why I think she should be the Life Changer of the year is that she's a woman I admire besides my mother. She's determined and grateful. Dr. Pope is one of my motivational forces.

Frankie Lee Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is motivated and has a positive attitude. She loves her profession and children. Dr. Pope.is creative energetic smart an classy. Dr.Pope is definitely a LifeChanger!

Chassade Young Posted over a year ago

Dr pope is a great person all the way around. Since I met her she has a very good spirit and always happy. I look up to her she motivates me every time I see her. She is a life changer!!

Robert L. Miller II Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman who believes that every person has a purpose in the world and that we should all succeed in life. She has a smile that can brighten a person's day now matter what you are going through. Every since I have known Dr. Pope she has always been willing to lend a helping hand for the betterment of others... She is definitely a lifechanger...

Trevonte Peterson Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is an amazing woman who believes in striving for excellence! She pushes all those she comes in contact with to not settle for the standard but to always strive to be the best! She has also instilled these same qualities in her son, my best friend. She is a LifeChanger!

Neil Green Posted over a year ago

What can I say about Dr. Pope? She absolutely changed my life in so many ways and for the better. See this time last year I was sitting in an office chair working at a collections agency allowing my potential go to waste at a dead end job. Everything changed when I met Dr. Pope. She gave me the opportunity to change careers and took a chance on somebody she barely knew. I can say that because of Dr. Pope I am finally reaching the potential that all my professor's and my parents knew I could achieve. Thank you, Dr. Pope for changing my life and allowing me the opportunity to do what you do each and every day for others who truly deserve it.

Sheila Weathersby Burbridge Posted over a year ago

I am so proud of Dr. Kee Pope...what a wonderful person and awesome educator. Her story began with me when she was in high school. She was an excellent student then, working to be the best and inspiring others to be their best...and she continues with that same aspiration and inspiration today. She is serving her purpose that God laid for her. Continue to live your dash and your purpose Keisa. You are definitely a LifeChanger and I am very proud of you!

Ben Justice Posted over a year ago

My name is Ben Justice and I've had the privilege of working with Dr. Pope at two different high schools. I think the words to describe her are professional and determined. Putting those two qualities together can make a great principal. And that she is. Always on point with any topic or discussion you want to talk about. Always professional about what we are doing as teachers and staff. I believe in the public school system and she know how to run a school. Grades and attitudes are at a high here at Bay Springs. Always striving for the students to do better. On an athletic standpoint she is very helpful with everything we try to do. Life changer, she most definitely is in the short time that I've known her.

Tony Vance Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was always very supportive of my program and efforts to instill values in my players. She even encouraged her son to buy into our program. He did and kicked for us for 4 years. As an administrator, Dr. Pope always held her teachers to high standards and held her assigned students accountable for their actions. My time working with Dr. Pope was a pleasure.

Larry Edward Duncan Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is not your ordinary educator. From the first day she stepped onto the campus of Hattiesburg High School, she had made producing life long learners her mission. She has always been a student advocate. She was more than just a teacher to her students. She educates the entire child. As a Biology student, she took learning to the optimal level! She made sure that we not only learned the material, but that the information that was give was applicable in becoming life long learners. Dr. Pope has changed not on the style of education, but her student's view on learning.

Nineka white Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very good person and her personality is outstanding. She is very motivational when it comes down to the students at Bay Springs High School. She is what you call a bold leader. She very concerned about what type of decisions that we a make in life. She is hard on us because she wants us to be college and career ready so that we won't to have to be stuck wondering how to do things. When it's time for us to throw up our caps and gowns, she wants us to be empowered young adults. She gives us very strong, powerful words that make us want to push yourself to be better in life. Dr. Pope has an encouraging mindset when it comes down to the students. She wants us to strive for success. As Dr. Pope says, "Smell that diploma aroma and follow your nose."

Taylor Thornton Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is an amazing principal. Dr.Pope is very energetic when it comes to learning. Her energy gives us, her students, the energy we need for learning at school everyday. She encourages us to do our best at all times for anything to show who we are. She encourages us to learn more every day of the week. She encourages us to set our standards high and to achieve them.

Joycelyn McCray Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is one of the greatest principals I've ever had. She always strives for her students to do their best in their education and she also wants them to succeed in life with their career goals. Everyday she encourages us in our morning and evening announcements at school. Education is always first with Dr. Pope. She's the very reason why our school is back to a B rating at Bay Springs High School. She always comes to school with a smile on her face. You never really see that with a lot of people, but once you meet Dr.Pope, you'll always see a smile on her face. She's also very fun to be around. She always plans educational field trips for the kids at our school which have included; the wildlife aquarium in New Orleans, the Martin Luther King Jr. museum tour in Tennessee, and also the viewing of Meager Evers house in Jackson, Ms. I honestly think that Dr. Pope really deserves this award because she is a TRUE life changer to me.

Destiny Ross Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very inspiring woman. She believes everyone holds a purpose in life. She motivates us to graduate, go to college, and just succeed in life. She does everything in her will for children to gain the best education and have high expectations for themselves . She wants whats best for us; she wants us to strive and be the best. She's a very positive lady, gives excellent speeches, and she's also very intelligent. As a student of Bay Springs High School, where Kesia Pope is the principal, I believe she is a LifeChanger!

Jean Payton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is very intelligent and influential. There's nothing she can not do, especially when she set her mind to it. She always motivates my peers, myself and others in realizing that we have power over our future if we simply just put our minds to it. She has motivated me in more ways than one. She hates average and always pushes me and others to do our best in attitude and academics. Dr. Pope up lifted Bay Springs High School from a c rating to a b rating. That alone says a ton about her personality and what she has to offer to the world. She sacrifices a lot for the well-being of her students and staff. This is why Dr. Pope deserves the life changer of the year award.

Lexus Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my principal, is one of the most uplifting people I know. Dr. Pope encourages her students and staff to rise to high expectations. My principal always speak to her students and checks up on them. Because she pushes all of us to commit to college and to better ourselves, she is a life changer to me. Like she always says, "No one rises to low expectations."

Jaquan Mccullum Posted over a year ago

My principle, Dr.Pope she is a lady with lots of courage and a will to work hard. She encourages her students to achieve the best that they possibly can do. She has made our school a better place and inspires me to work hard. Dr.Pope is a god fearing lady and shows it relentlessly to her students. If she wins this award it think it would mean the world to her. So, please vote Dr.Pope as Life Changer of the Year.

Jamara Gray Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman who can relate to some of the things I've been experiencing. She is such a great friend and principal. She was there when I was lost and couldn't find the momentum to come to school anymore. Last year, she pushed me to come to school as she interacted with me on a daily basis. We made a bond with each other and I always come to her when I feel lost and confused. She's a great person to talk to about personal matters. She listens and doesn't judge. When we are running low on teachers, she is always in the classrooms teaching. So with that being said, Dr. Pope should be awarded the Life Changer award because - all around - she is a good person, principal and friend. She is a woman who's about success, and she shows us that by pushing and awarding students who score well on ACT and on state tests. I truly believe that I'm going to be successful with her help. She's a true definition of someone who we can look up to as an example.

Quadarius Horne Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for almost two years but it seems like many more. Dr. Pope is a wonderful educator who loves working with her staff, parents, and students to better our education. She has put Bay Springs High School back in the spotlight with her hard work and dedication. She encourages us to do better each and every day. As we know, she led the charge and got everyone excited to bring Bay Springs High School to a "B" rating school the first year. Dr.Pope's attitude towards excellence is one of the reasons I would like to become an educator one day. Dr. Pope deserves this life changer spot more than we can imagine.

Tiara Hamilton Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is an outstanding principal who sees potential in all her students. She encourages us to want to do better in school and we look up to her. Dr. Pope has been a big help to Bay Springs High School. Our school rating was a C, but now it is a B. So I think Dr. Kesia Pope most definitely deserves this Life Changer Award because she not only helps us academically, but emotionally as well. She is the definition of a Life Changer. Congratulations and good luck, Dr.Pope. You got this!

Jurnee Gavin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the greatest people I have ever met. She encourages us to do better with all of our work that our teachers give us. She is never down, but always happy. She has great spirit than any other person I have ever seen. Dr. Pope is just my life changer and she is a wonderful person. For the last two years I have been here, Dr. Pope hasn't given up on us even if we do things we shouldn't do. Now that she has been here, we improved to a B school, and I'm very proud of that because she encourage us to do better. You may think she is tough, but the only thing she really wants from us is to make it and graduate from school. I think if it wasn't for her encouragement, her spirit, her quotes, and her speeches, things would be different. I'm happy that she motivates us everyday. I'm glad she helps boost our confidence knowing that we can do it. I'm happy that she was nominated for life changer of the year because of the good things happening at Bay Springs High School. From the bottom of my heart, I just hope Dr. Pope gets this (life changer of the year). GOOD LUCK!!!!

Maurice Nixon Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is amazing. She has changed the whole out look of our school. She brings more than the best out of every student she meets and teaches. The spark she brings makes students want to strive for more and motivates us to want to go to college. She brings ideas for students to express themselves outside of the classroom as well. She brings so much that words can't tell. She is an outstanding prlncipal, motivator and LifeChanger.

Mya McLaurin Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a very creative principal. She makes our world as students brighter. She always has a huge smile on her face. She gives us the courage we need as students to move ahead in life. She stays on us about getting to class on time, improving our academics, and becoming better individuals and young adults. She doesn't often realize this but we as students see this and realize all the things she does for us. I am now a 10th grader, and when I first started high school, I thought it was going to be a scary journey. As I proceed, I realize that it's not all that scary and Dr.Pope helps me with this. She truly cares about us and not just herself. She sees so much in us that sometimes we don't even see in ourselves. She is awesome, not good, not okay, but awesome at all she does. Words can't describe how much I honor the things she does for us. It's the smallest things she does that count and really matter. They become a big factor in my life and in the students' lives. I couldn't ask for a better principal than Dr. Kesia Pope.

Mikia Fowler Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman who believes that every person has a purpose in the world and that we should all succeed in life. I have been a student under her supervision for three years and Dr. Pope has done nothing but improve our stance as a high school. Dr. Pope has put a strong hold on discipline; she makes sure that every student and staff member have mutual respect for one another. Dr. Pope wants nothing but the best for every child that attends Bay Springs High School; she gives her all to ensure that we want the same for ourselves. Dr. Pope is supportive and caring. She is a Life Changer.

Daylan Wilson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has been my principal now for about 2 years. Over the years, she has motivated everyone who has been a student of BSHS to "Strive for greatness." Dr. Pope is constantly reminding us that we should "Smell the Auroma of our Diploma" and "Follow Our Nose." Dr. Pope is truly one of the best principals I've ever had and I feel that she deserves this award without a doubt!

Robert Millsap Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope always tries to persuade us to do better in the classroom and makes sure that we have everything that we will need in class. The first time that I met Dr.Pope, she made sure that I was doing well in class and asked me did I understand all the things we were learning. She made sure that we all were in class and always reminds us to read our library book. That is why Dr. Pope has been a life changer for me.

Jean Wheaton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman who sees success in all students.She has given Bay Springs High School the one thing ours school needed,a successful school academically. I have seen so much progress since her presence graced the campus. Dr. Pope sees only success in students, and that is what the students at Bay Springs High School thrives for. Dr. Pope deserve this prestigious award because she has definitely been a Life Changer not only for the children at Bay Springs High School but the parents and community as well. Congratulations and Good luck Dr. Pope!!!

Brandi Ousby Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is indeed a LifeChanger! Her enthusiasm is contagious wherever she is. During her tenure at Hattiesburg High School, she encouraged students as well as educators to “Strive for Excellence”in everything. Not only did she encourage, but she also modeled the same attitude of excellence. She is one of the reasons that I chose to follow in her footsteps of Educational Leadership. Dr. Pope walks the walk and talks the talk of true leadership. She is more than deserving.

Mr. & Mrs. Frankie Beamon Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Dr. Keshia Pope for being selected for the Life Changer award. When parents entrust the lives of their children in the hands of educators, they hope they are ones who have a genuine love for children and strive to push their children to their highest potential. We found that in Dr. Pope when our son was in high school. Parents are the first educators of their child/children and principals, teachers, and coaches build on their strengths that have already been developed; but often times educators must go a lot further because the child did not get a strong foundation or a head start. Dr. Pope recognizes that children come from every background and to make a difference in the life of a child their must be a commitment to foster that's child growth. Dr. Pope believes every child has the potential to be great and to succeed and she shares that vision with her staff and students. Commit to "Commencement, College, and Career". Daniel Beamon currently studying Civil Engineering at Mississippi State University. A product of Dr. Pope, life changer and the staff at Bay Springs High School.

Cynthia Perez Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great principal. I've known her only a little time since I transferred to Bay Springs High School this year, but within that short while, she's been a very inspiring person. She has her own unique way of sharing with us and giving us feedback. Dr. Pope is one single factor that I see that motivates and shakes us all to reach for the top! We know that the goal is for us to do our BEST and not to give up as she always reminds us that we're capable of what we believe. Always on her role, she keeps the positive messages coming. Never just let yourself fall. There's always something to do. Stay positive. These are her words of advice for us to follow.

Lauran Page Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding principal and, coincidentally, a life changer. Her versatility and motivational tactics are positively impacting each student's life and overall learning experience. She has successfully taught every student attending Bay Springs High School that their education matters. She relentlessly promotes the importance of reading and learning. Her slogans ,such as "No one rises to low expectations!" and "Commit to Commencement," have been embedded into our minds. She pushes us further towards accomplishing our goals to graduate high school and exceed expectations. Her presence has been greatly appreciated since she became a member of the Bay Springs High School family.

Sandreka Campbell Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope has changed our lives academically and physically ever since she was given the position at Bay Springs High School. She has shown us that reading is fundamental in many ways and she has shown us that failure is never an option. Dr. Pope is not only our principal, but she is like a parent to us. But the best thing about her is that she only sees success in each and every student. When Dr.Pope first arrived at Bay Springs High School, our school rating was a "C", but now our school rating is a "B." She has also made time in the daily schedule to put a Read, Write, Rhythm in our academic plan. The Read, Write, Rhythm class allows each student to get college ready. She has also encouraged each student to read two books per nine weeks.

Chelsie Carr Posted over a year ago

Ever since our principal Dr. Pope came to Bay Springs High School, she has always inspired us to read, stay focused in class, and to smell the aroma of our diploma. I greatly appreciate what she does for the students at Bay Springs High School. The trips that she's allowed us to go on has affected me in a good way. I learned a lot from the museums we've visited, and from the time that Beta Club went to Medgar Evers' house. I really enjoyed my time being there and learned more about Medgar Evers and his family. I wouldn't have gotten that opportunity to experience that if it wasn't for Dr. Pope allowing us to go on the trip. She has helped our school improve to a B rated school and she is pushing for us to move up to an A rated school. I have heard some of my teachers talk about how Dr. Pope pushes them to be great teachers and to treat us how they would want their kids and family members to be treated. Teachers are strict on her rule for us to always read and prevent free time. She comes into classes and observes the teachers and the students to make sure that we are all doing what we are here to do. If she notices something more that we should be doing, she writes it down and makes sure that the teacher knows. She has recently started a jump start math class during read write rhythm for the juniors who will be taking the ACT soon and it's very beneficial to us. Dr. Pope also has us coming to school on Saturdays to attend our jump start math class from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a good amount of us attend the class consistently.

Jaliayh Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, the best principal ever, has been very influential in my years of high school. She`s very actice from sports to academics and much more. She always wants us to do our very best and she pushes us everyday. She once asked us why should the sky be our limit when there is much more beyond the sky. She always makes sure we are on time for class and getting the propper education we need. She doesn't want us to be lagging or doing any less than our best. Dr. Pope wants us to give our all, not tomorrow, but today. She`s taught me that I can be the best that I can be if I put my mind to it and focus. She arranges a lot of fun things around the campus such as black history programs and proficentcy plus trips. Students who score proficient or above on the state test are rewarded. Sometimes when I slack on things, she always talks to me about the things I have going for myself. Everyone knows that we should have our school work done before trying to play sports. I love Dr.Pope. She`s really a very outgoing and intelligent person. As she always says, "Commit to commencment, college and career."

caitlin gregory Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my principal, has been the best principal in the years that I have been in high school. As a junior, I have never really been into trying my best but when I hear Dr. Pope give inspiring speeches, it makes me want to try harder. She does everything she can to make us the best and she tries to help in any way possible. She is an excellent woman who always puts education first. Dr. Pope always says the quote,"No one rises to low expectations!" and it helps me strive harder daily.

Mary Payton Posted over a year ago

In the last seven months I have been thoroughly impressed with Dr. Pope. She truly has a heart for her job and gives more than a hundred percent to everything she does. I would like to use the letters of her last name to describe some of her attributes. “P” is for how PASSIONATE she is about the importance of a great education for our students. “O” is how OPTIMISTIC she is in expecting the best of her students and is very affirmative as she speaks to the student s each morning and afternoon. “P” is how PURPOSEFUL she is in directing our students to his/her goals of “Commit to Commencement, College and Career”. “E” is how ENTHUSIASTIC she is showing great excitement and interest for all of our students. She comes to work each day determined that each student will have the opportunity to be successful. I feel blessed to work with such a lady as Dr. Pope.

Demarcus Denham Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my current principal, is a strong, educated and beautiful woman. She is definitely a life changer for us. Since my ninth grade year, the students of Bay Springs High School have flourished and improved for the better. She pushes us to set no limits on our learning and to be college and career ready. She knows our future is important to our generation as we are potential presidents, doctors, policemen, handymen, teachers, entertainers, athletes, etc. She is a role model for us to look up to as she has overcome challenges, achieved higher education and radiates positive vibes over the entire school. She knows when to let loose and when to have fun, but when it comes down to her job, she is serious. She has a slogan that's stuck in all of our heads which is "Commit to commencement, college, and career. Can you smell the aroma of your diploma?" I feel blessed to have her as my principal now. I look forward to my senior year because I know Dr. Pope is going to push me to do my best and not settle for less.

Tre' Mays Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an inspiring woman, teacher and leader to our school. She inspires the students every single day with quotes to help us with our daily struggles and lessons. She exercises her authority, but she follows the rules with love. Overall, Dr. Kesia Pope is a compassionate leader. She has dramatically brought out the best in Bay Springs High School since day one.

Kymbriuna Ross Posted over a year ago

Every since I've entered Bay Springs High School, our principal, Dr.Pope, has encouraged us students to strive to do better. She's one the most outgoing and inspirational principal's I've ever had. She's doing a great job with the different techniques she has come up with. Every parade we have, she makes it her responsibility to make her presence known.

Dallen Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a great provider of knowledge. She loves for us to read and increase our never ending vocabulary. She also loves to interact with her students. Each day, she pulls students to the side during class switches or comes up to us during lunch and engages with a simple conversation. Dr. Pope does an outstanding job of pushing us to our maximum potential. Since I was a freshman, a now junior, she has pushed me to score proficient on my Algebra I, Biology I, English II, and U.S. History state tests.

Rondaisha Henry Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the most inspirational people I know; she is one who believes that executing proficiency is key to a successful learning journey. She is one who believes that failure is not an option, and endurance brings great success once one puts their mind to the task at hand. Dr. Pope has been my principal ever since the beginning of my freshman year, and she has done everything in her power to make sure that everyone is motivated to do their absolute best educational wise and to also uphold an outstanding reputation for being a positive and educated being in everyday society. She has done such and excellent job as a principal at our school that our school now has a B rating, which is such an honor for me to say about Bay Springs High School. Dr.Pope is an idol in which I am so proud to call my principal. She is a life changer.

