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Pender County Schools names Afterschool Program Coordinator

posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:05 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 9:05 AM ]
Pender County Schools names Afterschool Program Coordinator

PENDER COUNTY — The Pender County Board of Education has appointed Jessica Lofton Afterschool Program Coordinator. 

Lofton holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a master’s degree with a concentration on marriage and family counseling, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education school counseling licensure. She has been employed by Pender County Schools for the past four years as the administrative assistant to Community Schools Director Joyce Keith, who is retiring after 29 years of service to the district.

“I’m looking forward to new opportunities to work with after school programs throughout the district and expanding the programs with more community involvement, exposure and awareness,” Lofton said, adding that . “We have a talented afterschool staff and I look forward to working with them to grow the program.”

Lofton brings hands-on experience to her new role, including working with 21st Century programs, grant writing, hiring staff, and implementing new STEM activities.

“Jessica has worked closely with Mrs. Keith on the 21st Century programs, helping to write the grants which the district has received to continue funding and extending 21st Century offerings,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent. “I know that under her leadership, the afterschool programs will continue to flourish.”

Lofton is a Pender County native and graduate of Pender High School. She has two children, Arrick Lofton Jr., who attends Burgaw Elementary School, and La’Darius Costin, who is a student at Heide Trask High School.