Katie Coon ECEC Principal

Katie Coon, Principal



Emerald West, Counselor

Emerald West, Counselor




Mrs. Coon has served the students and families of the Tupelo Public School District since 2005.  She was a teacher at Joyner Elementary from 2005-2009, at Rankin Elementary from 2009-2010 and at the Early Childhood Education Center from 2010-2017.   Mrs. Coon also held the role of assistant principal at Pierce Street Elementary from 2017-2022.  Mrs. Coon holds a Bachelors of Elementary Education from Mississippi State University, a Masters of Elementary Education from Delta State University, and an Education Specialist in Leadership and Supervision from Delta State University. 

We welcome you to the Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Education Center. The focus of our pre-kindergarten program includes: developing individuals who are literate, demonstrating thinking and reasoning skills and behaviors, utilizing small and large group instruction, using fine and gross motor skills in appropriate ways, exhibiting skills in two-way communication, solving problems in non-combative ways by cooperating with peers as well as adults in the learning environment, and fostering a love of learning.

Each classroom of twenty children is taught by a highly qualified licensed teacher and qualified assistant. Bus transportation is provided for pre-kindergarten children only and at least two monitors ride the buses with the children. Each bus is equipped with car seats and seat belts.

We place an emphasis on parent involvement which includes parent volunteers, classroom activities, take-home projects, parent conferences, workshops, and field trips during the school year.