Who We Are

The Excellence Group, LLC is an educational consulting organization that focuses on providing support to school districts, school administrators, and educators. Our mission is to foster educational excellence among Mississippi’s public school children. We offer superior quality in our services, which include professional development catered to the needs of your district and/or school, school business consulting, using curriculum to raise test scores, and comprehensive school improvement.

We believe that every child deserves the best education possible. We also believe educational excellence is the key to building better communities, attracting business and industry, and improving the quality of life for our citizens. At The Excellence Group, we believe in utilizing school-specific solutions to assist teachers and students in fulfilling their potential. Guided by this philosophy, our passion is to help schools find promise in their students and staff, and fulfill promises that we, as educators, have made to our children and communities.


Mr. Arthur McMillan

Mr. Arthur McMillan is a former school superintendent, teacher, and administrator in Mississippi school districts of all sizes. Mr. McMillan assists districts in the areas of administrative mentoring, school board assistance, and marketing. 

Mr. Jim Young

Mr. Jim Young has vast experience working with Mississippi school districts on legal issues and finance and bond issues. He has a unique perspective and desire to help school districts make the most of every dollar. Mr. Young is currently co-owner of The Excellence Group, LLC. 

Mr. Eddie Prather

Mr. Eddie Prather worked in Mississippi public schools for over thirty years as a  classroom teacher, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent. Mr. Prather is currently a co-owner of The Excellence Group, LLC and assists districts in the area of administrative mentoring and school board assistance.

Dr. Mina Ross Bryan-Lightsey

Dr. Bryan-Lightsey has served Mississippi schools as a teacher, principal, curriculum coordinator, central office administrator, and superintendent. She is currently a co-owner of The Excellence Group, LLC. Dr. Lightsey assists districts with teacher coaching and mentoring, administrative mentoring, and strategic planning.

Dr. Cindy Morgan

Dr. Cindy Morgan is a former teacher, central office administrator, and professor.  Dr. Morgan is a current co-owner of The Excellence Group, LLC. Dr. Morgan's area of expertise is data analysis and accountability.

Dr. Leigh B. Mobley

Dr. Leigh Mobley has over 26 years of experience in Mississippi schools as a teacher, school principal, and district level administrator. Leigh brings a district level perspective that enhances the Excellence Group desire to assist Mississippi schools.



Ann Woods Durham

Ann Woods Durham has over 30 years of experience as a MS teacher and college professor where she served as department chair.

Ms. Durham holds a B.S. and M.Ed. degree in English Education from the University of Southern MS. She is an expert in ELA instructional best practices with extensive experience and expertise with secondary English Instruction for EL students. She also is well versed in the use of technology in the classroom.

Ms. Durham is the recipient of a Principal’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, and Star Teacher Award.


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