This fall, we are pleased to welcome Rachel Willis, a double major Public Policy Leadership and Political Science, who is completing her honors thesis this fall. A senior from Memphis, TN, Rachel is writing her thesis about whether pre-K collaborations between public schools and non-public school entities like churches, private childcare, and Head Start can be an effective tool for expanding access to early education in Mississippi. She writes, “I’m very excited to be collaborating with Mississippi First on this project. It’s giving me the opportunity to get my thesis out there in a useful way, and it’s exciting to be working with people who think early childhood education is important for our state.” After she graduates this spring, Rachel hopes to teach in Mississippi and eventually become a superintendent. Mississippi First is very happy to be part of her journey. Welcome, Rachel!