Phelton Cortez Moss
Phelton Cortez Moss is a native of Calhoun City, MS where he began his education journey. From elementary school onward, Moss has always been committed to excellence in education. Upon graduation from Calhoun City High School with honors and in the top 10, Moss attended the historic University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Moss has held several roles in local and state government. He served as a Staff Assistant in the Office of the Honorable Congressman Travis W. Childers. In addition, he served as a Policy Intern at Mississippi First, a non-partisan public policy think tank where he worked on Charter School Reform and Sex Education. At Ole Miss, he was actively involved in various aspects of campus involvement earning a seat in the University of Mississippi Student Hall of Fame.
Moss graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy and English. Following Ole Miss, he joined the prestigious Teach for America program and was placed in Greenwood, MS at Greenwood High School to teach High School English. For two consecutive years, he earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year. During the summer of 2013, he served as Teacher in Residence at the Mississippi Department of Education working on Innovative High Schools and the Third Grade Gate Exam.
In 2014, he joined the Clarksdale Municipal School District as a Literacy and Data specialist serving Kirkpatrick Health and Medical Science Magnet Elementary School before assuming the role as Assistant Principal at Clarksdale High School. Currently, Moss is serving as the turnaround Principal of Quitman County Middle School in Marks, Ms. Under his leadership, in one year, Quitman County Middle School moved offthe state’s list of failing school’s and cleared all accreditation violations. At 27, Moss is currently the youngest serving principal in the State of Mississippi.
Moss attended Arkansas State University for graduate studies in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Moss has participated in the inaugural class of the Barksdale Reading Institute Principal Impact Fellowship and is currently participating in the MS Preps CEO Principals Academy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. Moss is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.