Kezia Herring Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my current high school principal, is truly the definition of a phenomenal woman. Because of her time and effort, our school has flourished. Her passion for the education system exudes everyday that she drives all the way from Hattiesburg to Bay Springs. She consistently enforces the idea that "reading is fundamental." This statement has certainly been proven through our increased rating. Within the span of three years, we have moved from a C rated school to almost being an A rated school. Again, Dr. Kesia Pope is truly an inspirational leader that we can all look up to.

Shamyra Keyes Posted over a year ago

This has been my third year with my principal, Dr.Pope. She has been one of the most inspirational principals I have known. She motivates our school to do our best at all times. Dr. Pope has done an outstanding job by pushing us to become a B rated school. She's a great influence to our younger adolescents. Everyday she reminds us that reading is fundamental. Dr.Pope has really made a tremendous impact on me and Bay Spring High School.

Tyren Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an excellent principal. This is my third year knowing Dr. Pope and she has made an big impact on my life. She has done an outstanding job on pushing us to bring the school to a B rating. She has been one of the most inspirational principals I have had my whole life. She deserves anything good that is heading her way!

Jamario Evans Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great leader. She tries everything in her will to help our school. She makes sure everything is alright. The things she does for us are priceless. Dr. Pope is everything I want in a leader. She is nice, kind and generous. We are lucky to have her as a principal. It's not many women like her in schools today.

Tiffany Reynolds Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing person. I had the pleasure to work with her for several years at Hattiesburg High School. With her kindness, professionalism and dedication Dr. Pope is one who is truly committed to students and their families. Dr. Pope led a host of engaging Professional Development sessions during her tenure at Hattiesburg High School. Her ability to captivate and engage her audience is to be commended. Losing her was definitely bittersweet for HHS; and she is sure to be an asset in all of her future endeavours.

Maria Winters Posted over a year ago

February 7, 2018 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Re: Kesia Pope, PhD LifeChanger Nomination I have known Dr. Kesia Pope for over 10 years. I first met her when she was a colleague teaching Biology in a Title I school (I taught English/Reading). As an educator, she was simply dynamic. The classroom’s physical environment was always very inviting, where Dr. Pope always had a classroom theme. Her teaching style included many different strategies to engage learners. She would work after hours and showed tremendous commitment to her profession. She always maintained a professional demeanor; never did I see her engage in any non-professional conduct in her capacity as a teacher. As an assistant principal, she became a strong instructional leader at our site, conducting after school professional learning activities and staff development. She always engaged teachers and modeled effective strategies in her sessions. As a veteran teacher of over 20 years, I found her sessions to further my professional growth as a teacher, and I was happy to see her in that role to build teacher capacity in our district. Additionally, her evaluations and classroom visits helped me to grow. Both as a classroom teacher and administrator, Dr. Pope also was very involved in providing students with the opportunities to visit universities and to go on fieldtrips to expand their horizons, with children of poverty this outreach is especially important and noteworthy. Additionally, she was a strong advocate (and example) of the importance of parent involvement. She was highly instrumental in seeing that those students who failed the state exit exams got continued support in order to pass those exams in subsequent testing sessions. One of her most redeeming qualities is her GENUINE positivism. Furthermore, her persistence in continuing her education and expanding her horizons is notable. She has national board certification and advanced degrees and has attended numerous conferences and workshops. She has encouraged other educators to continue in their education/certification endeavors as well. She is now a principal, where she continues to demonstrate instructional leadership and community outreach. Without a doubt, I see Dr. Kesia Pope as a positive change agent in the field of education, community involvement, and promotion of African American culture. I have witnessed firsthand her involvement in student life, instructional leadership for educators, and commitment to parents and the local community that she serves. Sincerely, Maria Elena Winters, NBPTS, M.Ed English/Reading Teacher (Retired 2017)

Celeta Trotter Posted over a year ago

There is so much to say about Dr. Kesia Pope. I worked with Dr. Pope for approximately five years where she served as my assistant principal. It was evident that she was much more that just a principal upon my first meeting with her. She was a mentor, a teacher advocate, a community partner, an inspiration to the student body, and an excellent instructional leader. Dr. Pope was an administrator that gave meaningful feedback that assisted me and other teachers to truly see growth in our own practices. I can remember going to faculty meetings to find out that she was leading the presentation; this immediately brought about excitement for me and others because we knew we would LEARN that day. She is a life changer, changing lives and education to to reach its full potential.

Willie McLaurin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a woman of great character, dignity and moral beliefs. She demands high expectations no matter if you're a teacher, student or a custodian worker. Dr. Pope has definitely been a life changer here at Bay Springs High School.

Jairus Wheaton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very important person and I wouldn't want anyone else as a principal. Her hard work and dedication have carried her far. For example, she encouraged students to work hard to move our school rating from a level C to a level B which is a huge improvement. She is cool and confident. Besides being my principal, Dr. Pope is an "AWESOME" person who joins willingly in school activities. She also helped me during times when I was emotional and bullied. So, my respect for her is tremendous and that's why she deserves the life changer award.

River Pinson Posted over a year ago

Being a student at Bay Springs High School with Dr. Pope's educational guidance, she has taught us students to be very intelligent and she challenges us to meet our goals. Dr. Pope has been the best principal to guide our school to the advancement level on the State and ACT test. Ever since she has been principal, I believe, that she is a very intelligent and successful woman. Dr. Pope is a Life Changer and a big help with my academic progress. I have experienced very much academic progress being here with the best principal in the world and I wish Dr. Pope congratulations on the nomination.

Ty'Kira Payton Posted over a year ago

As a student at Bay Springs High School, under the guidance of Dr. Pope, I have learned many new things. Dr. Pope has made a system for students so we can focus more on our reading. By doing this, she has helped me become smarter with my reading and vocabulary. Dr. Pope has always taught me to focus on succeeding, and not let others get in the way of my success. She has taught me to "Commit to Commencement, College, and Career." Through the years of having her at Bay Springs High School, Dr. Pope has encouraged me to focus on my studies, and become a better person. Dr. Pope is my life changer of the year.

Sara Wilson Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is my favorite principal i've had. She has motivated me and my fellow classmates to try their best no matter what. We have reading lockdown everyday which is needed here at BSHS to provide students with better reading skills and to help prepare for college. I hope to have her for my principal for my last couple of years at this school because she is a great leader.

Daniel Windham Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is my life changer. She changed my life and my path of education by motivating me to learn more and by helping out around the school in general. Ever since I changed schools, I have had better grades and I've had better discipline. She boosts our imagination by putting a reading system on the school where we lock down and read for 15-20 minutes before certain classes start. Alongside being an excellent principal, she is an excellent motivator. She really helps out with everything that involves students, teachers, and education.

D`vonte Myers Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has been my principal for three years. Since the first time I heard her speak, I knew then that she would leave an impact on my life and the lives of other students. She directs us each day to be and to do our best because at the end of our years, we will feel the diploma and touch the diploma as well as use the diploma for our benefit. She is the definition of black excellence and she continues to push us towards the mark of excellence through reading, studying and using our time wisely. She has what it takes to get the job done by pushing us students to make our school great. She is the perfect candidate for the life changer of the year award. May God bless you, my principal, Dr. Pope.

Khristopher Payton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very powerful and important figure in our daily school life. She is on top of many things and runs them very smoothly. She genuinely cares for all her students and staff members by showing that she wants the best for us. Since she has been an administrator at our school the school rating has changed from a "C" to "B". She is a true role model to any and everyone.

Nicholas Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my former teacher at Hattiesburg High (a loooonnng time ago) has always exemplified a unique teaching platform, which challenges our mind and motivates our learning capacities. Congratulations on your nomination, it’s well deserved!

Benton Holder Posted over a year ago

This has been my first year working for Dr. Pope, and It has been a joy to work for her. She is an excellent leader. What makes her a great leader is her consistency and her passion. She always puts the students and her staff first, and she provides them with the resources they need to be successful. I also like the fact that she provides me with positive and useful feedback after she does classroom evaluations. One tool she proposed to me earlier this year was the website Kahoot. The website has been a game changer in my classroom. I know that in my short time I have become a better teacher under her leadership.

Irene Williams-Jones Posted over a year ago

Over the more than 20-year period I have known Dr. Pope, I consider her the epitome of a well-rounded and dedicated educator. Her enthusiasm and love of lifelong learning is contagious. As Director of the Hattiesburg Public School District’s Family Education Center, I watched Dr. Pope gladly volunteer and accept the challenge and work tirelessly, on her own time, to prepare several despondent and previously unsuccessful students prepare for the State Biology test. With her commitment and dedication, the students were successful. Dr. Pope is an advocate for higher education and works to connect students with colleges and universities. Dr. Pope also recognizes the importance of Arts in student education. She encourages students to participate and display their talents in classes and community programs such as the Annual Jackson State University Black History Program. She personally helped my young cousin secure a band scholarship. Congratulations on selecting Dr. Pope for this honor. She is most deserving!

Laron Trigg Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Kesia Pope all her life. Dr. Pope has always been one who valued education. From high school to earning her PH.D. She has been great with students, from teaching to becoming Principal. Dr. Kesia Pope is one of the greatest educators, who deserves the LifeChanger of the year award.

Melonie Jenkins Posted over a year ago

I've known Dr. Kesia Pope for several years now. She has always been positive minded about many things, especially in education. I believe she has a knack for it. She has demonstrated her abilities throughout the years and has made a tremendous impact on students, teachers, parents and just about anyone else who played a part in education. But it doesn't stop there. She is very outgoing, versatile and extremely smart. Her positive influence has flooded into the community and pretty much everywhere she goes. Her family and friends fully support her efforts. Thank you, Dr. Pope for your courage, skills, and your motivation. May the God of heaven continue to bless you greatly in all your positive endeavors.

Roderick Payton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope sets a good example for the students at Bay Springs High School. She tells them that books come first. Dr. Pope reminds students to get ready for college and career and they are doing a good job according to the Seniors' scholarship offers posted on the wall. Dr. Pope is changing lives.

Gearldean Payton Posted over a year ago

That Kesia Pope is a spark plug. She does her best to guide the students towards success. As a grandparent, I appreciate the high academic expectations she and the teachers have for my granddaughter and all the students at Bay Springs High School. Dr. Pope is deserving of this life changer award.

Dr. Kristen Hosey Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is more than deserving of this honor and recognition. She has lived up to the title "Life Changer" by demonstrating effective leadership at BSHS. She takes the lead on numerous initiatives to enhance the academic culture at BSHS; such as initiating the reading initiative, proficiency plus pupils, good guys/good girls incentives, talent shows, college readiness (ACT)stipends, etc. It is not uncommon to find her substituting for teachers, sitting with students at break/lunch, picking up trash on campus or simply motivating both students and faculty. She has shown a commitment to excellence at BSHS. Dr. Pope has proven to be the change that we needed (from C-rated to B-rated) at BSHS. Congratulations on a job well done.

Eric Winfrey Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is worthy of the life changer of the year award. She is always on the move in the Bay Springs Bulldogs spirit. I helped her chaperone a group of students to Jackson State University High School Day and it was a lively experience. The students saw the options that were available and some of them started considering Jackson State. I like the energy and enthusiasm that is generated as the students are doing a good job and working hard to sculpt a lucrative future. Dr. Pope is making a difference. She is influencing students for the better.

Sommer Guerin Posted over a year ago

Life changer definitely describes Dr. Kesia Pope. She is a dynamic educator who works tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of her students. Prior to her current position, Kesia worked in Hattiesburg Schools. During her time there, she was considered an expert in biological sciences. In fact, many students credit Kesia with their success in the subject area testing program. Kesia’s innovative ideas and “out of the box” thinking have propelled her to the forefront of modern-day education. Unsurprisingly, she has experienced great success in Bay Springs, which is an indicator of her remarkable leadership skills. Kesia’s ability to be very personable and to form positive relationships with both her staff and students has resulted in great results for her school. Even with her commitment and dedication to her school and career, Kesia finds the time to volunteer in our community. In our sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, she coordinates activities that directly benefit those who are less fortunate. In addition, she she works diligently to address the economic concerns that are specific to our region. Dr. Kesia Pope is a great role model for young people and a change agent in the educational field and her community. Her vision, drive, and passion are remarkable and, oftentimes, unmatched. Therefore, she is most deserving of this recognition.

Eddie Jenkins Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Kesia Pope to be very innovative in presenting ideas and suggestions to meet the needs of the concerns at hand both mentally and physically. She is caring, encouraging and supportive to parents and others. She informs parents, teachers, students and the community of the importance of teamwork. She knows that while working together as a team, mutual goals can be met for the betterment of all involved. Dr. Pope is a true professional and a dynamic leader. She is ambitious (one of the best principals there is), creative, delightful, energetic and goes above and beyond the call of duty with all tasks. She has the patience of Job when it comes to working with and motivating students to achieve success in the classroom and with community projects. She is a great candidate to be considered for the LifeChanger of the Year Award!! Best wishes Kesia!

Teresa Pickens Posted over a year ago

It is truly a blessing to have a principal like Dr. Pope at Bay Springs High School. Dr. Pope has done so many things to take our children to the next level. She always make sure that the students know and believe that they can do anything if they put their minds to it. One of the things I love about Dr. Pope is how she stand firm on the reading every morning. Our school came from a level C to a level B. This is a great thing because we have a principal who stops at nothing to make sure the students are getting it. Dr. Pope is very committed to making our school and students rise to the top. Job well done Dr. Pope. Congratulations.

Dianne Moore Posted over a year ago

It has been a pleasure working very closely with Dr. Kesia Pope for the past three years as bookkeeper/secretary at Bay Springs High School. She always lets you know that she appreciates your hard work with words of thanks. Sometimes, just "thank you" goes a long way on a busy and hard day in a high school office. I am amazed at her ability to juggle all her responsibilities and to accomplish everything that needs to be done each day. Dr. Pope deserves the LifeChanger Award.

Ray Kimbrough Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very intelligent and outstanding individual. She promotes excellence and positive reinforcement. Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger!

Teneramie C Jiménez Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a world traveler who inspires young lives to reach for the stars. She has encouraged young people to travel abroad which enables them to learn from various cultures. In this multicultural society, it is important to focus on more than your own back ground. Dr. Pope is the epitome of changing lives for the better!

Ann King Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has been a wonderful principal for our school. She goes out of her way to encourage and push our students to do their best. She richly deserves the award of a LifeChanger.

Kelli Green Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope inspires students and teachers to be better and do better in school and in life. To say she gives encouragement would be an understatement. She helps to create a better and brighter future for our youth today. Dr. Pope’s guidance encourages students to fully realize their potential and fulfill their goals. We are truly blessed to have her at BSHS!

Peggy L. Scott Posted over a year ago

Words cannot begin to express how I this young lady has impacted the lives of thousands of students in the Pinebelt Community. I’ve known her for over 35 years and i knew there was something special about her. Her passion for success and progress in student exceeds all else....My granddaughter Came home one day to tell me, Granny Dr. Pope had to sub in my Algebra class today and i learn in one day from her more than what i learned the whole semester she said, Granny she is Awesome????...i truly admire this young Educator and I would Iove to see her nominated for this prestigious Award

sheliscia cater Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope came to Bay Springs High school my freshman year. Throughout this experience with her, I have learned to achieve and strive better. She always states, "No one rises to low expectations." Every time I feel like giving up, I think of that quote. I love that we practice on our ACT, because I know what I need to work on more which is English. LOCK DOWN and READ throughout the week helps me to read better and work on vocabulary more.

Myaira Ducksworth Posted over a year ago

My principal, Dr. Pope, is a motivator who promotes us to do our best everyday. She allows us to D.E.A.R. meaning drop everything and read. When we lock down, this is daily reading time: Monday, we read first block. Tuesday, we read in second block. When we are finished with all of our work, we lock down and read. No matter what, she pushes all of us to prove our proficiency and for us to strive on our ACT to improve from what we made before. I want to study more to improve.

Jakobe Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope, my principal, does her best at everything she does. She gives us motivational speeches every morning on how she wants us to be better as students and young adults. "Reading is fundamental" she says. Everyday of the week, we have to read for 15 minutes before class starts. She pushes us to the limit every single day, but I can say it is worth it.

Sandra McMillian Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Dr. Pope for being nominated as a Life Changer of the Year. We are appreciative for your commitment to Bulldog Nation.

Dr. Deitra Rena Davis Posted over a year ago

I worked with Dr. Pope for six years in a high setting. I saw her push students to thrive for excellence on a daily base. Dr. Pope demonstrates "what leadership is," she has always had a passion for education, in which she demonstrated as a classroom teacher; and now a school leader! She demands the best out of all students and staff. Personally, she is a role model to me, I am an aspiring school principal, and Dr. Pope is an educator/leader that I can aspire to be! She wears may hats (i.e., principal, mother, role model, community leader, etc.) and wears them well!

Pamela Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an exemplary leader and educator. She pushes her students to excel in school, life and planning for a successful career. She is the epitome of a positive role model and motivator. She exudes poise, passion, class and intelligence. She has been a wonderful asset to the Bay Springs High School campus. She pushes for academic excellence and has proven it in her own life by excelling in great achievements. She works tirelessly to make sure that the day to day tasks are accomplished and everything is set in order. We appreciate her diligence and drive.

Shanna Franklin Posted over a year ago

For the short time that I have known Ms. Pope she is a " helper". Whenever I'm around her she is always helping someone better themselves or giving something of hers away to further a cause. Even though I have only known Ms. Pope a little while she as inspired me to continue my education. She challenges me to be a better than I was the day before.

Eula Posey Posted over a year ago

Knowing Dr. Pope over the last 10 years has been a tremendous blessing. I have found her to be exceptional in every area she endeavors. She has been and continues to be an excellent roll model for leadership and professionalism.

Chasity Gandy Posted over a year ago

What can be said about dear Dr. Pope? She is a strong and resilient African American and that says enough. She shows courage and honor on a daily basis. She never backs down from a challenge and can always offer intelligent conversation. She is the sponsor of our school’s annual talent show; a place for my peers to express their talents. She is also a strong role model for our younger women in Bay Springs. She rules our school with an iron fist that no one dare challenges.

Tenisha Wheaton Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a wonderful principal. She helped influence our school to become a "B" from a "C". She has changed our school in numerous ways for the better.

Ladorrian Newell Posted over a year ago

I think that Dr. Pope is a good principal and a good teacher. She helps us by making sure we do well on our work to keep our grades up. I hope I can turn out to be just like Dr.Pope and encourage others to do their best. I hope she can keep doing a good job as our principal. I also hope she is like this for a long time because I am coming back to visit her when I get out of school. P.S. WE LOVE YOU Dr. Pope.

Zaria Louis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has influenced me to do better in school by telling me that reading is fundamental. When she told me that, I did do my reading and I received better grades on my tests. I made proficient on my Biology I and Algebra I state tests. She also told me that if I study more, it could expand my vocabulary. Everyday during morning announcements, she expresses,"Commit to Commencement, College, and Career." I love having her here at Bay Springs High School, and I couldn't ask for a better principal. She is changing lives at Bay Springs High.

