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Epperson is keynote speaker

           Dr. Janice Epperson

by Danny Wade

Dr. Janice Epperson was born and raised in Humboldt. Like many, she comes from a humble beginning. But along the way, she had positive role models motivate her and keep her on the right track.

Now as a distinguished professional educator, Epperson will return to her hometown to give back and return the favor. She is the keynote speaker at this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Humboldt’s Bird & Burger dinner.

The annual Bird & Burger Dinner is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers of the year. It will be held at the B&G Club on Osborne St. in Humboldt, on Saturday, April 22.

“We have several people to leave the city but there are still a lot of good motivators in Humboldt,” Epperson said. “We need to hook these people up with these kids to expand their horizons. These are the people who made us who we are.”

Even though Epperson does not live here, she is just a few minutes away in Jackson and still has strong ties to her hometown.

“I had a lot of good people in Humboldt that helped me,” Epperson added. “Growing up in Humboldt, some are not always a success. My goal is to help somebody.”

Dr. Epperson said she will share details from her youth, the good and the not-so-good, and how decisions she made helped her become the person she it today.

“I want to talk to the kids about not being a part of the world, but instead, finding their place in the world with their strengths,” Epperson said of her message she plans to share during the dinner. “Surround yourself with people who are and want to be successful.”

Dr. Epperson has an impressive resume for her educational career. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1987 as an honor graduate. She received a basketball scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Martin where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. She received her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., and received her doctorate in Leadership and Research Policies from the University of Memphis.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Education Association.

Dr. Epperson began her teaching career at Humboldt High School and later taught at Tigrett Middle School Jackson, where she served as assistant principal and was promoted to principal. She is the former principal of Madison Academic High School in Jackson, where her school has received Reward School honors for three consecutive years and currently named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Dr. Epperson currently serves as the instructional leadership director for the Jackson-Madison County School System.

Outside of her education profession, Epperson has been the director of the Miss Black Gibson County Scholarship Pageant for 23 consecutive years.

“When people ask me to do something, I say yes, if I can,” Epperson said of being asked to be the speaker at this year’s Bird & Burger Dinner. “It’s rewarding just to be asked.”


  1. Bessie Hunt on April 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I am so proud of Dr Janice (Ree) Epperson and am glad that she and her loving family is and has been friends to my family for a long time.
    Thank you for being a motivator for so many.

  2. Taylor Paige on April 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I am soo happy for you Dr. Epperson. My former teacher, principal & choir director. She has always been a strong, beautiful, educated role model for the generations to come. I will never forget & will always appreciate the things you’ve done for me. No need to go into detail but thanks & keep being the woman you are!!!

    Taylor Paige

  3. Janice Coleman on April 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    How exciting to see one of Humboldt’s own return as keynote speaker at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Dinner Dr. Epperson has achieved much success through hard work and dedication. She is a fantastic role model for our young people today. Dr. Epperson was my student, my co-worker and honored to call her my friend. So very proud of all you have accomplished and cannot wait to see what is ahead for you. May God continue to bless you.

    Janice Coleman ( The high school teacher that gave you a B in conduct)

  4. Michelle Love on April 20, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Congrats Dr. Janice Epperson….You are so deserving of all the things that’s headed your way.You have always been willing to help anybody that cross your path. I want to thank you for always being there and helping me and my family when needed.
    Love you,
    Michelle Love

  5. Jessica Greer on April 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Definitely proud of my former teacher, as you continue to not only strive for excellence, but also give back to the community !!

  6. Rhonda Holland on June 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I am so happy and amazed to see Mrs. Epperson still serving the children her amazing abilities. She was my daughter’s (Miranda Holland) teacher and then the assistant principal at Trigget Middle School in Jackson. She was one my daughter’s best teachers throughout her whole 12 years of schooling. I wish Miranda or I could see her and let her know that her teachings brought so much success to my daughter. She is now a respiratory therapist at Jackson general hospital and if I do say myself turned out to be a very smart caring and wonderful woman

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