Dr. Lakesha Brackins says her goal as Mobile County Public Schools’ new Deputy Superintendent of Academics is to help realize Superintendent Chresal Threadgill’s vision of making MCPSS the best school system in the state and the nation.
To do that, she said, her priority is to make sure the system’s teachers have the resources they need to help students excel.
“To me, the heartbeat of the school system is curriculum and instruction — what goes on in the classroom,” Brackins said. “So I’m vested in making sure our teachers have the resources and they’re equipped with the professional growth they need to be successful in their classrooms, to make the kids successful.”
Dr. Brackins comes to MCPSS from Saraland, where she served as Director of Elementary Education and Director of Student Assessment for one year. Before that she was Deputy Superintendent under Threadgill at Elba City Schools, where she started her career as a sixth-grade teacher in 1998 before becoming a principal and federal programs coordinator at age 23. She later became assistant superintendent and was Elba’s interim superintendent for a year before Threadgill’s arrival there.
A native of Midland City, Ala., she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy University, her administrative certification from Auburn University at Montgomery and her doctorate from Auburn University.
In her role as Deputy Superintendent of Academics, she oversees all departments dealing with academics and curriculum in the system.
She said she sees the multiple pathways to college and career readiness available to students as one of MCPSS’ strengths, and hopes to make sure students have a solid academic foundation to ensure success on one of those paths.
“My philosophy is to be a leader, not a dictator,” Brackins said. “Teachers need to know and understand that we are here to support them. We are not here to judge them. We need to build them up to be the best teacher they can be for our kids.
“Teachers need to know that the Division of Academic Affairs is here to support them and work with them and make sure they’re equipped with everything they need to teach our kids.”
To parents, Brackins asked for patience as she and her staff set about the task of making Threadgill’s vision a reality.
“Anytime you have change, it’s a process,” she said. “A new administration can’t be expected to fix everything right off. Mobile is a big ship. To turn that ship in the right direction is going to take time.”