Fredrick Mosley Posted over a year ago

It's an honor and a privilege to have Dr. Pope as a principal, mentor and a colleague. Her tutelage here at Bay Springs High School has boldly brought Bay Springs to a "B" rated school. Dr. Pope's motto is, "No One Rises To Low Expectations!" and she instills that attitude into the minds of faculty members and students. She expects and accepts nothing less than the high standards (as set by Common Core). Dr. Pope always and often shares knowledge of her classroom experiences with us teachers which pays dividends in the classroom. Without question Dr. Pope continues to be the driving force that keeps Bay Springs a "B" rated school and moving forward toward higher expectations and goals.

Dr. Annie Wimbish Posted over a year ago

As superintendent of Hattiesburg Public Schools, I immediately noticed this beautiful, poised, intellectual individual who stood out in the crowd of administrators. She had presence and demonstrated passion for helping others. In a district with more than 90% low income students, with 96% people of color, and often marginalized, Dr. Pope refused to give up on any and pushed many beyond what they thought they could do - staff and students. She believed in them, and because of that, they believed in themselves. Positive results followed. Dr. Pope was quick to volunteer, come in early, and work overtime to see that a job was complete. Not only was Dr. Pope an advocate for students and staff, she promoted community development and growth. At numerous events, she could be seen spearheading or supporting activities - fund drives, religious affairs, etc. Dr. Pope is a well-rounded individual who leaves people in her path the better for it. She is a Life Changer.

Ashanti Brown Posted over a year ago

I've only known Dr.Pope for about two years and in those two years she's become a big part of my life. She comes into classes and teaches when she could be in her office doing other things. She's inspiring the students of Bay Springs High School to become better, more educated versions of ourselves. Before she came, I wasn't reading as much as I am now. But now that she's here, reading has become one of my favorite hobbies. She notices the small details that are happening around campus. If I am having a bad day, it really changes my mood when she says, "Hey Ashanti!" or "How you doing Ms.Brown." Her kind gesture gives me the little attention that I need to carry on through my day. She's managed to lead the charge to raise our school's rating and we are running steady. I'm always waiting in the morning for that, "Commit to commencement, college, and career. Smell that diploma aroma." I know that's what keeps me going because that's what I'm aiming for in the end. Dr. Pope respects us as a young adults. She knows when it's time to have fun and when it is time to be serious. Kesia Pope is one of the most caring, smart, and inspirational women that I've met and I'm very happy to have her as my principal.

Marissa Bender Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing leader at Bay Springs High School. I am thankful to have Dr. Pope as my principal because she has high expectations for my classmates, schoolmates, teachers, and me. She never stops working because she believes there is never enough when it comes to our education. Dr. Pope has told me before to never stop and always keep going. She is inspirational to me by her words and by her works. Dr. Pope is an outstanding principal. I do not regret having her as a principal because Dr. Pope is ambitious, helpful, courteous, encouraging, and a extraordinary woman. Our school would not have improved as fast as it did from a "C" to a " B" rating without her . BSHS is reaching higher than ever and we are committing to college and career!

Donna Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an Awesome Life Changer in the lives of her students. I have had the pleasure to work under Dr. Pope's leadership at Bay Springs High School. She holds every student to high expectations. She is a strong leader who makes huge difference in the lives of her students. Appreciation, Respect, and Prestige matter a lot to her. She has been Leadership In Action. She has helped school leaders strengthen our school, empowered our teachers, and given every student a better chance to succeed in life. Dr. Pope is "Leadership In Action."

Jordan Scott Posted over a year ago

Each day that I walk through the halls of Bay Springs High, Dr. Pope has a positive attitude. Every day Dr. Pope encourages us students to excel in the classroom. In the morning, she says the memorable phrases to her students, "Smell the diploma aroma and follow your nose" and "No one rises to low expectations." Dr. Pope deserves this LifeChanger award because she is the definition of what a principal should be. Dr Pope is a LifeChanger because she gives her students the means to excel after high school!

Canesha Agee Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a great principle! She deserve anything that comes her way !

Kaitlyn Ellis Posted over a year ago

I'm a sophomore at Bay Springs High School and Dr. Pope is my principal. With only being here two years, she has inspired me in many ways. You can always remember her catching, enticing, encouraging, inspiring speeches and quotes. For example, "No one rises to love expectations!" " Commit to Commencement, College, and Career!" "Smell the aroma of your diploma and follow your nose!" She has always pushed us to be the best. Dr. Pope is an excellent principal and she is a life changer.

Cali Le Posted over a year ago

As a Sophomore, here at Bay Springs High School, I've experienced the miraculous productivity Dr. Pope has allowed this school, staff, and students to receive. Everyday, she will fill the hallways with so much inspiration, that we have no other choice to go along by it. Also, I have never seen a human being set a high standard for not only themselves, but for the learning environment. And in the end, it will be achieved due to her strong determination and actually pushing for it to be reached. She has deeply impacted the many lives in this small town to dig deep down inside and pull out the most. Indeed, Dr. Pope is a LifeChanger and deserves this award, and I can also say that plentiful others will support my claim.

Harley Fortenberry Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful woman who works hard to keep our school organized and moving functionally. She makes sure all of her students work to the best of their abilities and beyond. With intuitive classes set in place, like her Read, Write, Rhythm, that gives students a time to study and read as needed to keep them sharp. There is also a reading lock down set in place in which students spend twenty minutes a day reading. Dr. Pope is all about reading and how fundamental it is. Not only that but she also respects other things like the students who are interested in the arts or those who just dabble by letting the students hold a talent show that not only encourages students to show off their talents but to be confident in themselves. She cares for every student and how they are doing in their academic growth. With a sharp mind and a will you cannot bend, she keeps students, not only in line and out of trouble, but learning and growing everyday.

McKenna Cox Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an astonishing principal. She helps students better themselves. She pushes us to "Smell the aroma of your diploma and go get it!" I believe she pushes us more than we push ourselves. Dr. Pope is always enforcing us to work harder and because of that we have grown to a 'B' rating. Our hard work doesn't go unnoticed by her either. Every year she takes the 'Proficiency Plus Pupils' to Tennessee or wherever they choose. She is always there to greet you and ask you "How are you doing today?" She is always standing in the halls making sure we get to class on time. Overall, Dr. Pope is an amazing person and principal at Bay Springs High.

Zanyshuai Jones Posted over a year ago

Since Dr. Pope has been principal of Bay Springs High School, she has encouraged everyone to do their best. Our school has even gone from a "C" rating to a "B". As she continues to drill "Commit to commencement, college, and career" into our heads, we know that she has taken on this responsibility to make us better people and better students.

Mayunique Page Posted over a year ago

DR. Pope has been a great a edition to the students here at Bay Springs High School. She has MOLDED the minds of the young to strive towards their dreams. She has taught her students of Bay Springs High School to never give up on their goals in life. She is the definition of "Working Towards Excellence" in her years here at Bay Springs High School. Dr. Pope would be the perfect pick for the LIFE CHANGER AWARD .

Shailondra Keyes Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very adventurous principal. She always pushes her students to do their best. She never stops trying no matter the situation. She has brought our school up to a “B” rating and is still trying to improve things. She assures us that she is here for the long run, and that she loves the work she does here. She comes a long way every morning just to be here for her students. You can tell that she is very educated, and well spoken.

Tya Mays Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for almost two years. I transferred to Bay Springs High School after hearing about the great job she was doing at the school. This strong woman will always follow the rules. She inspires a lot of students to do better because of her dynamic leadership example.

Jemye Heath Posted over a year ago

As Kesia's elementary principal, I saw a little studious girl who made the Honor Roll every 6 or 9 weeks. She ha lots of compassion for her peers and tried to help them with assignments and various projects. I knew she was going to the top ans she did. I am so proud of her achievements She is now Dr. Kesia Pope, Ph D. a principal and outstanding educational leader. .

Candace Wyatt Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is an phenomenal woman. I remember struggling in high school with biology, and she came to the rescue. She tutored me and taught the information where I could understand it. She is amazing, kind and always willing to help others.

Jada McNair Posted over a year ago

I have not known Dr. Pope for a long time but in that time she has supported my goals in life and has encouraged me to never stop reaching for my goal and to always believe in myself. She is a great role-model and I believe she has only just started make a difference in my life and others around her.

Marlena McNair Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the prefect example of Class and Sophistication.

Carl R. Boyd Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is a true inspiration (by demonstration) to educators well beyond the state of Mississippi. Inasmuch as students learn more by example than by instruction, I am convinced that students' improvement, while in her charge, have as great a need to earn her approval as they have for personal accomplishments. One of the ways I can, personally, attest to her "reach" across America is through my including her in my own presentations when working with educators. I am Blessed to have worked on staff development with teachers and administrators in all, but three, of the United States. I have not presented in Rhode Island, Vermont or Hawaii. In our remaining 47 states, I have had more than a few opportunities - the most recent being in 2017 - to share with colleagues plaudits, re: my "four-H" Club. I tell them about the following high schools where I had positive encounters twenty years, and more, ago.. The first "H" is Hutchinson High in Hutchinson, Kansas. The second "H" references Hightower High in Houston, Texas. Next, I speak of Hillside in Durham, North Carolina. And, finally - but not, lastly - I proudly recount my visits to Hattiesburg High in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. One of the things that has stayed with me over the decades was the personality of the students. I am a firm believer in the observation that students' personalities tell us much about their schools' leadership. Hattiesburg students were positive, very willing to share their achievements and activities, and they respected the auditorium, as strange as that might suggest. In many venues, administrators spend moments to minutes "demanding" order and decorum when guests are present. There was something about the Hattiesburg auditorium that was inviting and stimulating. It was "a student thing" encouraged, obviously, by the adults in the building. Another trait that is being proven, ongoing, is Dr. Kesia Pope's consistency. Some of us may be fortunate enough to meet, and enjoy, a particular class of students who make us look good for "a season." Dr. Pope invokes her spirit into the climate, regardless of its prior state. If it is, already, good it gets better, without threatening the efficiency, or status, of those who were outstanding before her arrival. If the climate needs improvement, it is done without insulting those, now, motivated to improve. Finally, a personal note; prejudice admitted. I have been Blessed to meet Dr. Pope's family. From son, Khalil through his mom to grandparents, there is a living legacy of Spiritual togetherness. While there is joy that finds laughter, there is always conviction that speaks care. Their home is Ministry. Their example is unity. I feel singularly Blessed to have this opportunity to submit this woefully inadequate statement in behalf of - though I am much older - a true mentor. From one who began teaching on the south side of Chicago, Illinois in 1964, please accept these sincere remarks from a fan. Carl R. Boyd

Johnny milsap Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a great leader at our school. Not only does she lead the staff and encourages us to reach our full potential, she also demonstrates this to the students. I highly recommend her receive this prestigious award!

Jason Bender Posted over a year ago

What can I say about my principal, Dr. Kesia Pope? I believe in blessings from God, and I truly believe that Dr. Pope is a blessing. If you look up the words inspire and influence in the dictionary, there is a picture of the woman who has sparked hope and urgency in students' hearts and minds. Saying that Dr. Pope is a principal is an understatement. She is stunning and eloquent, but she is a fighter on the education battle field. Her constant effort to see each one of us succeed in every subject has skyrocketed our test scores. I used to think that I might fall short on my goals to graduate high school with honors and to go to college, but once I met this inspiring goddess (metaphorically speaking), my whole aspect of education and possibilities for my future changed. Dr. Pope makes arrangements for us to visit colleges and I have fallen in love with Jackson State University and Alcorn State University. So, I definitely am committed to commencement, college and career. This year, I have shadowed Judge Shoemaker several times, and I am better prepared because I know what to expect as I plan for college, apply to law school and eventually work in the judicial branch of government. Long story short, my principal is definitely passionate about us students becoming productive citizens of society. There's the confirmation that Dr. Kesia Pope is a life changer.

Justin Sherrod Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for about 5 years now and I can honestly say she is a true inspirational leader. She is the pure essence of a kind-hearted person willing to help anyone in their time of need. Her words of wisdom definitely gave me motivation and encouragement to continue to strive through the tough times in life. She supported me by driving miles away to attend a doctoral recital of mine and that meant so much to me just to have her there. That definitely reflects the character of her personality, one who backs up their words through action. Thanks for being a role model, it is greatly needed and appreciated!

Denika McLaurin Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a life-changer. She has shown that in her efforts to change Bay Springs High School from a "C " rating to a "B" rating.

Jerome Fowler Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is my principal at Bay Springs High School. I'm honored to have her as my principal as she really cares about the value of education that her students receive. Personally I think Dr.Pope is an amazing supporter who shares ideas and gives the best advice on taking successful steps in life. The days I attend school and walk down the hallways I see my principal, Dr.Pope, standing straight up tall with a huge smile on her face. Dr. Pope's radiant smile makes me feel welcomed and accepted. Dr.Pope is very intellectual and always advises me to expand my vocabulary and take on challenges that will lead to my success. Dr. Pope's number one way of helping me expand my vocabulary and knowledge is through reading! Thanks to Dr.Pope I now see the value of reading and the overall value of education. Dr.Pope is a life changer and she has helped and changed many lives. I appreciate the determination and courage that she executes to push my classmates and me to be the best. I thank her for all the support she has given to me and for the change that she has inspired in my life.

Jessie Pope Posted over a year ago

As Kesia's father, I noticed her yearning for learning and willingness to share knowledge early. It was impressive when she read 26 children's books, many authored by Dr. Seuss, as a five year old kindergarten student. It was ironic then that Kesia would read to my mother and turn the tables to become the teacher. During those reading sessions, Kesia would reverse the roles and begin to teach my mother, Grand, the alphabet. Kesia's role shift from student to teacher was more than child's play. It was an indication that Kesia would ultimately transform into Dr. Pope and teach countless others to know their possibilities, options and limitless potential. I watched my daughter begin her teaching career and she caught my attention when she contacted parents by phone at the beginning of each year just to introduce herself and to share that she was happy to be able to work with their child. Those details really matter to parents as they recognized Dr. Pope making proactive efforts to create a nurturing atmosphere. One of my coworkers, Mr. Atkins, once shared with me about how he received a welcome call when his son was in Dr. Pope's class and how much he appreciated her intentional effort to establish a connection. Dr. Pope is unconventional in many of her approaches. Kesia prioritizes physical fitness as she is a proven marathoner, but I was confused when she started bringing home bags of aluminum cans when she returned from long runs. Dr. Pope explained that she, faculty, staff and community members recycle aluminum cans to help purchase incentives for students. Of course, Daddy is delegated to cash in the cans. Our last haul brought in $100 and that money was deposited into the Bay Springs High School Proficiency Plus account to support the students travel. Dr. Pope is my daughter but she is simultaneously a multifaceted leader who builds relationships with students and parents, praises successes of students and faculty and prompts students to believe, achieve and succeed. Dr. Kesia Pope has put in the work to be named Life Changer of the Year!

Kendra Pope Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope is my sister and she has always been my personal cheerleader. From day one, she has been an inspirational force urging me to work hard and do my best. From my elementary school years through college experiences to professional tasks, she shares targeted advice and wisdom.  She is a "go getter" who is always working towards a goal.  Public speaking  is her forte' and she formulates her ideas to spark fire under others, including me.  When communicating with an audience, she stimulates her audience to think and to execute.  Her habit is to encourage others to put the plan in place, work the plan and then go the extra mile.  She has truly impacted my life, and I have witnessed her mold and motivate her son who is now a college student in Montgomery, AL. He takes after her as he is now speaking at events and emceeing  programs. Her son, also leads singing in church and works with youth groups. Kesia has always inspired students to be involved in school and community activities and to give their all to their studies.   I am proud of all she has accomplished as she has dedicated her career to students in her quest to enhance their quality of life!  My sister is a life changer!

Torre' Anderson Posted over a year ago

I don't have an opportunity often enough to heap praise and adoration on an inspirational friend that I have come to love and appreciate more and more everyday. So this is a perfect time to lay it on heavy. Professionally, she is Dr. Pope which is a lifetime accomplishment in and of itself. Although I don't see you in the school system everyday, I see results that you've directly and positively impacted, especially the social media pics between you and the students (they love you), the administrators, parents and the community. I have all the faith and confidence you will continue the good work that you've started at Bay Springs, and the students and community will be better for your leadership and actions. Personally, she is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a confidante, great listener, seasoned advisor, distinguished sorority member, provider, leader, servant, determined, inspiring, strong, full of vigor, full of grace, caring, and loving. When I examine these characteristics, I see Dr. Kesia Pope, who I affectionately call my sister and friend for all the ages. Good work is being done all over the country, but if anyone deserves the LifeChanger title this year, I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse Dr. Kesia Pope, as the 2018 LifeChanger of the Year.

Dr. Andrea L. Wesley Posted over a year ago

“… For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…..” (Luke 12:48, NKJV) I definitely feel that this scripture passage forms the guiding passion of Dr. Kesia Pope in each role that she accepts in her life. That passion to teach, to encourage, to invest in the lives of so many is activated without pressure from others, without selfishness, without looking to rewards, without counting the “pay back” possibilities – Kesia just GIVES !!! She has never asked, “Who me?” when another’s need was the only voice calling out to her, when a kind word was the only weapon against a child’s passage to discouragement, when a model of action was the only answer that could be given to a wrong – that is Dr. Kesia Pope. Having spent 38 years as a Professor in higher education, I have watched the actions and heard the conversations of so many students and parents who look for hope and encouragement in the academic, as well as the personal realms of their lives. I know that the promise and expectation of hope can heal so many wounds of defeat, of low self-esteem, of broken dreams of what blessings are really going to come in the tomorrows that follow each day of challenge. And I have watched Dr. Kesia Pope for so much of her own high school, college, teaching, and administration lives be that message of hope to so many students and parents. I have watched myself and heard from others of her active work with the school based organizations and programs in which she has developed or has been an active participant. I have watched that same passion for education and for encouragement be invested at the community level. Dr. Kesia Pope has changed so many lives by the giving of herself in a ministry of hope and inspiration. She has touched lives…. She has changed lives. I am thankful to the Lord for the blessing that Dr. Kesia Pope has been in my life and in the lives of so many others from many different walks of life. As that awesome agent of change, Dr. Kesia Pope is a living, breathing message of what one committed individual can do to ignite the heart’s fire within the spirit of another individual …… one light at a time.

Gladys L. Scott Posted over a year ago

[Corrected Post] I have known Dr. Pope most of her life. She always strived to achieve an excellent education. As an educator for many years she encouraged, supported, and demonstrated to her students the value of receiving an education. She truly leads by example.

Chase Wilson Posted over a year ago

"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." Dalai Lama said that and evidently Dr. Pope believes it. I am a freshman at Bay Springs High School, and Dr. Pope has affected my life in so many ways that I will carry with me forever. I can remember meeting Dr. Pope at the end of my eighth grade year as the Class of 2021 was preparing to transition to high school. We went to an assembly to meet our new principal. My first impression of her was clouded by what I heard from other students, but I soon realized that she possessed many great qualities that can push teens to achieve. One day, we walked and talked on campus. She asked me about my goals`and how I envisioned my future. I told her my plan for college and the major I wanted to pursue. Then, she told me about certain programs and courses that I could take to give me more exposure to my career. This little talk with Dr. Pope showed me a different side of her. She is a caring person, but at the same time, tough and consistent with her expectations. She begins each school day reminding us to "Commit to Commencement, College and Career." Those words are so encouraging because they let us know that graduation is possible and dreams can be achieved if we commit. I believe the educational level she holds and the professional example she shows us each day also make an impact on us. Dr. Pope is a life changer and I commend her for encouraging us to "Smell that diploma aroma."

