Shonnie Cooley is the Projects Coordinator for Parents for Public Schools (PPS). She has been with PPS for 11 years this August. PPS provides programs that prepare parents to advocate for the success of their students, schools, and communities. Part of her duties include facilitating workshops and coordinating meetings.
Originally from the Detroit, Michigan metro area, Shonnie and her family moved to Jackson, MS almost 20 years ago. She is a wife and proud mother of three adult children (two daughters and a son). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Detroit College of Business (now Davenport University) in Dearborn, MI.
Shonnie is a facilitator with Growing Up Knowing (GUK) since her training in January 2019. She’s the PPS liaison for Working Together Jackson and OurJPS and very actively involved with organizations such as People’s Assembly, IDEA, Dialogue Jackson and many others in Jackson and throughout Mississippi.
During Shonnie’s down time, she enjoys painting pre-drawn canvases, doing puzzles and listening to music. Other fun fact is she loves to dance and enjoys Zumba. And most of all, spending time with family and friends.
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