Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Sr. is superintendent of the McComb School District. Prior to his current position, he served as superintendent, director of schools, principal and teacher. Ellis is one of three Mississippians to receive the National School Leadership Coach credential from the National Institute for School Leaders (NISL). The credential provides him the opportunity to coach principals using an advanced credentialing system based in part on international benchmarking research conducted by NISL’s parent organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy. His primary goal is to develop a “World Class” school district: a school district that constantly strives for excellence in preparing its students to both meet and exceed state and national educational standards. Ellis launched Mississippi’s only Student-Centered Teaching and Learning school, focusing on personalizing learning for every student. By serving as a member of the American Association of School Administrators Personalized Learning Cohort and Certification program, he’s able to work with other visionary leaders who have started or already doing the work of personalizing learning. Throughout his tenure, Ellis has secured private and federal grant funding exceeding $3 million for educational programming and capital improvement projects. He continues to ascertain funding to strengthen the education opportunities for those whom he is responsible for leading. Ellis aims to positively impact, empower and equip educators with the tools and skills necessary to serve the diverse needs of every child. He is proud of his life’s accomplishments-meeting and marrying his wife Carmelle, and producing the fruits of his love, daughter Caira and son Cederick II.