Sabrina P. Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope has been a great asset to Bay Springs High School and to our community. She believes in her staff and her students. She has made a major impact with the kids by getting involved in school events and showing the kids she really cares about them. She is a "LIFECHANGER."

Wheater Pope Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope, my niece, is like a worker bee. She works hard to help students learn. She works late to organize and coordinate field experiences. She gives extra efforts to meet students' needs and get the job done. Kesia reminds me of my mother, her grandmother, Dorothy Pope, who worked forty years without a single vacation day. Kesia has that hustle to help students succeed and that makes her a life changer.

Karolyn Thompson Posted over a year ago

As a retired Professor of The University of Southern Mississippi, and a member of the Greater Hattiesburg Community, I can personally and professionally attest to Dr. Pope’s ability to change lives and make an impact in our community. Pope habitually partners with the community to facilitate academic achievement. Just recently, I joined the effort to praise the Bay Springs High School Proficiency Plus Pupils. This is one means by which Dr. Pope makes a significant difference in the lives of students. She has been able to connect to students in the place where their attention and values reside and lure them to where as an educator, she can ease their anxiety and create a foundation for learning. Dr. Pope’s focus on the students allows her to respond with genuine concern and empathy which makes them more receptive to learning. She is president of Jackson State University Alumni Association, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, an active member of the Forrest County Branch NAACP, and she couples her connections with these groups to expand opportunities for students to visit college campuses, receive scholarships and showcase their talents. Dr. Pope’s true community involvement is revealed in the less obvious endeavors such as one-on-one counseling assistance to her students and the unyielding support she gives to students who are striving to meet high school exit requirements. She dedicates her time and resources to promote the betterment of our community, and she undertakes all efforts with a sincere sense of urgency and completeness. She is the ultimate model for embracing and executing a deep sense of genuine concern for others. Her willingness to sacrifice herself to lend to the best quality of life for others is uniquely exceptional. A most deserving nominee is Dr. Kesia T. Pope for recipient of the Life Changer Award.

LaKeisha Bryant-Hall Posted over a year ago

It is with great admiration that I write this on behalf of Dr. Pope. She is one of the most passionate, hard-working, thoughtful, and youth- centered educators I have ever met. Dr. Pope is a true leader and she is consistent in her valuable contributions to our young generation. A creative thinker and an awesome speaker, Dr. Pope is one whom is always ready to motivate her kids and staff. Not only is she like this with her school, but also with her community. I have seen her mentor kids who were not even hers or in her district. As the overseer of a local institution that incarcerates youthful offenders, I have had several kids in my custody and they often credit Dr. Pope for her leadership as they were once students in her district. Of her, they always note how she is firm, fair, but most importantly, consistent. She corrects the kids when they are wrong, but praises them for their efforts in doing right. That says a lot about who Dr. Pope is as a person! Dr. Pope has a heart of gold and deserves a lot and more credit than she receives. She is most definitely a Life Changer! LaKeisha Bryant-Hall

Lanita Terrell Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure to work under Dr. Pope's leadership at Hattiesburg High School for four years. Her decision to leave was bitter sweet because I knew I would miss her inspirational quotes each morning. Dr. Pope has collaborated with administrators and teachers as well as students. She has facilitated faculty meetings and Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings, demonstrated co-teaching strategies, coordinated and sponsored senior field trips, and has tutored students in Biology for the SATP tests. As a leader, Dr. Pope not only tells you what to do, but also demonstrates how it should be done. Dr. Pope expects greatness and excel in everything she does. It is my honor to speak on her behalf and support her nominations to receive the LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Bennie Brown II Posted over a year ago

Dr Pope, was my high school Biolgy teacher & she is a dear friend to my family. Not only was she an exemplary teacher but she is a solid member of the community. Calling her a “Life Changer” would be an understatement!

LaShaun Floyd Posted over a year ago

Well well Dr.Pope is one of the most powerful and strongest teacher I know at Hattiesburg High. We had a lot of falling outs in class because I wanted to be a class clown instead of focus on classwork But Dr.Pope wasn’t having that Lol.. Dr. Pope believe in me when I didn’t. I remember one day she talk to me after class and told Floyd you can be anything you want to be in life Bc you have that spirit and personality to do great in life. Some people don’t understand its the small things people say or do in life and change someone life Because Dr.pope sure change mines. And I love her for just the talks we had to make me become a better person in life! Dr.Pope God put you on this earth for a reason and you did a Great Job thanks! true Life Changer

Tiffany Henderson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing woman. She has often times given me advice on how to handle certain situations that arise in my own classroom. I welcomed her ideas and challenges. Dr. Pope is very inspirational and talented in every aspect of education. Dr. Pope deserves this award of life changer of the year!

Claudia Ducksworth Posted over a year ago

Throughout the time I have known Dr. Pope, she has thrived with all kids in any environment from her Biology classroom to her office as a principal. She strives for excellence in everything she achieves and is always up for a challenge, which she instills those same values into all students. Dr. Pope is organized, task-oriented, and works easily with others.  I have seen Dr. Pope plan and orchestra programs, events, and activities both academically and socially for the enhancement of student growth and achievement. Dr. Pope has proven to be a sincere individual, who enjoys giving freely of herself for the betterment of the students. The contributions she has made and still making are innumerable. Dr. Pope is devoted to academics and community involvement and her personal characteristics show just that. I believe her to be an asset to any school program. Dr. Pope realizes the value of education and enthusiastically places that realization into action. She is reliable, trustworthy, loyal, and a pleasure to have worked with. Dr. Pope is truly a dedicated educator and administrator who will go the extra mile for her students to accomplish their goals.

Yolanda Polk Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Kesia Pope as an excellent educator and classmate. We graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1990. When I reflect on her work ethics in school, she was a student who strived for excellence and stood out among her peers. Dr. Pope mentored me as a new teacher entering the Hattiesburg Public School District. She was so eager and willing to share her knowledge, resources, and time with me and other new teachers. As her classmate, I am proud of her success and continuous growth. Dr. Pope reminds me "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." She truly has a heart for teaching and learning. Dr. Pope is a LifeChanger.

Dr. Rosemary Woullard Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is one of our community's most talented and energetic leaders. Her directed efforts to making life better for the people in our area through education makes her an outstanding role model and an extraordinary life changer as it uplifts the entire community..She is truly worthy of being our life changer of the year.

Dr. Ernest Collins Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of teaching Dr. Pope in Junior High. She was one of the most intelligent and prepared student I have ever taught. Without a doubt Dr. Pope deserved to be the Life Changer of the Year.

Gloria Shropshire Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope has always been, and still is, indeed, a LIFECHANGER in the lives of her students! When she was a Biology-I classroom teacher at Hattiesburg High School, she maintained a welcoming and orderly atmosphere and made sure her students enjoyed coming to her class daily. Even on the very FEW occasions when she had to be absent, her substitute teachers would love to hold her class because her students would maintain the order and continue to complete her assignments. One would think that Dr. Pope was actually in the class teaching them! What an amazing testimony!!!! Her percentage of students passing on the State Tests was always phenomenal, ranging above 90%, and they were most appreciative for everything she poured into them. Kesia went on to become an Assistant Principal at Hattiesburg High where she then served as the School Test Coordinator. She did an excellent job and made sure that the atmosphere was always conducive for testing. More than anything, Dr. Pope demonstrated success at a high level in all of her endeavors at Hattiesburg High. Even now, as the leader of her school, she is still pouring into more and more children! Keep up the GREAT work!!!

Demi Nicholson Posted over a year ago

Not only have I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope as an excellent educator but more importantly, as a sister in Christ! Keisa is a great example of a Christian woman living for Christ. I am blessed to have her as a role model in my life. Her incredible success in the classroom wouldn't exist if it weren't for her faithful walk with Christ! Kesia always has a kind word to say, an encouraging thought to share, and often times you can find her involved in various church related activities and projects. She is one that welcomes hard work! I don't know how she does it all but watching her stay on the move for the Lord, her community, family, and work family definitely motivates me to do more! I don't know that a reward has been created that would match what Kesia deserves but I can say without hesitation...be it in a classroom, in the community, or at church Dr. Kesia Pope is indeed a LifeChanger!

Jamarious Harris Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was a true advocate for the success of the students. Her passion to promote student success was influential throughout the community and school. She produced multiple scholarships for students and highlighted their aptitude’s.

Jay Arrington Posted over a year ago

Kesia is not only a great administrator, she is a great person. I have enjoyed working with her for the last couple of years. She has been instrumental in leading Bay Springs High school to a "B" rating in the states accountability system. She also is a great supporter of school athletics. Her high school has played for a state championship in football and won a state championship in basketball during her tenure. She is a well rounded educator who is making a difference daily at her school.

Jerry Wilson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an intelligent, effective and tenacious principal. She leads with vision and purpose as she continually reminds students to give their all and do their best. She cares for the students and treats them fairly. Dr. Pope works well with the students' families, by keeping us informed and treating us with dignity and respect. My grandchildren attend Bay Springs High School, and Dr. Pope frequently makes contact to invite us to campus activities and to partner with the faculty to support incentives for students. She goes the extra mile to ensure that all students receive the quality education that they deserve. From the campus wide reading requirements to the college readiness stipend awards that students may earn for meeting the target ACT scores, Dr. Pope is an inspirational and influential principal, truly a life changer, at Bay Springs High School.

warren woodrow Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has worked extremely hard to promote academic growth at Bay Springs High School . She recognizes the importance of good classroom instruction and holds students and teacher to a high standard . Dr. Pope has focused great attention on literacy attainment through reading initiatives and vocabulary enhancement in an effort to improve both overall academic growth and increased performance on A.C.T. scores. She would be an extremely worthy recipient of the award .

Frank Terry Posted over a year ago

I work with dr. Pope as a colleague the Hattiesburg High School. We will both brand new administrator and very eager to make an impact on the community in the Hattiesburg area. Men dr. Pope shared office suite and it was one of the best experiences as a professional that I've ever had two grown up with her for those 2 years. It was a work environment that nature learning professional growth and camaraderie for the community. One of the greatest memories that I have with my experience in the Hattiesburg area was when dr. Pope extended herself personally to make me feel welcome in a part of the community. I had a 160 mile round trip commute to work each day. This requires me to be on the road a lot and away from my family. Dr. Pope extended herself one afternoon in inviting me to death family home for dinner as a gesture of good faith. Both of us being Jackson State University alumni she felt it was her duty to make me feel welcome and to show the very best that Hattiesburg had to offer.

Tammie Page Posted over a year ago

Excellent choice as Lifetime of The Year Nominee! I have known Ms Pope Since the 2006 School year when she was my Daughters Biology teacher at Hattiesburg High School. I was impressed with her class room demeanor and leadership, as I was a volunteer class mother and witnessed her attention to detail as she stressed to her students the daily subject manner that they could comprehend and apply. Her classroom instruction was both dedicated and creative. My daughters selection as a Mississippi Scholar was a direct result of MS Popes mentorship. A true role model and example for all teachers and students, Ms Pope is hands down deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award.

Renee Galloway Posted over a year ago

First, congratulations on your nomination. Never having been in the professional arena with her, I can’t comment on her administrative or teaching skills per say but can definitely vouch for the character traits that enable her success. Her desire, love, and persistence are very evident in any task she strives to achieve. She never “wades” into a task at hand but “jumps” into the deep end with the mindset of accomplishment. Having participated with her in a triathlon, her dogged determination and persistence to achieve skills unknown to her only verifies Dr. Pope’s goal is success. I’m sure this character trait is key to her performance as a successful teacher, principal, educator and administrator. Her consistency in the obtaining of skills needed to achieve a set goal are paramount. Her desire for and love of children and their achievement can be nothing but exemplary based on the character I know she embodies.

Steve Banks Posted over a year ago

I have known Kesia Pope for nearly 15 years. She is a member of my church family. I'm sure her record speaks for herself, but her character and demeanor with children is extraordinary. Her desire to grow kids into leaders is what sets her apart from most others, and I can't think of a better candidate for the Lifechanger of the Year award than Dr. Kesia Pope.

Angela Banks Posted over a year ago

I've known Kesia Pope for 10 years. She is dedicated to church, family, and education. She is hardworking, motivated, and passionate about her career. Congratulations on your nomination!

Kandice munn Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope and I had the privilege of working together for two years at hattiesburg high school. She was encouraging, motivating, and a great role model for what it meant to have a sincere heart for teaching. She pushed me to do well and be the best I could be as a new teacher. I also worked under her during the new teacher program for our district. I highly recommend her for this prestigious award. She is more than qualified. Best of luck and keep being the marvelous motivator that you truly are!

Courtney Pope Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is as dedicated as they come, in all areas of her life. I’ve witnessed my aunt go from high school biology teacher to principal over time, and she has done it with such grace and determination. Dr. Pope is a motivator and encourages others to stand on her shoulders as they pursue their own goals. As a tenacious woman, she sees the potential in all and develops fun phrases and meaningful words to encourage each one of us to do and be better. Dr. Pope is intentional in all relationships with educational stakeholders and extremely genuine.

Nan Davis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is definitely a perfect example of a Lifechanger! It is such an honor to know her as a colleague and friend!! Dr. Pope is passionate about learning and growing, committed to excellence, creative in setting high expectations, and enthusiastic in partnering with parents and community. She is a leader that embraces "action". Each challenge becomes an opportunity to bring hope and success in the lives of everyone she meets. As you entered her classroom and tutoring sessions, students were engaged in hands-on, problem-solving adventures that related to life experiences. She continually used her gifts as an encourager, motivator, and listener to inspire fellow colleagues as they daily impacted student learning. The Teacher Induction Academy she facilitated and designed provided a positive environment for teacher collaboration and inspiration. As Event Coordinator for our High School campus, she brought excitement and celebration motivating our entire learning community to make a difference, set examples, and pursue their dreams! Dr. Pope's nomination of this prestigious award is well deserving, and I am very thankful for the impact she continues to make in the lives of students, parents, educators, and community!

Delories Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is indeed a life changer! Her life embodies those characteristics that one desires to emulate. She is a leader and is passionate about bringing about positive change within our community/society. Additionally, she is committed to ensuring that our youth reach their full potential and beyond, which is evidenced by her past and current educational accomplishments. The bottom line is when one has an opportunity to be in Dr. Pope’s presence, Change is inevitable!

Dr. Nettie Perry Adams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a very passionate and caring educator. She intetfaces her unique acadamia skills with great christian principles. She always thinks of others first. I met Dr. Pope at the Kaiserslautern Church of Christ in Germany. She was visiting the church while with a group of her students were doing an exchage experience with other German students/famlies. We have been in close contact since 2010. She is highly qualified and deserving of thiis award,

Paul Graham Posted over a year ago

It has been an honor and privilege to have worked under Dr. Pope these last few years. From the first day of the school year until the last Dr. Pope brings the same energy and excitement that motivates you to give your best each and every day. It is clear that Dr. Pope is very passionate about leading her school to academic success, and she has risen to the occasion time and time again. Currently she has brought our high school to a "B" rating school. Though most principals would be satisfied, Dr. Pope encourages us and pushes her faculty to go further. She deserves any award she gets including this one.

Kimberlee Reid Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kee Pope taught me biology when I was in high school. I learned so much in her class. She made sure we understood the material. Her drive to ensure no child was left behind was indeed phenomenal. Because of her diligence and zero tolerance for her students to fail, I passed my biology state exam with a score of 406. I had the highest score in my class. I went on to finish high school with a love for learning. She influenced my life for science and to continue reading as much as I could. She is so deserving of this award.

Dan Brady Posted over a year ago

Working with Dr. Pope at Bay Springs has truly been a blessing. Dr. Pope refuses to take no for an answer. She continually pushes students to the limit encouraging and emphasizing the importance of reading. Dr. Pope not only effectively relays information to her students she also practices what she preaches. Dr. Pope strives to continue to increase the rating of our school. She also helps expose our young men and women by providing them with incentive chips. Bay Springs is a better place because of Dr. Pope.

Marissa L Balentine Posted over a year ago

Wow...Mrs. Pope where do I start she inspired so much in high school she taught me twice I took her basic science and came right back for her chemistry class she helped me so much not only in school but in life as well she knew my situation at home as well my mom was sick with chf congestive heart failure and I was never really at school and some tried giving up on me she didn't she pushed me and I broke I graduated with a extra credit or two and she inspired me to become a sorror as well I love the way they live they always stick together trying to make the world a better place I'm not a sorror but I have always wanted to be one. LORD I know I have run on sentences but you get the picture.

Hazel Young Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is truly a leader in the education field . She is amazing asset to her field . She taught both of my daughters. She is a dedicated Christian, mother,daughter,sister and a dear friend . Congratulations on your nominated.

Taneisha Cox Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of having Dr Pope teach me in high school Biology. The first day I walked into class I could feel the difference in atmosphere. She was always quick on her feet and it caused our minds to sharpen. I remember the first day she made us describe ourselves with one word of the letter of our first names. “T” was pretty common so when it got me I couldn’t think of one. Dr Pope named me “Tenacious Taneisha”. At the the time I didn’t even know the meaning of that word but she taught me. I decided to apply that word to Taneisha. To be consistent and stand firm. Be persistent in learning and in life and that is the perfect example of who and what Dr. Pope is to me. She always challenged us to be great and was also the example of what she pushed us to be. I also had the chance to know her personally and know that her personality goes far beyond the classroom. She has helped to find the tenacity in many in and out of the classroom. For me and many more she is a LIFE CHANGER and I can’t think of one that is more deserving of this award. A life changer is what you will always be to me.

Kenya D. Henderson Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Keshia Pope since our years as students at Jackson State University. She and I were participants in the world famous Sonic Boom of the South. Dr. Pope's dedication to the band program was unswerving at all cost, leadership and dedication is in her blood because it is what was instilled in us as students. I won't give an entire history on this young lady because I'm quite sure most other people already have.what I will do is tell you that I know Dr. Pope applies herself 100% at any and everything she does. So the students that Dr. Pope are involved with are getting the absolute best motivation, guidance and education possible. Dr. Pope will work beyond exhaustion to see Tha students understand unequivocally without a doubt the material being taught by her. I have no doubt that Dr. Pope is the correct choice for LifeChanger of the year, quite simply because this IS what she does, change lives. Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to pay such a gracious complement to my former classmate and great sorority sister. Best wishes and God bless you.

Chandra Foard Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is a great example for educational leadership. When I worked at Hattiesburg High as a mental health counselor she was always encouraging the students to do their very best. She not only spoke but modeled herself to be a great example for the student body and she has taken that same concept and mindset to Bay Sorings High School. With her expertise and willingness to excel these students she has brought an increase of academic excellence to Bay Sptings High School.

Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the most dedicated educator and administrator that I know! Her ability to lead and motivate is extraordinary. She is always positive and she is always striving to be better while at the same time pushing to make others better. She is a true Life Changer!

