The new 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Coordinator for Fulton Independent Schools believes in education because she has basically lived it.
“Education has been a part of my life, in one form or another, since birth,” Kim Jobe said. “My father was a career educator who retired after 42 years in administration. He was principal at Pope Elementary School in Jackson, Tennessee, when I was born. When we were released from the hospital, my parents took me by the school to meet the students before taking me home. It seemed I practically lived at school during my childhood.”
Jobe started to work in Fulton April 22 after a five-year stint with the Corinth School District in Corinth, Mississippi. Jobe served as Project Director for the Corinth District where she oversaw the district’s Teaching American History Grant as well as performed public relations, photography and publication duties. Jobe also helped maintain the district’s website.
“Corinth was an incredible experience for me,” Jobe said. “Not only did I learn a lot about providing professional development experiences for social studies teachers, but I learned a vast amount about education in general that will help me here in Fulton.”
Having grown up in Corinth, working with the city’s school district was a good fit for Jobe. “I am a product of the Corinth School District. A few of the teachers that I worked with were my former junior high and high school teachers. It was somewhat surreal to work there yet seemed natural for me,” Jobe explained.
Following graduation from Corinth High School, Jobe attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville on a band scholarship. She transferred to Mississippi University for Women for her junior and senior years of college where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations.
Jobe’s first life – as she calls it – was working for more than 20 years in the newspaper business. She served as editor of the Baldwyn News in Baldwyn, Mississippi, for almost four years before becoming news editor at the Daily Corinthian in Corinth. She spent almost 19 years designing pages, writing features and news stories, taking photographs and writing a personal column in her hometown.
“Although I’d learned a great work ethic from my father and grandfather, the newspaper business taught me a great deal about working until the job is completed as well as working well with others during various stages of events and emotions. I met famous authors, supermodels, a British royal family member, movie stars, well known sports figures, politicians and other people that we deem important in our society. But the most fun for me during those years was working the education beat for the Corinth and Alcorn school districts. I loved visiting the local schools to find out what programs and activities were being done by staff members and students working there.”
The daughter of the late Charles and Betty Jobe, she joins her sister, Jindra Mullins, nephew and niece, Mike and Melanie Gunn, and great-niece and great-nephew, Taylor Cantrell and Owen Gunn here in Fulton.
“I may be a new resident to Fulton, but I have visited here quite often during the past several years. It won’t take me long to feel at home here because of the family investment I’ve already had here. With Taylor being a third-grader and Owen attending Pre-K 3, the educational system isn’t foreign to me, too. Being able to work in the district where my family members go to school makes the job even more special. I want to give my great-niece and great-nephew, as well as their classmates, the best possible educational experience available,” Jobe said.
An avid photographer, Jobe enjoys taking pictures of wildlife, landscapes and historical sites mostly. Cemeteries, oddly enough, are Jobe’s favorite spots to visit with her camera. She seeks out a local cemetery during every trip she takes and often will spend Saturday or Sunday afternoons just riding around looking for old cemeteries with interesting grave markers. She hopes to one day publish a book filled with photographs of cemetery iconographs, epitaphs and statuary. Jobe also enjoys travelling, visiting historic sites and state parks, collecting and reading books and antiquing.
The goal of Fulton’s 21st Century Community Learning Center’s program is two-fold: to improve the academic and non-cognitive achievement of each student; to advance good health and wellness; to increase homework completion and decrease negative behaviors and increase parental involvement and enable parents to provide academic support to children.
“We are all a team – administrators, faculty and staff members, students, parents, family members and residents of Fulton. I often use the quote ‘it takes a village’ when referring to education and that it so true. It takes all of us working together to ensure that our students will receive the best possible experiences in the classroom and become productive citizens and an educated workforce in the future,” Jobe said. “Through the 21st Century CLC program, I hope to bring together the majority of our village to advance learning here. I want get to know the residents of Fulton -whether it be by attending community events or visiting students’ homes - so that we can become a solid, cohesive group advancing education in Fulton.”