Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307
Lisa Rhodes lives in Livingston, Alabama and received her BS and her MAT in Language Arts from the University of West Alabama (formerly Livingston University). After teaching in the Mobile County Public School System for seven years, Lisa moved back to Livingston and worked at UWA in the Division of Online Programs. She then transferred to the UWA Office of Institutional Effectiveness where she worked as the Coordinator of Planning and Assessment, all the while teaching adjunct reading and writing courses. In the Fall of 2013, Lisa moved back to the classroom fulltime when she joined the MCC family. Lisa’s husband is a Campus Police Officer at The University of West Alabama. She has a 20 year old son and a 23 year old stepson. Lisa loves to read, watch tv, and spend time with her family and her three dogs and two cats.
Morgan Boothe - Morgan Boothe is a study in contrasts: as an avid reader and English instructor, she likes to think outside the box and debate different literary ideas; however, she also enjoys paperwork and organization! She loves animals but is very thankful that she does not presently have any. She enjoys interacting with students but has to have some alone time each day, a requirement that is often hard to come by as she is married to a high school football coach and has a young son. Professionally, Morgan was in charge of the Literary Review magazine from 2001 until 2011. She was the president of the Meridian Community College Faculty Staff Association from 2007-2008. She was one of the first faculty members to develop and teach online courses, and she is a certified online instructor from Walden Institute. She was president of the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing organization from 2009-2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Samford University in Birmingham and a master of arts in teaching from University of West Alabama. Personally, Morgan is originally from Birmingham, where all of her family still resides, but she is thankful that she no longer lives there. She is married to Glenn Boothe, a high school football coach, and they have one son named Andrew, who constantly keeps them entertained. She is a member of the Meridian Area Panhellenic Council, an organization that guides young women considering going out for sorority recruitment. Morgan enjoys reading anything that does not require too much thought (especially after debating literature all day!). Her favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” although there are some days that she does not believe this.
Beth Calderon - Ms. Calderon, our Spanish instructor, has a BS from Mississippi State University - Starkville and a MATL (Master's of Arts in the Teaching of Languages - emphasis: Spanish) from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has three daughters, Emilia, Alena, and Sophia.
Joshua Maeda - Joshua Maeda currently teaches Intermediate English, English Composition I, World Literature, and Introduction to Philosophy. He spent his formative first two years of college at MCC. After transferring, he acquired a BA in Philosophy from Belhaven University, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MA in English from Mississippi State University. In other words: he believed that he was unemployable. Thus, he was delighted when MCC offered him the opportunity to teach full-time. He appreciates the chance both to work and to live in Meridian. When he is not planning lessons or grading papers, he enjoys decidedly not thinking about planning lessons or grading papers. Also, contrary to the usual English teacher stereotype, he trains in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and according to his training partners, his tolerance for pain is extremely high. He attributes this virtue of endurance to the many nights spent agonizing over punishing student papers.
Kelly McKee - After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Alabama and a Master of Arts in English from Mississippi State University, Kelly Thompson McKee has been teaching English at Meridian Community College since 2000. Prior to joining the MCC faculty, she taught Basic English and Freshman Composition at MSU during her two years as a graduate teaching assistant. During her time at MCC, she has taught developmental English, English Composition I, English Composition II, and American Literature I. She has participated in ACHIEVE Mississippi, MADE, TYCAM, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Theta Kappa and has been recognized with such honors as the Phi Theta Kappa Horizon Award for New Adivsors, MCCer of the Month, and Who's Who Among America's High School and College Teachers. She is a certified MSVCC Online Instructor and teaches English Composition I and II online. Through her involvement with Phi Theta Kappa in previous years, she volunteered to work with Hope Village for Children and the Wesley House Community Center, as well as with projects like Relay for Life and Keep America Beautiful. Her passion is teaching and learning from others--whether about writing, civility, compassion, patience, or acceptance. Mrs. McKee resides with her husband, Kelly B., in Meridian, MS, where she hopes to continue strengthening her career, experience, and relationships at MCC for many years to come.
Wanda McPhail - Mrs. McPhail, who is also MCC's tennis coach, has an AA from East Central Community College, a BS from Mississippi State College for Women, and a MeD from Mississippi State University. She is married to Mark D. McPhail, retired CEO of Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, and they have three children. David is an attorney for Balsh and Bingham in Birmingham, AL, Haley is married to Patrick Davis and is a pharmaceutical sales representative in Jackson. Morgan is married to Matthew Vitart and is currently employed by Bancorp South in Jackson.
Robert Fowler - Robert “Robby” Fowler is the newest member of the Language and Literature Department. He received a BA in French from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997. After working in the optical and medical fields for almost fifteen years, he decided to return to his first loves of art and languages. Enrolling again at his alma mater, he received his MA in English from USM. He and his wife, Dawn, have three children, twin daughters and a younger son.
Delisa Brand - Delisa Brand has English and Secondary Education degrees from Livingston University. She taught Advanced Placement English courses in the Alabama School System for almost ten years before coming to MCC. Ms. Brand has a son named Kade and a West Highland Terrier, Sir Barnacastle, better known as “Barney.” She enjoys reading works of female authors, especially Kate Chopin and Zora Neale Hurston, and traveling to a new destination each year.
Amanda K. Thompson earned a Secondary English Education degree and a MA in English from Mississippi State University in Starkville. She taught ninth and tenth grade English for six years at Northeast High School. She now teaches Composition I and II, Beginning English, and Intermediate English at Meridian Community College. In addition to loving her job and being in the classroom, Amanda loves old movies, Harper Lee, Holocaust memoirs, and coffee. She and her husband Josh have two beautiful, wild, and loud boys, Ryan and River, who keep them exhausted and grateful.