SFC Melvin Potts Posted over a year ago

Working with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High School afforded me the opportunity to see that she is a hands on leader who inspects what she expects. She communicates clear expectations and models to provide clear guidelines. She continually interacts with faculty, students and parents in a receptive manner which highlights her commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere. A powerful plus of her nurturing nature is that she listens. She is able to add to the development of the school's atmosphere by creating and sharing positive themes, quotes, programs and events on campus. Truth be told, we do smell the diploma aroma and everyone is playing his part for students to be successful. Dr. Pope makes a strong influence on students' lives as she teaches academic lessons, social skills and behavior strategies which largely matter in students' future options. Her biology tutoring is second to none as students comprehend the concepts, pass the state test and exit high school. Dr. Pope is well rounded and brings a much needed intensity to public educaion. She is monumentally changing lives.

Tiffany Freeman Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pope in the Hattiesburg Public School District. I found her to be vibrant, energetic, and engaging. Whether working with students or faculty, her goals were the same - inspire and educate. It is thrilling to see that she is nominated for her hard work and dedication to the field of education. I wish her the best in the competition and in all future endeavors!

Annette C. Rivera Germany Posted over a year ago

Hello Kesia, Well done and all the best in this denanding yet rewarding position. You deserve it. We were a good team organizing our Gsrman-American exchange! What an experience for everyone involved. Annette

Tiesha Hough Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope served as an assistant principal to me. She was one of the most dedicated administrators then and I'm sure she has improved even more over the years. She is one of the few who saw something in us and helped us improve and do great things. She deserves this nomination and recognition for the amazing work she has done in multiple school districts.

Antione Atkins Posted over a year ago

Miss Pope was a great teacher in High School. She was hard on her students but only because she saw our potential. She never gave up and I think she’ll be great in future endeavors. Always thinking positive and striving for something better for her students.

Chantelle Edwards Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the most hardworking and most dedicated person I know. She is an inspiration to everyone. Congratulations on your nomination.

Edward McCurty Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a dedicated, innovative and forward-thinking educator with a reputation for getting things done and changing the lives of the young people under her charge. She has been a classroom teacher so she intimately knows the challenges faced by those she currently leads in her role as Principal. She’s been in the vanguard of educational transformation in the state of Mississippi for the past twenty years. No one is more deserving of this honor than she. I wholeheartedly endorse her application for Life Changer of the Year!

Elaine McGee Posted over a year ago

I highly recommend Dr. Pope for the life changer of the year award. She has been an excellent role model for my three grand daughters. Every time they see her, they tell me that they like her because she is so nice to them. During the time that I have known her, she has been a very professional and hard working person. She also works her mcommunity. Everything that I have seen her do has always been positive. She has earned my respect and she deserves this award. CONGRATULATIONS!

Bryan Barnes Posted over a year ago

As a former biology student of Dr.Pope, l could always count on her to uplift and motivate the class, wether through class work or life experiences. Someone who demands your attention at all times and don't shy away from it. With her infectious attitude that many would gravitate to. Self driven, smart, and a perfect role model. Congratulations!!!

Willie Ash Posted over a year ago

I had the opportunity to have Dr.Pope as a teacher in high school,where she touched many lives through her dedication and willingness to teach ,which is truly a great gift to possess.Congrats on your nomination ,there's no one more deserving.

Dr. Deborah Bradley Smith Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is truly a leader in the educational field and in her community. Her tenacity when completing any task is truly awesome and to be admired. While most leaders attempt to lead by themselves, Dr Pope is well known at empowering others to share parts of her vision so that everyone may be a part of something spectacular. Dr. Pope is a wonderful listener and will come to the aid of all who needs her assistance with any task when she is called upon to do so. She is without a doubt a brilliant thinker and is capable of brainstorming until the wee hours in the morning until a concept is brought to life. She brings a wealth of knowledge, discipline, hard work, and dedication to all that she does and will be a very deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Denise Minor Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an amazing asset to not only her community, but also to the field of education. She is a dedicated person who lends a hand in any area where help is needed.

Dan Trigg Posted over a year ago

"PAR EXCELLENCE, PAR EXCELLENCE, PAR EXCELLENCE!!!" These are the two (2) words that I chose to discribe Dr. Kesia Pope. Some leaders are born while others are made. I preceive Dr. Pope to be a natural born leader. As a student, she was a leader of her peers; yet always willing to aid and assist as needed. These same qualities are exhibited as an administrator in the education field. Having known Dr. Pope since her childhood and observing her dedication to youths as exhibited through one of her many passions. This passion of hers is coordinating an Annual Talent-Fashion Exhibition (Scholarship Program) sponsored by the Jackson State University Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter. This scholarship program is held annually during the month of February in observance of Black History in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Kesia Pope is a product of both Hattiesburg High School and Jackson State University and always involved in the promotion of each as a learning institution. The funds generated through these programs are used to provide scholarships for deserving students in their pursuit of higher education at Jackson State University. Many a recipient have gone on to become successful and productive citizens of the Great State of Mississippi and the USA. Therefore, I say Best Wishes and God Bless Dr. Kesia Pope on this nomination as "LifeChanger of the Year" because You are truly a LifeChanger.

Ariel Darty Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has always been an inspirational being. As a former student at Hattiesburg High School, her morning announcements still motivate me everyday!! To see someone strive and achieve as much as she continues to is so encouraging. Congratulations on your nomination!!

Debby Dean Posted over a year ago

I recently retired after serving 28 years in the Hattiesburg School District as Department Chair of the Strings program for the district. I have known Dr. Kesia Pope for that same length of time, since moving to Hattiesburg. I have observed her growth from a young student to the world class leader in the education field that she is today. She is high energy, down to earth, creative, innovative and caring of students and their families. She motivates students to learn and teachers to teach. When she worked in the Hattiesburg schools, she was always my go-to administrator because she made progress happen. I recommend her for this honor without any reservations. She is a true LifeChanger!

Aubrey K. Lucas Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope was a student in my graduate seminar, and I was impressed with her commitment to learning. She has now demonstrated that she is a leader who can organize teachers, support personnel, and other available resources to bring about real growth in the learning of pupils who are fortunate to be in the school where she is principal. Through her leadership she has been a "life changer" in her students and deserves this award for that reason!

Kaprice Thomas Posted over a year ago

If I had to describe Dr. Pope in one word, it would be PASSIONATE. Everything she does is with excellence! No matter the task, she is like a superhero ready, willing, and well-equipped to act. She is multi-talented; a leader, visionary, educator, activist, entrepreneur, innovator, wordsmith, and all-around phenomenal woman. She is one whose reputation precedes her throughout the community in a positive light. Dr. Pope is an influencer in the lives of young and old. Everywhere she goes, she leaves a remarkable impression that you are bound to remember. She is more than deserving of the title "Life Changer" and I'm grateful to know her.

Rachel Clapper Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a dedicated and unwavering public servant. During my time at Hattiesburg Public Schools, Dr. Pope showed enthusiasm and zeal for everything she did. She not only wanted to make her school the best, but she wanted to make the lives of her teachers and students a little better every day. Dr. Pope was always setting up different activities for her students, between hosting the Black History Month showcase to creating a fair to highlight biology, Dr. Pope was willing to go to all ends to make sure every student was touched. She is truly a motivator, never letting anyone sit down and just accept, but always asking if they can make themselves better. Dr. Pope was also a huge supporter of the arts, making sure Speech and Debate and Theatre always had a place in education. Dr. Pope also cared deeply about her teachers, setting up the New Teacher Induction Academy and making sure everyone that was at HHS was heard and cared for. Dr. Pope is truly a LifeChanger.

Omeshia Burnes Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope is not only a family member and a former asst.princpal but she’s an OUTSTANDING, MOTIVATING & DETERMINE role model! I’ve known Dr.Pope all of my life and there was never a time that I asked her for guidance and she didn’t have a solution. It’s a privilege to know her! Congratulations on your nomination!

Deaundra Chatman-Leech Posted over a year ago

As a former student and cheerleader coach for Dr. Pope. She is compassionate at everything she does. She not only inspire her students to become better but she also inspire her cheerleaders to motivate and achieve the impossible. Dr. Pope is a woman of courage, strength and dignity who values herself. A woman who will not give up on her dreams. She is a awesome teacher, coach and person to know,

Rose Myers Posted over a year ago

It is an honor to know someone who is a true professional, a caring and progressive leader, supportive administrator who truly cares about your students and staff. Above all, you are a hard working and dedicated Christian, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Congratulations on your nomination.

Rodney Johnson Posted over a year ago

As a classmate of Dr. Kesia Pope I am extremely proud of her accomplishments and impact that she has had on the community that I know as home as well as throughout the state of Mississippi. Dr. Pope has always been a leader in school, church and the community. One that would always be there to help anyone (young as well as older). During our school years she was always one of, if not the top student in the class and would always lend a helping hand to those like myself who struggled in some of my early studies. After graduation I went on to complete 20 years in the Navy. During my time in the military I was afforded a few opportunities to visit home and check on family and friends. My main concerns were my younger nieces and nephews. I felt blessed as well as very proud when my younger family members informed me that Dr. pope had been their teacher and went on to become the Assistant Principal at Hattiesburg High School. Each young family member continually spoke highly of Dr. Kesia Pope and told of the ways in which she had an impact on their desire to do well in school and attend college in efforts to better themselves and inspire others as well. Dr. Pope is the truly the living definition of a "Life Changer"

Carolyn Green Posted over a year ago

It is my pleasure to write on behalf of Dr. Kesia Pope, nominee for Life Changer of the Year. Dr. Pope was a student of mine in junior high school and she was brilliant and stood above all with nearly perfect scores on homework and tests. After graduating from high school and college, she began her teaching career in Hattiesburg Public Schools with students scoring 100% on state tests. She later was assigned as Assistant Principal with the school system and was an outstanding Assistant Principal. Her conscientious efforts positively impacted test scores and discipline and teacher morale of the school. She was totally dedicated to her faculty, staff and students and has sought numerous ways to foster an environment of growth and recognition for all students through rewards. Without a doubt, I highly recommend Dr. Kesia Pope as Life Changer of the Year. Her excellent work experience, coupled with enthusiasm for helping others, makes her the ideal candidate.

Dylan & Tiffany Douglas Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope has impacted our community of Hattiesburg in a large way, spreading her love and enthusiasm for educational acheivement. The lives a countless individuals in the community can thank Dr. Pope for changing their educational and career paths, which makes her a true “LifeChanger”.

Byron Harper Posted over a year ago

When I was in high school she had a way of encouraging others to do the best they can and give hope the they could accomplish amazing things and go places they never thought

Ralonda O’Neal Posted over a year ago

Kesia is most deserving of this award. Hardworking, smart & academically driven.

Tracey Seymour Posted over a year ago

As a person, Dr Pope, is compassionate and quick to go out of her way for the community through service endeavors. She has a heart of gold, and particularly for the wellness of the elderly. As an administrator, she dives into hard work and excellence to exceed the expectations of student achievement. She is my past evaluating principal and I loved every moment of being under her guidance. She is truly fair, through and just simply WONDERFUL.

Zavan Brown Posted over a year ago

I am a former student under Dr. Pope, so I know from experience that she is a life changer. She came in with the mindset of improvement and pushed each student to excellence whether they liked it or not. She imprinted in our brains “Commit to Commencement College and Career” which I’m sure she still uses today. Dr. Pope is an amazing principal and I believe she has impacted the lives of many students since her beginning at Bay Springs. She is definitely a life changer.

Shalawn Clark Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pope for six years. She served as one of our assistant principals at Hattiesburg High School. During that time Dr. Pope was very giving herself not just to the students but to the faculty as well. She was very hands on with the teachers and showed great enthusiasm about our profession. She made school fun for the students. She held the students to high standards and wanted nothing but the best for them. Her actions constantly proved that she wanted nothing but the best for our school as a whole. Dr. Pope not only was my assistant principal but she was my mentor! She was always willing to give advice and help me to deliver lessons with enthusiasm. She went above and beyond her duties to ensure that HHS achieved greatness. She brought positivity to the campus and often lifted our moral! When she presented or held faculty meetings her enthusiasm and love for our profession motivated me to do even more to ensure the success of our children. I truly believe she is very deserving of this award! I love and admire Dr. Pope for her continuous efforts to improve the public school system!

DaLakin Crawford Posted over a year ago

As a student at Bay Springs High School, I have witnessed Dr. Pope to be an outstanding leader and principal around the campus. Dr. Pope encourages everyone to do better and strive for excellence daily, she doesn’t believe in “just getting by”. She does whatever she can to help her students be successful. For those reasons, she will be a great life changer.

Larry Dunaway Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an outstanding educator. Dr. Pope has been greatly influenced by her parents and her Church to work hard and serve others so that she can be a life changer.

Dr. Veronica Scott Posted over a year ago

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Dr. Kesia Pope for LifeChanger of the Year. I have known Dr. Pope all of my life and she has been the big sister that I biologically never had! She has always been there for me, motivating and encouraging me to strive towards academic success and beyond. Dr. Pope never let me settle for mediocrity and she made sure that I never settled for the easiest path forward because I was afraid of the challenges I had to face to pursue my dreams. Dr. Pope’s life provides an excellent example for what students, especially minority students, can accomplish when they have the determination to pursue a terminal degree and use their education to help others achieve academic success. Dr. Pope was the first minority woman that I personally knew who obtained their doctorate and became an educator. Her career choice inspired me to obtain my doctorate and become an educator. Recently, Dr. Pope invited me to come speak to her students at Bay Springs High School to talk about “Commit to Commencement, College, and Career.” Dr. Pope sat in on my presentation as I encouraged the students to work hard in school to achieve their best grades, to start working on their college entrance exam scores, and to think about their vision for a college choice and career. I also shared with the students how the faculty and administration of Bay Springs High School is dedicated to helping them succeed. As I continued to speak to the students, I noticed that Dr. Pope was moved to tears because she is so passionate about student academic performance and success. I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to inspire Dr. Pope’s students during that one afternoon. However, I know that her students are even more inspired by her dedication and continual motivation. I know that Dr. Pope changes the lives of students on a daily basis. There is no student who enrolls at Bay Springs High School who is not postively impacted by the high standard of education she has for them. Dr. Pope has not only inspired my career but she continues to inspire the careers and dreams for her many students. Every day that Dr. Pope walks into Bay Springs High School, she is changing the lives of her students. Dr. Pope is truly a “LifeChanger”!

Bakari D. Shead Posted over a year ago

It is a privilege for me and gives me great pleasure to recommend Dr. Keisa Pope for the Life Changer of the Year award. Throughout my professional career in the educational arena, I have had the opportunity to work with many teachers and administrators throughout the state of Mississippi. Dr. Pope represents just that - the best of the best! Dr. Pope and I had the opportunity to work together on the Board of Directors of the Leaf Foundation in Hattiesburg, MS. The Leaf Foundation organized preliminary pageants for young ladies in the Miss America pageant system. Dr. Pope was on the team that led to the preparation and selection of Jasmine Murray, Miss Mississippi 2014. I applaud her efforts for changing lives of not only her students, but in particularly, young women throughout of state. For this and many other reasons, the Leaf Foundation selected her at Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Pope and Keep Changing Lives!!!

Israel Lyons Posted over a year ago

Many teachers come and go, but this particular one, Dr. Pope, definitely deserves this reward. During my tenure at Hattiesburg High School, she encouraged me to keep going in the pursuit of better things. She was definitely a Life Changer in that same sense as well. She encouraged the importance of English & professionalism and how they coincide with everyday happenings. This encouraged a true base of resolve in which I personally used in other extra curricular activities. She is what it means to actually teach what she preaches as opposed to some other “educators” methods. One could only hope to have walked in the same shoes as she. Thanks again Dr. Pope for all that you’ve contributed to not only my success but those aspiring for greatness under your leadership now.

Professor Tony A. Bounds Posted over a year ago

I was afforded the distinct honor and privilege to become a colleague of Dr. Kesia Pope from 2008-2013. It was during the aforementioned span of time, I observed her to be an adamant professional, who exhibited a sincere devotion towards community and an individual guided by core values. For five years I functioned as a Parent Liaison for the Hattiesburg Public School District and relied heavily upon her guidance in reference to the instructional and social background of pupils she so diligently attempted to assist. Dr. Pope is the quintessential motivator, an attribute that was skillfully displayed as she facilitated numerous professional development sessions. Although she functioned as an administrator at Hattiesburg High School, Dr. Pope volunteered supplementary Biology (I) instruction in order to ensure student success on State Subject Area Exams. Needless to say, her lucid didactic teaching style yielded higher passing percentages. Her affinity for the greater Hattiesburg Community was constantly expressed through numerous public service activities. Without question her unique deportment positions her to be a progressive catalytic entity in all venues. I have been made better by being extended the opportunity to work beside her.

Jarrius Adams Posted over a year ago

When I was in high school, 3 years ago, Dr. Pope was one of the Assistant Principals. Whatever you perceive as the job description of an Ass. Principal, Dr. Pope exceeded the normal. There aren't many educators that I keep in contact with post graduation but she is one of them. It is her creativeness, ambition, and determination that I admire. I will continue to take the lessons I learned from Dr. Pope, apply to my life. I don't know her as a self person but now who cares about students and creating a better world for the individuals who come after her. Everything I have accomplished in my life, I know that I was able to do it because of people like her. I am confident in saying that EVERYONE in her family, her school, and most importantly in the community believes she is the best choice for this award.

Valencia Hopkins Posted over a year ago

I highly recommend Dr. Kesia Pope for The Life Changer of the Year Award. Dr. Pope is a Phenomenal woman! I have known Dr. Pope for many years in fact she is my high school classmates! From day one I have always knew she would be an exceptionally woman! She is a leading example of a great teacher and mentor. She loves people, works hard, and always tries to do what she can to help others. I have always found her to be one my favorite role model!!!

Dr. Monét Ducksworth Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is such an inspiration. In every encounter I have had with her, she is always been kind and uplifting. Her catchy slogans make it easy for others to catch her vision, which is one that encourages you to do better to reach your goals while striving for greatness. I highly recommend Dr. Pope for the Life Changer of the Year Honor. She is truly deserving.

Ken Wells Posted over a year ago

I met Dr. Pope several years ago in college at Jackson State University, where we were both members of the Sonic Boom of the South! We are also part of the band fraternity and sorority, KKY & TBS. Dr. Pope was a committed member of the Sonic Boom as well as committed to her studies! There was always something different about, even back then! She played a male dominated instrument in college, and made way for many females to follow! She has always been a good, God fearing person; who is committed to the good of society! I believe that she is truly worthy of this nomination because of her commitment to her students! She is a true ambassador for education in the state of Mississippi! I am an Associate Minister at Greater Pearlie Grove MB Church in Jackson, Ms and I truly endorse Dr. Pope for LifeChanger of the Year!! God bless & Be encouraged!

Marcia Paige Posted over a year ago

Over the years, I was able to watch Dr. Pope grow as a person. From being a biology teacher to becoming a principal, Dr. Pope always went the extra mile for her students. She was always involved with her students as well as their parents. Dr. Pope not only used traditional teaching methods, but she would also come up with different ways to educate her students to ensure they were one step closer to success. The love that Dr. Pope has for her students and her job is remarkable, and she definitely deserves this recognition.

JERRY CRAWFORD Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope recites “No one rises to Low expectation” daily to the students and staff. Her leadership style has raised the bar of academic excellence. It is one thing to set an academic goal and another to have a game plan. Dr. Pope created a plan that has proven to be a game changer at Bay Springs High School. With the help of staff and community leaders, she implemented programs to help the struggling students as well as created enrichment opportunities for the gifted students. Her belief in meeting students where they are and taking them on a engaging journey to where to you want the to be has yielded Bay Springs High School a B ranking for 2 consecutive years. The school and community recognizes the hard work, consistency, and commitment Dr. Pope has for her students. Producing a quality students leads to quality adults leading and working in the community.

