Annette Sykes & JoAnn Hoskins

Sykes, Hoskins Flaunt Employee of the Month Title during Month of March

Hoskins, a Charleston, Mississippi native whom students at Coahoma endearingly refer to as “Mama Jo,” is certain that she made an excellent decision when she chose to hone her craft of cooking at Coahoma Community College.

Annette Sykes, a Jonestown native and the Employee of the Month selected from the body of staff members at Coahoma for the month of March, has been an integral part of the Tiger family for four years now. She is always willing to give of herself to make sure tasks are carried out in an exceptional manner.

Sykes, Hoskins Flaunt Employee of the Month Title during Month of March

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Mar 5, 2019

Annette SykesFaithful and family-oriented are two admirable traits that define Annette Sykes, the administrative assistant for Coahoma’s English and Foreign Language department.

Annette Sykes, a Jonestown native and the Employee of the Month selected from the body of staff members at Coahoma for the month of March, has been an integral part of the Tiger family for four years now. She is always willing to give of herself to make sure tasks are carried out in an exceptional manner.

The puzzle piece adding to the academic department a glow radiating with unmatched kindness and splendid hospitality, she says her responsibility is to ensure that all activities in the department run efficiently each day.

“I am grateful and honored to have been named the Employee of the Month,” Sykes said. “I’m a proud servant to the student body and the Coahoma Community College family who truly believes in getting the job done.”

According to her co-workers, Sykes’ infectious smile, her servant heart and exceptional work ethic is what has made her very deserving of the recognition. Her genuine love for people is to blame for persistently going beyond the call of duty to assist all students and instructors in accomplishing their goal.

Sykes is a 1977 graduate of Coahoma Junior College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in office administration from Alcorn State University and her master’s degree in instructional technology from Troy University.

She is the wife of Reverend Charlie Sykes and together they have four children: Freda, LaNette, Charlie and Walter.

Sykes is a member of the St. Luke Baptist Church in Jonestown, Mississippi. Like many others, her most cherished words of encouragement are biblical—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; Philippians 4:13. She enjoys singing, listening to gospel music and attending events, especially Coahoma Community College functions.

JoAnn Hoskins

JoAnn HoskinsAssistant Culinary Arts instructor JoAnn Hoskins loves to try her hand at new dishes. She has gotten the chance to taste a variety of foods, even delicacies from under the sea.

Hoskins, a Charleston, Mississippi native whom students at Coahoma endearingly refer to as “Mama Jo,” is certain that she made a wise decision when she chose to hone her craft of cooking at Coahoma Community College.

“You’ve got to start somewhere and Coahoma is a great place. It has a lot of opportunities,” said Hoskins. “Through Coahoma, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve gone places. I visited Paris, France in 2008 as a student and in 2010, I went to Barcelona, Spain with students as a faculty member.”

Having had the pleasure of tasting octopus while in Spain learning international cuisine and alligator while on a cruise to the Bahamas, Hoskins delights in flipping through her collection of cookbooks to find new recipes she can alter and make her own.

In May of 2009, Hoskins received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts from Coahoma and in August of that same year, she began working in the department as a faculty member. With a son and two grandsons who have attended and graduated from Coahoma, Hoskins’ legacy will continue at Tiger Nation when her granddaughter starts taking classes in the fall.

Baking pastries and breaded desserts is her specialty: butter rolls, crème brulee, rice pudding, pecan pie and peach cobbler, to name a few.

The daughter of a sharecropper, she opted out of picking cotton as a young girl and instead assisted her mom in the kitchen while babysitting her younger family members.

A special talent of hers is being able to cook by feel and taste without measuring utensils.

Hoskins uniquely finds pure joy in giving.

“I’d rather give than receive because God will make sure I’m returned the blessing anyway,” she said.

Hoskins has been married for 40 plus years. She has two children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She currently enjoys looking after her great-grandchildren, involving them in the cooking process and teaching them the skill early.

Besides cooking since age 13, she also knows the art of styling hair, learning the trade in beauty school while in her 20s. Hoskins once had a knack for sewing as well. She painstakingly made her daughter’s wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.