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Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows are full-time students at Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Millsaps College, or Tougaloo College chosen for their academic rigor and interest in teaching and museums to serve as the primary Museum educators for our K-12 school visits. Coming from a breadth of disciplinary interests, they are extensively trained on the Museum’s permanent collection on an ongoing basis. Fellows work closely with classroom teachers to ensure that a group’s visit to the Museum is as meaningful as possible, crafting a customized, thematic tour that aligns with a class’ curricular goals.

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Becoming a Teaching Fellow is ideal for a person with an interest in museums, history, child development, or education and offers both course-credit through independent study and a $2,500/semester stipend (as earned through fulfilling hourly time commitments). The Museum accepts applications on an annual basis for its Teaching Fellows. The application period has been extended to June 12, 2020. All applications are reviewed, at which point a select number of applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews are conducted and all applicants will be notified of the final decision in June. Please note that the application process is very competitive, with a new cohort size limited to eight individuals.

Interested in becoming a Teaching Fellow? HOW TO APPLY

Questions? Contact the Director of School and Academic Programs, Merry Barnes, at mbarnes@msmuseumart.org.or 601.965.9909.


KUMASI McFARLAND graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Howard University and is currently a graduate student in history at Jackson State University. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Kumasi hopes to sharpen his technique as a historian while forming relationships with members of the community. His hope is to highlight the wonderful relationship between history and culture. Kumasi enjoys reading, writing poetry and stories, listening to music, and community organizing and engagement.

ZIPPORAH JONES is a senior English major at Jackson State University. Zipporah enjoys learning and writing about art and hopes to gain new art interpretation skills while serving as a Teaching Fellow. She is eager to learn all she can and gain a better understanding of visual art so she can share her love of learning with Museum visitors here in her hometown of Jackson. In her spare time, Zipporah enjoys writing, listening to music, watching documentaries, thrifting, and DJing.

DESTINY DORSEY, of Lexington, Mississippi, is a junior at Tougaloo College where she is majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis. Destiny is passionate about performing arts and hopes to learn more about visual art and the history that lies within the works she researches. Destiny would love to show how impactful art can be if people take an interest in it. In her spare time, Destiny works on writing her novel she hopes to publish one day.

CRYSTAL RICHMOND is a junior majoring in English at Touglaoo College. Crystal, a lover of writing, applied to the Teaching Fellow program to broaden her mind and gain experience in the more visually creative side of the humanities. She hopes to gain confidence and develop her public speaking skills while forming connections with the larger community. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Crystal enjoys writing poetry and fantasy stories, binge watching her favorite shows, sewing, and spending meaningful time with family and friends.

MICKINZI CLARK of Westminster, Maryland, is a junior Elementary Education major at Belhaven University. As a future educator, Mickinzi believes the integrating art into the classroom is a non-negotiable. She hopes to foster an appreciation for art in our future generations of Mississippians. Mickinzi hopes to gain a better and broader understanding of art and it’s history. In her spare time, Mickinzi enjoys hiking, rock climbing, eating, spending time with kids, and hanging out or playing board games with friends.

DEJA HARRIS is a senior Visual Arts major and Psychology minor at Belhaven University. A native of Port Gibson, Mississippi, Deja has long been involved with the Mississippi Museum of Art. Deja constantly surrounds herself with work in all things art-related, including volunteering at MMA’s summer Museum School, interning with an art therapist, and leading various other children’s art activities throughout the community.

TURNER MARTIN is a sophomore Art History and Museum Studies major and Education minor at Millsaps College. Having grown up in Jackson, Turner realizes the importance of preserving and advertising a variety of art forms for the community. He applied to the Teaching Fellows program because he believes in the importance of museums offering educational programming that engages the surrounding communities. Turner feels the Teaching Fellows program does a wonderful job of teaching people new ways to look at art and supports local schools and students. When he finds time for himself, Turner enjoys reading, cooking, going to museums, and spending time with his friends.

MORGAN MOSS is a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. She is a sophomore English Literature major at Millsaps College and believes this experience of teaching children about art would be not only rewarding but beneficial to her goal of working in education. Morgan has always had an appreciation for art museums and the power of the message works of art can communicate. In her rare moments of spare time, Morgan enjoys drawing and painting.

The Teaching Fellows program is generously supported by the AT&T Foundation