Patrina Johnson Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisa Pope is definitely a life changer and inspirational leader. She rallies others to be excited, intrigued, and enthusiastic about learning. Dr. Pope’s daily quotes and words of encouragement inspire the students and staff to function at the best their abilities. She celebrates and appreciates the students and staff for hard work with SHOUT OUT announcements or by dropping personal “Thank You” notes. When I received my first note of thanks, I felt like my contributions mattered and that I was appreciated. She ensures the school has a climate and culture that cultivates and nurtures instructional practices. Dr. Pope, as principal, has motivated and encouraged the teachers of Bay Springs High School to be instructional leaders. Pope inspires teachers to design and deliver dynamic lessons that are effective, holistic, authentic, and relevant to the real-world. She works with teachers to enhance instruction and take learning to the next level. During faculty meetings, she has the teachers practice engaging activities and exercises that can be taken back to the classroom and utilized with students. Dr. Pope has introduced several activities for the teachers to become better instructional leaders. She provides extra support for new teachers by sharing constant feedback to equip them with the necessities for educating today’s students. Dr. Pope emphasizes bringing learning to life with student centered learning and academic ENGAGEMENT and this is top priority at Bay Springs High School! Believe the hype, Dr. Kesia Pope is a life changer.

Cherita Coppedge Abney Posted over a year ago

I met Kesia Pope when we both attended Jackson State University. She was and based on her body of work is a brilliant woman. She was always very focused on academics while still finding time to enjoy college life. As a fellow educator and administrator I am thoroughly in awe of her accomplishments thus far. I know that she has and will continue to impact the lives of children and families in phenomenal ways for years to come. Kesia Pope is your “Life Changer of the Year”!

Dr. Sharon Smith Posted over a year ago

I had the honor with working with Dr. Pope for 3 years. She is an extraordinary individual that has truly been an asset to the field of education. She exhibits the highest professionalism, integrity, morals and values. Dr. Pope is truly a shining star!

Maria Beach Posted over a year ago

I had the opportunity of working with Dr. Pope as the Assistant Principal/ Administration and Supervision at Hattiesburg High School with students receiving special services. I was grateful and very appreciative towards Dr. Pope’s concern for these students receiving the attention( teaching appropriate social skills to maintain placement in a school setting) needed and mainstreamed back in regular school settings. Dr. Pope expressed this to the staff as well as the students, it was motivational and evoked optimism for the students.

Emma R. Richardson Posted over a year ago

Kesia Pope, my dedicated, determined and FULL of energy niece, gives every task she understands her all and all. She has been a caring and considerate person when meeting the needs of individuals. Dr. Pope has always had student success at the top of her teaching agenda. Her goal is to be sure that each child understands and master every skill to be learned. As a biology teacher, she worked with each student in her class to strive for excellence. If they needed help understanding a skill, she would provide after-school tutoring and counseling if needed. Her biological influence with students in the classroom has positively made an impact. Some of her students have chosen the same path and are now in the classroom putting many of her techniques and resources to use. I am also thankful for her hard work and tenacity she has put into fund raising for students scholarship. From this effort, many students have benefited. Because of her interest and dedication to students, I am now a yearly supporter of the scholarship campaign. Congratulations Kesia on your nomination of being recognized as a Life Changer.

Carnesha Milton Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is just what this contest suggest, a life changer. She is motivating in every way with her clever word play and testimonies. She encouraged me in many ways to become the educator I am today. Dr. Pope coached me from afar making sure to provide me with the constant motivation to do a demanding, get extremely rewarding job each day. Watching her conquer new levels in the educational field and be successful keeps me going. Dr. Kesia Pope has had a hand in changing my life, for the best. This nomination is well deserved.

Reginald Gully Posted over a year ago

To whom it may concern, I highly recommend Dr.Keisha Pope for this prestigious award. I met Dr. Pope in our undergraduate career Jackson State University in The marching band “THE SONIC BOOM OF THE SOUTH” , Dr. Pope is a outstanding person and educator. Regaurds, Reginald Gully

DeJuan M Lockhart Posted over a year ago

I rise to nominate Dr. Pope for Life Changer of The Year! I've had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for over 30 years and her passion, commitment to educational excellence and service has no boundaries! Standards, Processes, Measurables, Community involvement with Delta Sigma Theta, are one of many examples of her Leadership. May you continue to lead by example and be that beacon that we so desperately need in today's time. "Id rather see a Sermon than to hear one any day".... Such a derserving honor for a derserving candidate.

Raphael Scott Waldrop Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a born educator who comes from a family of educators. As I have explained to people all over the country about my dear friend, "she is cut from a special cloth that is rare today." Each thread of the tapestry that she represents is laced with a philosophy of education that dictates that exceptional educators are lifelong learners and anchored in the position that children should be the center of every educational decision. One need only look at her track record to understand that her commitment to lifelong learning and the education of al children under he tutelage. What makes many of her milestone achievements so impressive is that they were achieved and continue to be achieved in communities that face great socioeconomic challenges. She, however, would argue that the obstacles her children face make them stronger and inspire her to work harder to meet their needs. As a Director of Arts in the Hattiesburg Public School District, it was very satisfying to work with her as an administrator because a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, she was a member of the nationally recognized debate team and was very active in all facets of the department. This has equated to her understanding of the importance of Arts education which she wholeheartedly supports. As the annual coordinator of the NAACP ACT-SO Conference where students compete in educational and arts events that advance to national competition where students have the opportunity to compete for scholarships. As a member of the Hub City Classic host committee for many years at Hattiesburg High School, she was instrumental in assisting to build the largest academic event offered in the State of Mississippi in speech and debate events. Dr. Pope is a major force in the lives of children at her current position as Principal at Bay Springs High School. I believe they are the most fortunate students to have her at the helm. Her energy and genuine love for learning makes her an invaluable asset to their community. She is certainly a LIFE CHANGER!

Tracie Brown Posted over a year ago

Driven, determined, and dedicated are words that merely describe the holistic embodiment of this young woman who has impacted hundreds of lives. Dr. Pope radiates the essence of leadership, and she has for some time. Not afraid to be one to embrace diversity and shifting, this educational leader strives to set the tone daily as she fosters a generation of innovators to actively become the change needed for progress. I highly recommend Dr. Pope for this honor, and I am confident that she will continue the legacy of this award.

Lakisha Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope came to Bay Springs with a quote that I will always remember "no one rise to low expectations". She has done awesome things for the students and parents at Bay Springs. Ms. Pope put a huge fire in students that wasn't interested in school. She made non active parents active. Because of her we have accountable staff. Ms. Pope plan field trips with the kids needs in mind. My daughter have came home and talked hours about field trips. I'm so happy to still have her at Bay Springs High, next year she will be my son's principal and I know she will be a life changer of nothing but positive for him.

Brittany Seabrooks Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was a major part of my life. She was my cheer coach in high school. When we lost our coach Dr. Pope stepped in as best she knew how and being that she loved to run she made sure that was one thing that we did do. We ran miles. We whined, fussed, and complained but I realized that she taught us structure. She taught us to dig deep and to never give up and I apply her strategy to my life. Whenever I want to give up I hear her in my head screaming VARSITY!!!! If I never told you before I thank you and you will always be my Coach??

Clarence(Carrie) Magee Posted over a year ago

We are honored to recommend such a distinguish person as Dr. Kesia Pope for the LifeChanger of the Year's award. Dr. Pope was reared by very caring parents. She has prepared herself by pursuing academy excellent. Dr. Pope is very gifted and has the unique ability to reach, engage and influence all ages in learning and working together across intergenerational levers. She is a Gold Life Member of the (NAACP) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. And she serves on our Mother-of-the- Year, Freedom fund Committee. Dr. Pope has been the coordinator of our ACT-SO program for several years where high school students in grades nine through twelve compete academically at the State lever with the winners competing at the NAACP National Annual Convention's ACT-SO's program. .

Doris Bridges Bass Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a wonderful young woman who embraces a challenge. No task is too small or too big for this young woman. She loves young people and she believes in them and their ability to excel in their chosen field .She has high expectations for all young people. She shows them that they can succeed by being an extraordinary role model .She lives a life of faith, reality, high standards and good character. She exhibits a can do attitude in every challenge she undertakes. Dr. Pope is a Life Changer and will continue to inspire young people around her with her high expectations and her willingness to aid them to succeed.

Joshua Chapman Posted over a year ago

Ms. Pope was one of the nicest teachers I had in high school. She challenged me to be the best student that I could be everyday. She not only cared for her students as students, but also as people!

Terry Bradley Posted over a year ago

I met Dr. Pope nearly 20 years ago at Hattiesburg High, I was a substitute teacher, she inspired me to become a teacher, and to seek higher degrees in my profession. She is full of positive energy, and she always find a way to get the job done,regardless of the situation.

Chameiko Miller Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is truly a life changer. Her catchy phrases, high energy, and enthusiasm are so contagious. I met her during my first year of teaching when she was my assistant principal at Hattiesburg High School. I was slightly lost and afraid to fail during my first year of teaching; however, it was under Dr. Pope’s tutelage that I learned to not just be, but be the best. She ran faculty meetings that engaged us from beginning to end on successful strategies, the importance of data, technology use within the classroom, and so much more. She took out time from her busy schedule to offer personal advice on how I could perfect my teaching profession, engage students, and increase parental involvement. She took me under her wing and trained me to be a leader as she ensured Hattiesburg High School was a safe environment where children could learn and excel. Dr. Kesia Pope truly shaped and molded me as teacher; there is no one other than her more deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award.

Billy Hinton Posted over a year ago

During my thirty plus years at Bay Springs High School, Dr. Pope is one of the top administrators that I have worked with. She is hard working, encouraging to staff and students, and a progressive thinker. Dr. Pope richly deserves this award.

Turkesa Bullock Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, MS. Being a novice teacher, Dr. Pope became my educational mentor and provided the necessary tools I need to become a professional educator. Dr. Pope's persona provides an array of positive leadership and gives off inspirational vibes to any educator she comes in contact with. Her moral compass leads her to provide a substantiated evident leadership model that not only leads positively but also transformational. I personally can give great homage to Dr. Pope for providing a leadership model I live by to this day, which is lead by example, model by vision, and excel by faith. Dr. Pope deserves this award from mere observation, but up close this award will still not justify her impact on lives in the educational community. I for one will forever be indebted to Dr. Pope for her aura of immense and incessant strive to reach excellence within herself and those around her.

Chrys holmes Posted over a year ago

I met Kecia Pope through her mother, Emma Pope. She also, exercises at my place of employment(Family Y). Kecia always present herself with class, a faithful church goer, and has a "Shine bright like a diamond" personality.

Summer Johnson Posted over a year ago

I highly recommend Dr. Kesia Pope for The Life Changer of the Year. Dr. Pope served as my assistant principal while I taught at Hattiesburg High School. I had been out of the classroom for two years finishing my Masters when I encountered the phenomenal Dr. Kesia Pope. She has the kind of energy that electrifies! Seeing Dr Pope in action, I was inspired and emboldened to get back in the classroom. She led with such fierce determination and made students and faculty believe that any goal could be accomplished. After teaching for over 14 years in MS, FL, and LA, I have not encountered such a tour-de-force as Dr. Pope.

Hollie Parker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Keisha Pope is a great person. She works hard to ensure that she gives her best each day. She is an uplifting person and always has a positive attitude. She encourages her faculty and staff to embrace each day to the fullest possible. She had extremely high expectations for all students and believes in them. She is an inspiration to everyone.

Marlena Jenkins Posted over a year ago

The leadership of Dr. Kesia Pope… Dr. Kesia Pope is a dynamic professional whom I try to emulate. She empowers her staff as well as the students to reach their fullest potential. Every morning on the intercom, she reminds the students of their purpose and motivates them to complete their journey. She entices them by encouraging them to “Smell the aroma of their diploma.” She makes sure the students know that the mission is to “Commit to Commencement, College and Career!” Dr. Pope is always eager to demonstrate what she expects. Each week, the staff is inspired to transform so we can advance our mission. We are reminded that “No one rises to low expectations.” Learning experiences witnessed between students and Dr. Kesia Pope… Dr. Pope use every opportunity to provide a learning experience for the students of Bay Springs High School. Even if they have difficulty recognizing the importance of the level of expectations that are set for them, the standard does not change. She has personally tutored students who have struggled with state testing. She has taught classes when the teacher was absent to protect instructional time. It is evident that she knows her research, by mandating the students to read, read, read!!! Ability to add to the development of the schools atmosphere… The weekly faculty meetings and the weekly emails are just a few ways that Dr. Pope demonstrates how she adds to the development of the schools atmosphere, creating a positive school climate. During a weekly faculty meeting, the agenda consist of accolades, a demonstration of differentiated instruction, and opportunities for teachers to address any concerns. This is vital to ensure that the faculty and staff are adhering to the mission of the school, with the students as a priority. The weekly emails provide the vision for the week. It always begins with an inspirational quote. Commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere… The campus of Bay Springs High School is a campus that encourages students to excel and become self-actualized. The bulletin boards in the halls are a constant reminder of where they would like to be. The students have a sense of pride by observing their accomplishments displayed on the walls. The faculty and staff have their graduation institutions posted outside their classrooms. Dr. Pope is visible and maintains an open door. How she influence/changed student’s lives… I believe that Dr. Pope has given the students of Bay Springs the opportunity to see themselves in a greater light. She has stretched them to know that there is always room for growth. She also meets them where they are, not allowing them to give in to their excuses. The students respect that Dr. Pope is fair, and she is not going to mistreat any student.

Dr. Deadra Cassell Posted over a year ago

It has been an honor to have worked with Kesia Pope over the past few years! She is truly an inspiration to all of her colleagues as well as her students. She commits each day to make a difference in the lives of those with whom she comes in contact. Kesia has a passion for education and the overall success for each and every student. This is a well deserved nomination and honor for Dr. Kesia Pope!

MANNIX MCLAURIN CPT (RET) Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope demonstrates the ability to share her knowledge, rather than merely keeping it to herself.  She transforms the concepts of education discipline into terms that are understandable to the teachers and students under her leadership. Dr. Pope sets clear goals, uses valid and appropriate assessment methods and provides high-quality feedback to both her teachers and students.Dr. Pope displays a high level of respect for teachers and students; she is interested in both their professional and personal growth.  She encourages independence and she sets high expectations of them both on and off school campus.

Selma Patricia Fluker Posted over a year ago

It pleases me immensely to recommend Dr. Kesia Pope for The Life Changer of The Year. I know her as a student, a coworker and as a sorority member. As a student, Kesia took the most challenging course as well as being involved in extracurricular actives. Kesia graduated in the top of her class. As a teacher she mastered her subject and took an interest in her students, which included staying after school to provide extra help and offer encouragement. As a sorority member, Kesia serves on the Economic Development Committee and is instrumental in leading various programs that serves the community. In addition to the foremention attributes she helped the scholarship committee by encouraging students to apply for scholarships and if needed assisted students in getting their applications completed and turned in on time. Lastly Kesia is kind, loving, giving and always thinking of ways to help others. She is dedicated to every task that she takes on and does it to the best of her ability. Dr. Kesia Pope has helped to change many lives. Please give her every consideration for this honor.

Regrick young Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is the epitome of a leader. She has the innate ability to inspire and motivate her students to excel not only in the classroom but in life as well. She has an energetic spirit that radiates throughout the school, reaching teachers and students alike. Her inspirational quotes are one of a kind causing both teachers and students to achieve goals far beyond their own expectations.

Theron Thompkins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is very inspiring person. I have known Dr. Pope for many years she worked her way from being a biology teacher, to assistant principal and now she the Principal of Bay Spring. Dr. Pope have help change many students lives in and out the classroom setting. I have enjoyed working Dr. Pope and I am very proud of her achievement.

Dominique Hilton Posted over a year ago

I remember Dr. Pope's first day at Hattiesburg High School. She came in and made her present known. If you had a class taught by Dr. Pope, you were well educated. She was determined to see every student educated...if she had to rhyme...she rhymed. Education wasn't just academics, it was the whole student. I am very thankful for exceptional educators like her!

Staci Hughes Posted over a year ago

This nomination essay is 100% accurate! I could not think of any one better to receive this award than Dr. Pope. She not only changes the lives of her students but also the lives of her colleagues and friends. She takes advantage of every moment in life to reach out and influence others. I met her my first year in administration and clung to her side because I recognized the excellence that I could learn from her. She is an inspiration to everyone she meets!

Dr. Elaine Dean Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Pope while she was at Hattiesburg High School and I can attest to the fact that she is very enthusiastic about teaching and learning. Every platform she takes shows her prowess as an educator, as well as an educator’s educator. She shows excellent creativity when it comes to teaching and leading others. It comes as no surprise that she is excelling in her current endeavors because she is not one to settle for less than the best. Congratulations “LifeCharger” on your nomination for “LifeChanger”. Certainly, those of us the have had the honor to meet you have our lives changed for the better!

Jan Jordan Posted over a year ago

Wow,Kesia are might I say Dr. Pope.She has been a client, mentee,friend but most all well accomplished. What ever she takes on task wise relentless in getting it done. I'm so proud of aid

Gabriel Jones Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was more then just my biology teacher, she was an instrumental part of my highschool life. She was a very detailed oriented person and demanded nothing but excellence from every single student. Her determination and drive rubbed off on me in the most positive way ever. Because of Dr. Pope I feel I can accomplish anything and everything from those life skills she taught me in biology. Dr. Pope is a true icon within this community and the most upstanding, deserving person for this award.

Allison Hinz Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an outstanding administrator who holds her students and teachers to the highest standards, consistentially pushing both to reach their potential. Her passion for education is evident, and her enthusiasm never wavers. Dr. Pope is firm but fair. She has positively impacted the education of countless students. She has personally encouraged me as a educator to design hands-on lesson plans which embed technology and include differentiated instruction. Her number one mission is to see students succeed, and she will do what it takes to make that happen.

Deborah G. Martin Posted over a year ago

It was an honor to meet Dr. Kesia Pope approximately twenty-three years ago. If memory serves me right, she had recently returned home after graduating from Jackson State University. Since that time, I have had the pleasure of watching Dr.Kesia Pope develop into an excellent teacher and leader of leaders while exhibiting great energy and demanding excellence from all. I am most impressed with the high expectations that she has for all students, especially students with disabilities. There are so many adjectives that I could use to describe Dr. Kesia Pope's innovative leadership style, but what strikes me most about this life-changer is that she is also a "lifelong learner." Leaders who are lifelong learners take risks, actively seek the opinions and ideals of others, and don't make the assumption that they know it all. Dr. Pope uses these qualities of a lifelong learner to make meaningful change within the school community and community at-large. It is without hesitation that I nominate Dr. Kesia Pope for LIFECHANGER OF THE YEAR!

Allen Travis Posted over a year ago

Dr. pope is a very hardworking and determined woman, truefully if it wasn't for her and her constant "it will be done" attitude I really don't know where I'll be at in my life right now. She made a major impact on me while I was in high school going through a rough time of passing a biology test. Dr. Pope came in and turned my mindset from "I won't ever pass this test " to "watch you blow this test out the water" and from me learning from her and with her constantly pushing me and working with me never giving up that's exactly what I did. It was amazing to me how much care she has for the kids and making sure that they succeed and do better in life, I can say that because I was one of them.

