News & Announcements

Beyond the Bell Afterschool Tutoring Program: Recruiting Tutors

FAMU DRS Title I Office is now recruiting Math and Science tutors for our Beyond the Bell Afterschool Tutoring program. All services will be provided virtually, and the OPS position pays $20 per hour. For additional information, contact Ms. Sheila LaBissiere at APPLICATION LINK:

James Coleman Drive-Thru Food Distribution Event

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Mentor for the Kids and the Second Harvest of the Big Bend partnered up at FAMU DRS to give free food and groceries to almost 300 families Saturday.

The program, based out of Jacksonville, has Tallahassee ties and they wanted to be able to give back to the Southside community with so many struggling with food insecurities during the pandemic.

Mentor for the Kids CEO, James Coleman, said he hopes initiatives like these will rub off on others.

“With people being so skeptical and so cynical about society and people being an example but I chose to be a guy that wanted to come out and show people that you can give people a hand up and it takes absolutely nothing for you but a few hours to volunteer and make you feel good about yourself,” explained Coleman.
Coleman says he plans to have more events in his hometown of Tallahassee to help grow a community that raised him.

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FAMU DRS Homeownership Workshop w/ Tallahassee Urban League

The Homeownership Workshop is rapidly approaching, please review the attached flyer. Sign up TODAY if you have not already, to secure your spot!

Please use the link provided when registering for the next Homeownership Workshop which will be conducted by the Tallahassee Urban League. Space is limited and the first-time homebuyer's certificates will be provided. But you must attend both nights of the workshop (January 20 and 21, 2021 at 6pm) to be eligible.

For additional information, please contact:
Sheila Labissiere, Title I Coordinator (
Renee Jerry, Homeless Liaison (
Yolanda Foxx-Palmer, Foster Care Liaison/School Social Worker (

Dr. Vivian Wilson Appointed to Leon County Library Advisory Board

Congratulations to Dr. Vivian Wilson, associate professor of English at FAMU DRS. Commissioner Nick Maddox recently appointed her for a continuation as a county advisory board member. Dr. Wilson is a phenomenal educator and is involved and engaged in K-12 education as well as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

FAMU DRS Superintendent Johnson Joins District Administration's (DA) National Superintendents Academy

Micheal Johnson, superintendent for FAMU Development Research School, has been invited to join District Administration's (DA) National Superintendents Academy as an adjunct professor.

Johnson, a 2019 graduate of the academy, will provide professional development training for the academy's students and credits his experience in the program with amplifying his skills to become more effective in executive leadership roles.

"It is an honor to serve the National Superintendents Academy," he said. "The program enhanced skills essential to my role and I look forward to helping develop our future education leaders."

As described on its website, DA’s National Superintendents Academy "equips aspiring K-12 superintendents with the skills, systems and relationships needed to successfully navigate the superintendency and, once in the role, to drive significant positive transformations in culture and achievement for their districts." The curriculum incorporates guidance from successful superintendents and executives who share the essential systems and leadership philosophies they have used to significantly increase performance across large organizations. Graduates are prepared to inspire and lead school districts toward the cultural shifts that enable better collaboration between stakeholders, a stronger focus on the mission, and improved outcomes for every learner.

"We are thrilled to have such a talented individual as Superintendent Micheal Johnson join us as an adjunct faculty member. The expertise and skill he brings to the role will dramatically enhance their growth and learning," said Peter Gorman, superintendent in residence for DA's National Superintendents Academy. "It is an honor to have someone with the track record of success join the National Superintendents Academy team."

You may click here to learn more about DA's National Superintendents Academy.

Mrs. Holloway and FAMU DRS Agriscience Academy Awarded Mini-Grants

Mrs. Holloway awarded mini-grant for her FAMU DRS Agriscience Academy
Congratulations to Mrs. Holloway as she is awarded a $250 mini grant from the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and a matching $250 mini grant from the Leon County Farm Bureau. The Agriscience Academy students plan to plant a raised-bed salsa garden with the awards.

FAMU DRS Winter Town Hall

FAMU DRS will host a virtual Winter Town Hall on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Dec 8, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: FAMU DRS Winter Town Hall, December 8, 2020, 6pm-8pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 750127

Or Telephone:

US: +1 929 205 6099

Webinar ID: 946 1146 4800

Passcode: 750127
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