Our Team

Dr. Angela Bass

Dr. Angela Bass

Executive Director

Angela executes the vision of the board, establishes the organization’s strategic plan, and leads the staff to meet goals aligned to MELA’s mission.

angela@msearlylearning.org

Cheryl Swoopes

Cheryl Swoopes

TELA Community Engagement Director

Cheryl fosters collaboration between leaders and community members in Tallahatchie county to catalyze people to act on behalf of young children and families.

cheryl@msearlylearning.org
Amy Donaldson

Amy Donaldson

TELA Professional Development Director

Amy supports all Prek teachers in Tallahatchie County involved in the Early Learning Collaborative through individualized coaching, training sessions, and providing resources aligned to the preK curriculum.

amy@msearlylearning.org

Biz Harris

Biz Harris

Director, Communications and Operations

Biz oversees organizational operations and guides the organization’s communication strategies.

biz@msearlylearning.org

Leigh Sargent, Director

Leigh Sargent, Director

TELA Collaborative Director

Leigh leads the Early Learning Collaborative Council, ensuring collaboration among all participating partners. In addition, Leigh works to ensure that all Early Learning Collaborative grant requirements are adhered to.

leigh@msearlylearning.org