Brittney Hoover Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope was my assistant principal in the HPSD, and she was absolutely phenomenal in her passion, drive and pedagogy! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than her! Absolutely amazing in her practice!!

Johnny Johnso Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is most deserving of this award. Her dedication to education is unmatched in Mississippi.

Jermaine Brown Posted over a year ago

It has been my pleasure to know Dr. Kesia Pope for a long time....over 30 years while we were both were students at HHS and JSU and colleagues back at HHS. She is truly deserving of this honor because of her tenacity as a school and community leader. She has impacted so many students (and staff) to reach their true potential. I am extremely proud to support her nomination.

Shanece Gray Posted over a year ago

I graduated in May of 2008. Dr. Kesia Pope is an outstanding, amazing, and compassionate educator and person. She produced many great ideas and ways to teach us. She always seeks out the best in each teacher and student, regardless of background, race, or income. She knows the capability of which each person valuably possesses and pushes you until you reach the ultimate goal. Thank you for everything Dr. Pope!

Anthony J. Stallings Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope has been the epitome of educators and a facilitator of education. Dr. Kesia Pope is a fierce, professional competitor. Everything that she touches, every situation that she becomes aware of is a challenge that she uses as a stepping stone for progress. She was born to make a difference. She breathes into others how they will make a difference and she exudes the confidence that says what else in life is there to do but make a difference. As a 20-year retired Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Force/Air Force Reserve, I have witnessed this type of achievement in what the military considers the best of the best. Dr. Pope is the type of leader that men and women would follow to the end. As a 30-year minister of the Gospel and a Pastor, it is my hope that I can touch at least half of the many lives that Dr. Kesia Pope has changed. And as a 21-year educator and a native New Yorker, I believe that Dr. Pope is not just one of the best Mississippi can offer, she represents the best the world has to offer.

Ken Lantz Posted over a year ago

I had the honor of working with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High School.

Dr. Edna R. Thomas Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the ultimate educator for modeling a focus on students yet using distributive leadership to engage her staff in having the same high expectations for all students. She is a believer in equity and creates a culture where both students and teachers can be risk takers. Mistakes are taken as learning opportunities in order to determine the best resources and supports that need to be used so that everyone experiences success. With her, it is always about the student, and she works to discover ways to include the families and the community. Celebration of small successes is the norm and the value placed on each individual who contributed is immeasurable. Since she has become principal, she has exposed both her students and staff to experiences and places that they never dreamed of knowing about. She is changing the lives of students and their families, enhancing the lives of her teachers and staff and building a living relationship with businesses and community.

Andrelle Nicholson Posted over a year ago

I have worked with and under Dr. Kesia Pope. As a faculty member, I watched her interact with students and parents for the maximum student achievement. She not only embraced one-on-one tutoring with difficult students but also made house calls when telephone calls and notes home proved unsuccessful to make parents aware of and to keep them abreast of changes in curriculum, their students' behavior, and any academic situation that needed addressing. She often stayed after regular school hours to assist students with problems with class materials and homework. For teachers, she was always offering suggestions for presenting a particularly complex idea and or how to engage the students more, in other words, how to create a more conducive and active learning environment. For students, she was always suggesting how to redirect questionable behavior in order to stay in school, in class, and on task. I enjoyed learning from her and noting how she handled various situations, academic and behavioral. As a principal, she was always looking into what works with successful schools. She would call, visit, and encourage the faculty to do the same, and even give us names of schools and websites to contact. I witnessed her "putting on the gloves and rolling up the sleeves" to help a faculty member having issues with students and classes. "It's all right," "That'll do," and mediocrity are not part of her academic success standards. Dr. Pope is always reaching for excellence in her co-workers, faculty, students, parents, and herself. She is a mover and a shaker who believes quitting comes after achievement. She is constantly seeking improvement. If there is an opportunity for that, she will not wait to be asked, such as the time when she chose to obtain National Boards Certification. She said the process and the certificate were opportunities for self-improvement and another help for her students. Help for her students was always a priority for her which made her very competitive with campus challenges: class with the best Homecoming cheer, most cans for the needy for Thanksgiving, and football fan support. Also, I am witness to her instilling in her students how to become independent by working for what they wanted. She showed them how to sell candy and cans to make money for their school trips, prom rentals, and so on. She demonstrated to them how to make the money and how to account for their income and expenditures, and how to spend their money wisely, including saving for that proverbial "rainy day." Dr. Pope is truly a dedicated, ambitious, and selfless educator. The educational family is blessed that she has chosen to become so goal-oriented in academics and student achievement, and I am blessed that our paths have crossed..

Corey Mackey Posted over a year ago

No one deserves this great honor more than Dr. Pope. She has changed the mindset of the entire school at Bay Springs both teachers and students. Many will always remember he favorite saying “No one rises to low expectations.” She has not only changed students ways of thinkIng, it’s starting to leak into the community. Dr. Pope is most definitely a life changer.

Brandon Edwards Posted over a year ago

Ms. Kesia Pope definitely deserves this. Was never one of my teachers but my classmates can definitely vouch that she was an amazing teacher and individual overall. I’ve had the opportunity to be selected to travel with her class to Atlanta in high school for a class trip. Definitely one of my highlights in school. From teacher to principal she still excels. Perfect candidate

Gay Magee Posted over a year ago

I am just in awe of Dr. Pope and the passion she exemplifies for her community, school and students. Dr. Pope is all in with whatever the endeavor. Dr. Pope is committed to making a difference in the lives of children.Anyone that has the pleasure of hearing her speak would not only be captivated, but also motivated to join her efforts to forge ahead for change! I give Dr. Pope my highest adulation and reccomendation for this award!

Tonsa Vaughn Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an amazing educator who inspires others with her tirelessly efforts to improve educational experiences for students. She is truly a change agent.

Cathy ROSS Woulard Posted over a year ago

From a personal srandpoint, i have known Dr. Pope most of her life. Even as a child, she would ask questions and waited for the answer. As an adult I have seen her achieve so much in a short span of time. Always concerned about students and their achievements. Concentrating on ways to improve their lives and education. Going the extra extra extra mile to make sure that as many as would allow have what they needed to fulfill their life's goals. Staying after school to help those who would stay with her to better their learning abilities. Deserving, most definitely so. A go getter. Does not wait for anyone to make the change she views as necessary and beneficial for the students. She is most deserving of this great award.

Rononda Hollingsworth Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is a productive leader in the community as well as in the school. She takes pride in all she does whether soliciting donations to financially assist students to attend Jackson State University or supplying uniforms for students who are in need. Dr. Pope is committed to producing a nurturing atmosphere for staff & students. The teachers and staff appreciate the pound cakes she bakes and serves during meetings. She is willing to sacrifice of herself for the kids' education. In the middle of discipline sessions, she gives imprumptu lessons in biology, history or English as needed. When she sees students going down the wrong path, she works on the critical issues and does the hard work that is necessary to positively impact their lives. She makes the most of every chance to prepare students for the reality they will face after graduation. Dr. Pope believes and behaves in a manner to bring out the best in everyone. Her special style of getting results, when interacting with students, parents and staff, confirms that she is a lifechanger.

Stephen Jackson Posted over a year ago

Wow! Dr. Pope is a definition of being a life changer. She has been very supportive of my class (2010) and I since freshman year. She stayed on countless hours making sure we follow our school moto at the time,” Don’t just be, Be the BEST!” I would love to see her honor.

Khalia Groves Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope spends her time and energy giving to those both in and out of the school system throughout the year. She gives all that she can to enhance others' educational experiences, and she never expects any special recognition for her actions. Dr. Pope is the embodiment of selflessness, and she truly deserves the Life Changer of the Year award.

Joey Wade Posted over a year ago

I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Pope about 6 years ago. She was my mentor in the Teacher Induction Academy here in Hattiesburg. Dr. Pope is one of the most knowledgeable educators I've ever been around. She is also very caring and she always went out of her way to make sure I understood about every aspect of teaching that I needed to know. Dr. Pope also does a lot of community work and is very supportive of kids who compete on different stages academically as well as athletically. Dr. Pope has had a huge effect on my progressions as an educator as well as many others and I think that this is one of many reasons why she should win the Life Changer of the Year Award.

Ronnie Gilbert Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope my entire life and she has been changing lives since I can remember. One of the most memorable ways that she change my life personally, is by helping make my decision of going to Jackson State so much easier. Dr. Pope is a JSU alum and very active in her alumni chapter. When I expressed to her I was interested in going to Jackson State, she started telling me about different scholarships that I should apply for. I was the reciprient of the Hattiesburg JSU Alumni Chapter Scholarship. I also recall Dr. Pope taking students to high school day at different colleges and universities. She has always been an advocate for education. I feel that Dr. Pope should receive The Life Changer of the Year award simply because she changes and touches lives every day. Best Wishes Dr. Pope!!

Loleatha Miller Posted over a year ago

Through the years of knowing Dr. Pope as a parent and colleague, she has been compassionate, collaborative, and resourceful. She doesn't mind doing whatever it takes to make sure that the education of her child and students are top notch. She believes in a no excuse policy when it comes to doing your best. I value her knowledge and her desire to share it with others. She absolutely deserves to be recognized for her dedication to education.

Emma Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is a qualified contributor to the academic growth of the students at Bay Springs High School, as she sets high standards and expectations for teachers, administrators, and students. Her most popular quote is, “No one rises to low expectations.” Dr. Pope begins each academic school year providing dynamic, informative, professional development sessions for the staff. As an ongoing source of motivation, she provides monthly sessions to reinforce, or revise, the instructional strategies developed. While meeting with students and parents at the beginning of each year, and sharing previous year’s accomplishments, Dr. Pope unveils her current year’s expectations. Under the instructional leadership of Dr. Pope, the average reading level of our students has risen. Dr. Pope has committed her abilities and energy to approximately two hundred fifty low income, ninety-eight per cent minority high school students who averaged a third-grade reading level in years past. Dr. Pope’s constant push for students to “read, read, read” and the implementation of a daily remediation block have caused a rise in the average reading level of Bay Springs High School; and the level continues to rise. Bay Springs High School grew from a C rated school to a B rated school during her first year as Principal. The school has maintained the B rating and was reportedly only eight points shy of achieving an A rating for this past academic school year. Dr. Pope may be seen picking up trash and emptying trash cans or sweeping and mopping the halls. She provides remediation for students struggling to pass state exit exams and serves as classroom substitute in a teacher’s absence. She sheds tears of joy for students’ accomplishments and sheds tears for students and families in times of pain and sorrow. As the Guidance Counselor and Principal, we work closely to ensure that students are elevated beyond high school whether it's college, military, or the world of work. Dr. Kesia Pope exemplifies courage and dedication as a woman and a leader in education. She is a LifeChanger!

ChuKeecia White-Steele Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is one of the most passionate people that I have ever had the opportunity to meet. She has impacted my life on more than one occasion! As one of the principals at Hattiesburg High School, where I was a student, Dr. Pope further opened up my interests in going to college by personally inviting me, along with other students, on a trip to Jackson State University. On this trip I got the privilege to experience the different aspects of colleges and the uniqueness of their campuses. In part, the trip is one of the reasons I strived for excellence all throughout my high school career and now I am in my junior year of college. I am grateful to have met and been a student underneath the wing of Dr. Pope. She has truly helped mold me into the student I am today.

Centryanna Patterson Posted over a year ago

I’ve had the pleasure to have met and grow close to such a wonderful and inspirational woman like Dr. Pope. I first met her at Hattiesburg High School upon entering the ninth grade. She use to always say on the intercom, “Smell the Aroma of your Diploma” and it stuck with me! She was always seen on campus and actively engaged with the students so a lot of us grew very fond of her. She always had things for us to participate in on campus that was educational but also exciting and fun! She also took students to Jackson State University High School Day where we were able to tour the school, apply for scholarships, learn about the different departments they had to offer while getting a little glimpse of the HBCU experience. As the years went by, I grew closer to her personally because she was willing to go the extra mile for her students and that’s the kind of motivation and encouragement that I needed. From then on, whenever she needed me to do anything for her I would do it with no hesitation because she was such a sweet person that you could easily work with! Two years in a row, I have participated in her fashion show/scholarship fundraiser that is held by the Hattiesburg Chapter of JSU Alumni Association and I love it! This fashion show/scholarship fundraiser idea reveals how passionate she is about helping her students succeed and how creative she is for finding a fun and engaging way to get people to come out and support. Im also doing it again this year because it’s really a great event to be apart of! As President of the Hattiesburg Chapter of JSU Alumni Association, Dr. Pope has given local students, who decide to attend Jackson State University, scholarships that are very beneficial for financial aid while in college. This thoughtful gesture has helped me pay for books while in college and helped many other students with their tuition costs. With her motivation and inspiration I went on to graduate as Valedictorian of Hattiesburg High School. She has influenced me to attend THEE Jackson State University where I received a full academic scholarship. If it wasn’t for her none of this would have been possible. She is definitely a Life Changer! She has inspired me to strive for success and she still has me “smelling the aroma of my diploma and following my nose”

Delores McNair Posted over a year ago

I am happy to express the reasons why I believe Dr. Kesia Pope should be named LifeChanger of the year. I have known Dr. Pope since her early childhood years. She has always exhibited a spirit of learning, leadership and tenacity. I had no doubt she would do extraordinary things in her chosen career path. Fortunately for the State of Mississippi, she chose education and remained to become a beacon for our students in public schools. I was happy to see her return to her Alma mater in Hattiesburg to teach biology. She gave her students not only lessons from the textbook, but social and professional knowledge. An encounter with Dr. Pope leaves a person motivated to succeed and reach beyond their limitations. On a visit to Bay Springs High School, I witnessed Dr. Pope’s interactions with her students, specifically the seniors. The admiration and respect given to Dr. Pope was genuine and she returned the same. Dr. Pope is a LifeChanger and will continue to change lives along her path of success. After all, her parents are shining examples of LifeChangers.

Shandel Williams Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an enthusiastic educator, who exemplifies the meaning of love, support, dedication, and discipline all in one setting. She always go above and beyond her call of duty in providing resources that is beneficial for parents, and the students success. Dr. Pope works consistently and whole heartedly in completing whatever task that is set before her. Therefore, she models a love for working with teachers, students, and parents. Best Wishes Dr. Pope!

Zachary K. Murphy Posted over a year ago

Working with Dr. Kesia Pope was transformative for both my life and career. Her mentoring played a huge role in what I dreamed possible for myself inside and outside of the classroom. Her laser-focused, constructive critiques helped me more than she could ever imagine. She built me up, coached me, and truly enabled me to realize what was possible for my career as an educator. Years later, I began my search for a position in administration. It was Dr. Pope who was offering advice and encouragement. Her positivity is contagious, and her passion for seeing others lives change for the better is the bedrock of her character. She consistently goes above what is expected, and has the tenacity to bring that out in others. I am a better educator, administrator, and person because our paths crossed. I have zero reservation in recognizing the magnificent contributions of this remarkable human. She most assuredly is a LifeChanger!!

Melodi Dixon Wyatt Posted over a year ago

To say the least, Dr. Kesia Pope is one beautiful, stunning, poised, intelligent, wise, fearless, courageous, bold, and strong woman, born, bred, and groomed to change the world. She blazes uncharted territories, she craves challenges, she makes the impossible look simple. She has sacrificed her blood, sweat, and tears to not only making a difference but also being the difference in society. Dynamic in every aspect of her life, a lifelong learner, a scholar-- continually polishing her craft, Dr. Pope is the example of what all educators, novice and veterans, should model after and she is one of the very reasons I am the educator I am today. Everything she does, every word she says, all is done in the spirit of excellence. If ever the world of education needed a super hero, a role model, a mentor-- we are blessed to know Dr. Pope. She deserves every bit of honor and recoginition!

Diamond Blackston Posted over a year ago

My name is Diamond Blackston, former graduate of Hattiesburg High School and now a senior at Jackson State University. From the years 2010-2014 during my learning at Hattiesburg High School, Dr. Pope was always there for me as a motivator as well as a mentor. Every time I would see her in the halls she was always positive and walking with purpose to better the students. Every encounter I had with her she made sure to ask me, “ how’s your studies going, how’s those grades.” She was actually concerned about my education and cared that I stayed on top of things. I was the captain of our Golden Misses Dance Team at Hattiesburg High and I would always see her cheering and yelling “ go girls!” as we marched to those football games doing what we were so passionate about. So not only was she supportive of our education, she was super supportive of all our extracurricular activities. She would preach to us about how important college was and made sure that we were at every JSU High School Day. We would travel to Jackson, MS to see all the amazing things a University had to offer. Even after I was a student at Jackson State, she would still let me know that the High School was coming and I always made it my business to make sure I was an example to those students as they enjoyed their own experiences at JSU High School Day. Dr. Pope was and will always be a true Jacksonian woman. She inspired me to further my education at Jackson State University and supported me in entering for the HHS Alumni Scholarship back in 2014. I entered and won the scholarship and I was overjoyed knowing that I had the support of Dr. Pope as well as the JSU Alum from Hattiesburg High School. Every year even after graduating high school, Dr. Pope has made sure that I am still focused and motivated. For that, I will always be appreciative of her for encouraging me and being a life changer!

Jasmine Haynes Posted over a year ago

I worked with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High school. She always encouraged students and faculty members. As a teacher she was innovative when teaching lessons. As an administrator, she was firm and fair. She was passionate about seeing students achieve. She not only desires to see students achieve, but desires the same for her colleagues. When I discussed my concern about my next career move, she encouraged me and told me she knows I'll do well. I support her 100% as a recipient of this honor. I can't think of anyone more deserving than Dr. Pope.

Derricka Thomas Posted over a year ago

I had the privilege to serve as a colleague and fellow administrator with Dr.Pope for more than ten years. She is most deserving of this award and recognition. Dr. Pope is an exceptional educator who serves all stakeholders entrusted to her leadership. She is innovative and knowledgeable of meeting the needs of the 21st Century Learners and Educator. In addition to being an incredible professional, she is a servant of her church, community and alumnus organizations. I petition her selection for this honor.

Khalil Pope Posted over a year ago

It has been a distinct honor and a privilege to have Dr.Pope as a teacher, principal, and mother. I have been able to accomplish several goals in my life because of the wisdom, love, knowledge, and insight that my Dr.Pope has graciously given me. My mom is one of the best administrators in the world because she petfotns at an exceptionally high level and she has never stopped working. Mama went from taking a leap of faith and going to the Hattiesburg High School classroom to teach just to buy my baby pampers, to being a administrator of her own school to help see me through college. I have seen her climb and never stop. I remember those late nights at Hattiesburg high school she spent preparing numerous strategies for my schoolmates to pass their subject area tests. I remember all of her former students praising her whether they liked her or not and thanking her fr changing their lives. As a true product and a prodigy of Dr. Kesia T. Pope, I proudly recommend her for this prestigious award!

Myrtis O’Neal Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an awesome educator who expects and models excellence in her field.

Anita Moffett Posted over a year ago

I had the honor to work with Dr. Pope for 10 years at Hattiesburg High. She was always very positive and enthusiastic in and out of the classroom. I have had the honor of attending several workshops and her enthusiastic attitude can always be felt. As I served as Academic Coach and Dr. Pope as Assistant Principal, I had the opportunity to work with her to help student's be successful in class as well as preparing for graduating. I remember traveling with her to Mississippi State University with several students who needed to retake one of the Subject Area Test to be able to graduate. As I reviewed skills and strategies for the Algebra Test, she was doing the same with the students who were retaking the Biology Test. She was always going above and beyond. Her passion and energy continued from classroom teacher to administrator. Dr. Pope leads by example and she definitely is a great leader. I am honored to have had the pleasure of knowing and learning from Dr. Pope. With these remarks, I support this nomination and can positively state that Dr. Kesia Pope is well deserving to receive the Life Changer of the Year award.

Montique Clark Posted over a year ago

Since the age of 8, I have had the pleasure of being friends with Dr. Pope. Being a witness to see and be apart of her journey of accomplishments has been a pleasure and blessing. Needless to say, this is just the beginning of what Dr. Pope has and will continue to conquer and achieve. She changed my life, in more ways than one, which benefits not only me, but my family. Hats off, Dr. Pope.

Brandon Bell Posted over a year ago

Dr.Pope has been nothing less than a leader in my life. She started off as my principal at Hattiesburg High School for the 9th grade academy! My first sign of trouble, she made it extremely clear that my actions would not be tolerated. At that moment, it wasn’t her firmness that made me realize she actually cared more than the average principal, it was her conversation afterwards. She asked me my aspiring goals in the future. She made me think and articulate my thoughts into ways I couldn’t have imagined at the time. That conversation changed my life for the better. I realized she has done things I wanted to do. She has overcome adversity that I was going to experience. From joining the Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band at Jackson State University to being a non-stop leader in anything she is involved with. She has dedicated her life to helping others! She deserves the Life Changing Award!

Margaret Hull Posted over a year ago

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Kesia Pope three years ago. She is an excellent motivator when it comes to the educational needs of her students. Dr. Pope will go above and beyond to help students do their best in every area of achievement. Her approach to her students is remarkable. When it comes to educating and uplifting students, she is truly a life changing, inspirational educator and mentor.

Coach Ernie Watson Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope since 2010, without question she is truly deserving of this award. I worked with Dr. Pope when she was my assistant principal at Hattiesburg High. She is truly one of the most positive people I have ever met. Her positivity is contagious and she never stops encouraging you to be the best that you could be. I find myself quoting her sayings to my players when it comes to encouragement or motivation. She is driven by education, believing every child can learn. Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger. She believes in the potential of every student in her school. I hope I get a chance to work with her again, its hard to find LifeChangers in your career.

James Hollingsworth Posted over a year ago

She was my teacher in high school she has been one best teacher and friend I had because she cares ...always there when I was playing football and basketball even after hs..thank you Mrs Pope

Derrick Williams Posted over a year ago

First and foremost, I would like to say congratulations to Dr. Pope for being nominated to receive such a prestigious award. I was one of the many students she taught biology at Hattiesburg High School. To this day, I can still remember the big fat “F” I made on my first biology test. I thought that because I was good friends with her sister that I would not have to study. Dr. Pope told me these very words, “If your going to pass this class, Derrick, you are going to have to pay attention and study.” I quickly got the picture that she was a fair, no nonsense teacher. I thank her for the tough love she gave me and for especially taking time out after school to tutor me and give me advice on how to study for difficult science concepts. Dr. Pope arranged travel for students to attend High School Day at her alma mater, Jackson State University. Some of us had never experienced a college campus. So those trips were definitely eye opening and life changing. Her impact was crucial in my college admission and graduation. Since then, Dr. Pope encouraged me to substitute teach at Hattiesburg High School. I did and she checked on me during the day and coached me through the challenges of substituting. During our last conversation Dr. Pope laid out the process for me to earn my educator's licence to become a certified teacher. I am definitely considering following in her footsteps. As I reflect, I see Dr. Pope as a constant, positive and intense force in my life urging me to take next steps, move forward and build my future. Take it from Derrick Williams. Dr. Pope changed my life for the better.

Krystal Pollitz Posted over a year ago

I had the great honor to have Dr. Pope as my biology teacher and cheerleading coach at Hattiesburg High School. She is truly one of the most positive people I have met throughout my life and was an inspiration both in and out of the classroom. Her positivity is infectious and she never stopped encouraging you to be the best you could be. I vividly remember those hot days on the track during cheerleading practice with Dr. Pope. We would be running laps and she would be literally lapping all of us yelling "one more, you can do this!" She encouraged us to keep trying and never allowed failure to be an option. Her outlook on life changed my life and my perspective to keep going when things get rough. She has inspired me as a positive role model, leader, teacher and coach. She is most deserving of the Life Changer of the Year award as she truly is a life changer.

Robert Sanders Posted over a year ago

I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Pope for the past 11 years and I can say without question that she is truly deserving of this award. I worked with Dr. Pope when she was a teacher and I can remember walking into her classroom and being amazed at the level of student engagement and total focus on the lesson at hand. Dr. Pope's passion for teaching was felt by her students who reciprocated with their attention and interest. I was so impressed that I selected her to become an Assistant Principal at our school so that her influence could surpass the four walls of her classroom. Just as I had suspected, the same passion, energy and effort she exhibited as a teacher exuded her duties as Assistant Principal. Dr. Pope takes student achievement personal and she works tirelessly to ensure that ALL students can achieve at optimal levels. I have witnessed Dr. Pope take a struggling, novice teacher and transform them into a confident, well organized, better prepared and results driven professional that is now getting amazing results from their students. I also remember a student who was endanger of not graduating because they had not passed the state's Biology I test and Dr. Pope, while she was an Assistant Principal, began tutoring this student after school and on Saturdays and the student finally passed and graduated. Dr. Pope is committed to the success of every child and she will do whatever it takes to help them succeed. Dr. Pope is a true "LifeChanger" and I am honored to know her and have worked with her. Her character and commitment has changed my life as well as countless others. It is for these reasons that I offer my 100% support of Dr. Kesia Pope's nomination for the 2017-2018 "LifeChanger" of the Year Award.

Mattie R. Rasco Posted over a year ago

I am writing in support of Dr. Kesia Pope as a LifeChanger of the Year Award nominee. I feel that she is well-deserving of being granted this distinguished award. Thus, I highly recommend her, without hesitation. I have known Dr. Pope since her childhood and school attendance years. She was an outstanding student and in my assessment, has carried those outstanding assets into her professional life. This is evidenced by her enhanced thirst for creative mentoring of her staff, students, and others in her charge. Dr. Pope offers a unique perspective in maintaining a healthy and inviting school atmosphere and really embraces the opportunity to provide effective hands-on learning environments and experiences for all in her charge. She has consistently shown promise and commitment to her chosen position, displaying strong organizational skills and support for the organization/program in which she is employed. She takes the initiative in seeking and participating in activities for both personal and professional development. Dr. Pope continues to impress me with her knowledge, skills and dedication to her work and tenacity to set and complete goals. In fact, within the past two years, she has successfully lead the way for greatly increased ratings for her school system. She is a highly motivated, competent, and committed individual who has grown into a successful professional and a true LifeChanger.

Dr. Lynne Houston Posted over a year ago

I had the distinct honor of working with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High School. In our nine years together I recognized that Dr. Pope offered a rare gift of knowledge and proficiency, coupled with creative energy and deep caring for her fellow administrators, faculty, staff and students. In her work she shared her depth of experience with diverse populations in an atmosphere of sensitivity, kindness, and humor. She consistently offered her services beyond what was expected in the many projects she completed, displaying the highest form of integrity. She is truly the epitome of an educator who exemplifies the characteristics of a LifeChanger!!

Ryan Schilling Posted over a year ago

I am thankful to have worked with Dr. Keisa Pope at Hattiesburg High School. Her guidance and support as a principal, creativity and commitment as an educator, and trustworthiness and honesty as a colleague make her a true Life Changer. She has always possessed an extraordinary talent of bringing the classroom to life, and going the extra mile to make the most of every educational opportunity for her students. For example, she has organized annual class trips to Germany that have provided students with once in a lifetime learning opportunities and broader global perspectives. I must also add that her love for teaching and learning is contagious, as she regularly inspires both faculty and students to put forth their best. This capacity to motivate others is reflective of her exceptional leadership abilities. I, and so many others, have developed as educators, thanks to Dr. Pope's guidance,

Desshondra Walker Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is an extraordinary educator . I can recall going into her classroom, during my first year of teaching and being mesmerized by her talents. The enthusiasm for learning was evident in her classroom, her office, and her personality. Students were not given a choice as to whether to participate in her classroom because it was mandatory. She uses every moment as a teachable moment when interacting with students in the classroom, hallway, and school. As an administrator, she is always modeling instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom during professional development sessions. As a mentor, she has shown me the significance of the three R's ( rigor,relevance, and relationships) in education. She has traveled the world to gain a better understanding of other cultures as it relates to education. She is driven by her purpose which is to educate everyone. Dr. Kesia Pope is a LifeChanger because she truly believes in the power of education and being an example for others to follow. She believes in the potential of every student in her school and in her presence.

Jocelyn Lock-Thrash Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is one of the most energetic, creative, and dedicated educators I know. I had the pleasure and opportunity of working with her at Hattiesburg High and was always amazed at her ability to motivate others. She sincerely cares about her students and colleagues and is able to balance that caring team-player attitude while remaining a professional leader. Thank you Dr. Pope for being an excellent role model and life changer!

Frankie Person Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is an extraordinary individual whom I feel should have long been recognized in a huge way by her peers as one of God's angels who walks the walk and not just talks the talk. She has made such a positive impact on young people and adults since the beginning of her time here on earth. It is with much gratitude and heartfelt "Thanks to Kesia that I have even gained much confidence in myself as it relates to my purpose in life. Dr. Pope earned this recognition a very long time ago and I pray all things work in her favor she is a "LIFECHANGER"... Thank you!

Howard Savage, Jr. Ed.D Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope not only goes the extra mile for students, she prepares them for lessons outside of the classroom. Her leadership in developing teachers are second to none. While working with Dr. Pope, she mentored me in how to work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote the vision of the learning organization. The time she spent helping develop my leadership ultimately helped me secure my own job as a principal. Life-changer is what Dr. Pope is and has always been since meeting her over ten years ago. It would be a great award given to a person that deserves its!

Melvia Fountain Jackson Posted over a year ago

I, too, bare witness to the innovative, engaging practices that Dr. Polk employs to reach both students and parents. Her enthusiasm and passion guides her in the development of thought-provoking, out of the box activities that she actively participates in. She brings the larger community into the school house at every opportunity by networking with local businesses and organizations. She has been instrumental in the development of the youth initiative of Forrest County NAACP. As an administrator , I recruited a young and evolving Dr. Polk to supervise my summer programs. I recognized in her a budding mastery in leadership and innovation and sought to mentor those attributes. She never let me down and has blossomed into the leader I knew she would be.

Derek O Collins Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope is the epitome of what it is to be a principal. While at school she consistently sought to uplift students through the use of various educational activities. I've witnessed the marvelous events that she has orchestrated to increase student involvement. Through these programs, Dr. Pope encourages student growth inside and outside of school. While she does insist that students enjoy themselves within the boundaries of the school, Dr. Pope also commands respect from her students. However, she doesn't even have to command the respect that she receives from students. They are willing to give her the respect that she deserves due to the pride that they see Dr. Pope takes in her work. Speaking from my own personal experience, Dr. Pope has greatly effected my life. She has consistently provided me with a platform to use my ability as a speaker to connect the community. She has also placed me in contact with other individuals within my local community that want to see me reach my full potential as a student and beyond. She is certainly deserving of this reward for it embodies everything that Dr. Pope is. She is truly a life changer.

Peggy Brockman Varnado Posted over a year ago

It has been my good fortune to work with Dr. Pope while she was an administrator at Hattiesburg High School and more recently in her capacity of Principal of Bay Springs High School in West Jasper County, Mississippi. Last school year, Dr. Pope invited me to present a full day prep class for the A.C.T. which many of her students were taking in the upcoming weeks. I taught that class to an auditorium filled with her students who were more orderly, attentive, and appreciative than any other large group I've worked with in my job as an educational consultant who works with students in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. It was obvious from Dr. Pope's introduction of me that she was working to instill in her students the critical importance of academic excellence and careful planning for graduation and college, including serious preparation for the ACT entrance exam. Dr. Pope is one of the few principals who sent her core faculty members to my test prep sessions so that they could implement effective test taking strategies into their own teaching and testing. Her tireless efforts have resulted in a significant improvement in the grading/ranking of her high school. I have been a first hand observer of her dedication and caring for her students and her hard work in providing every opportunity for her students and her faculty. Her ability to inspire her students and teachers makes her a true life changer. I can think of no one who is more deserving of this award. Through her personal and her professional life, she embodies the qualifications of a true changer of lives. Her selection for this award would serve as a further inspiration to her students who see her as a significant role model in their lives. On a personal note, Dr. Pope inspires me with her integrity and enthusiasm and great love for her fellow human beings. I am humbled and grateful to know and collaborate professionally with Dr. Kesia Pope, and I have high hopes that she will be recognized with this prestigious award.

Dr. Dena Hurst Semmons Posted over a year ago

I have known and worked with Dr. Kesia Pope since 2002. I often sat in on her classes when she taught Biology at Hattiesburg High. Her lectures were always engaging, interactive, and energizing. Her students continuously scored proficient on the State tests. She was always in full control of her classroom. She was one of the few teachers who exposed her students to not only science but to cultural experiences as well. She sponsored annual trips to Europe and other field trips in various cities and states. As an Assistant Principal she still conducted tutoring sessions in Biology to assist students in passing the State test. She was a fair, yet firm administrator. She garnered the respect of students, staff, and her peers. She has always been professional and tactful when communicating with students and staff. Subsequently, we all wanted to assist her with anything she requested of us. Dr. Pope is definitely a life changer and most deserving of this award.

Claire Thompson Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of serving on faculty with Dr. Pope at Hattiesburg High School. She was caring, enthusiastic and professional. Her debate team background inspired exciting lesson plans and school activities, in addition to memorable motivational slogans! I remember standing behind her as she checked her computer for the results of National Board Certification, and welcoming her to the "ranks" of highly qualified teachers. During my tenure as school librarian, Dr. Pope became an administrator at the school and was unyielding in her support of school libraries, reading, and their impact on students. I believe that she is a "born" teacher, dedicated to helping students reach their full potential and become caring, contributing citizens of their communities. Kesia Pope is, indeed, a life changer and cheerleader to everyone she meets.

Sharon Bell Posted over a year ago

I was fortunate enough to teach with Dr Pope and then serve under her when she became an assistant principal at Hattiesburg High School. She is outstanding as both a teacher and as a principal. She always goes above and beyond for her students and for her teachers. She is hardworking, creative, and dedicated. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor!

Jimmy M Rasco Posted over a year ago

I know Dr. Pope personally as I watched her grow up and become the tremendous leader that she has. I fully support her as a LifeChanger. She allowed me to address her graduating class last year and only hope that I was able to add to her success with them. She doesn't have a bad day and radiates this feeling throughout the Bay Springs school and while there I witnessed a level of respect given a champion. Jimmy

Michael Eubanks Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope is the epitome of a servant leader, who tirelessly works with students, parents, and teachers to help improve the quality of education for all students. Dr. Pope is a phenomenal instructional leader, who with her Biology background, continues to tutor and work with students individually who have not mastered proficiency on the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) End of the Year Assessment. Dr, Pope is committed to serving ALL students and ensuring that they maximize the their full potential overcoming obstacles and challenges that they couldn't overcome themselves. She not only sets high expectations but provides students and teachers with an avenue of obtaining them. Her instructional leadership practices are second to none requiring teachers to teach lessons that are engaging and rigorous in an effort to advance all students towards proficiency. Dr. Pope is a community pillar who is truly an" educational change agent" of our era.

Dr. Earnest Evans, Jr. Posted over a year ago

Dr. Kesia Pope, a person that allows so many people to use her shoulders as platforms for their sometimes troubling issues, yet Dr. Pope has always been available to support, mentor, and encourage us all to be better than ordinary. Dr. Pope is that candle that is always lit as a beacon when needed. Thanks for being such a visible leader within our communities.

Vanessa Brown Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope's resume speaks for it self. She will give the shirt off her back. If you ask her to do something, consider it done. LifeChanger nominee couldn't chose a better person.

Terrica Miller Posted over a year ago

Dr. Pope's passion for her students at Bay Springs High is exceptional. Her passion and desire for our kids to succeed goes up and beyond the call of duty.. Her expression "Smell the aroma of your Diploma" not only pushed my child who was ready to quit to graduate but it encouraged me to go and enroll back in college. Every day I'm thankful for the encouragement not only she gave my graduate(class of 2017) but the constant encouragement of my 9th grader.... Thank you Dr.Pope

Monica Posted over a year ago

She was an awesome teacher and she made learning found.

Vickie Epting-Pope Posted over a year ago

Keisha Pope played a major role in my daughter's life at Hattiesburg high a one point in time I didn't think my daughter would graduate high school but with a lot of coaching pep talks and encouragement she made it thanks to Ms.Pope .

Vermester J Bester Posted over a year ago

I am so happy to be able to share why I believe Dr. Kesia Pope deserves the top LifeChanger of the Year Award. I have been honored to work with Kesia in many different capacities over the thirty years I have known her —high school Geometry teacher, mentor, co-worker, consultant and teacher coach, and now friend. I have watched Kesia grow from student to teacher to administrator and I know that she is not done yet! What I most prize about her is her dedication to the profession by using her talents to help teachers, students and other administrators. I am constantly amazed at her creative ideas to activate student interest, to celebrate and bring out the best in teachers, and to work cooperatively with other administrators, both in-district and out. Dr. Kesia Pope is a blessing as she continues to develop her God-given talents and uses them daily to benefit others. When I first saw the six characteristics of what a LifeChanger looks like, I knew immediately that Dr. Kesia Pope represents each: holding herself to the highest professional, moral and ethical standards, committed to improving our world through educating students, promoting teacher growth and improving the profession, and above all, having a destiny that positively impacts the lives of others. Vermester Bester Retired Educator (45 years)

Valerie Berch Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope for many years. She is the real deal. Her love of learning is evident as she encourages and inspires her students. It is a blessing to have someone with true christian values that shine through as she endeavors to help her students succeed. It is also evident in how she has raised her son to be a leader with excellent moral values. Dr. Pope lives what she teaches. I believe she is worthy of the honor of being named LifeChanger.

Talicia Barnes Posted over a year ago

I have known Dr. Pope and her family for over ten years. She has been my teacher and my mentor. If it would have not be for her I would have not graduated high school. She also taught me how to carry myself as a young woman. She is the reason why I passed state test in classes. Dr. Pope still encourages me to do better and become a great woman. She plays a positive role in a lot of young women lives especially mines. Dr. Pope is very great at what she does and cares a lot about her students. She only wants greatness from her students. Dr. Pope also influenced my life to become a teacher and major in biology! She was there every step of the way durning my college years. I love Dr. Pope and I believe she deserve this award not only what she does for myself and her students but what she does for her community in Hub City of Hattiesburg MS. She still is about of our community and she serve this community with greatness. She will be a great leader for this award.

Loretta Walker Posted over a year ago

Their is no one more deserving of this award then Ms.Pope she has guided a lot of kids to becoming better people. If there were more teachers like Ms.Pope the world would be a much better place.

Cynthia Veals Posted over a year ago

Gives 200% in all endeavors.