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MDE Announces Inaugural State Superintendent of Education’s Principal Advisory Council Members


For Immediate Release: January 7, 2021

(JACKSON, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Education announced today the 29 members of the State Superintendent of Education’s inaugural Principal Advisory Council. Council members will serve through the 2021-22 school year.

The Council (PAC) provides direct input to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, about important issues in Mississippi schools. Members will participate in discussions with Wright concerning topics that will lead to improvement of Mississippi public schools and the opportunities they afford. The goal of the council is to ensure excellent teaching and learning is happening in every classroom in every Mississippi school and that school leaders have the information, resources, and support they need to create successful schools.

“The Principal Advisory Council will be an important feedback loop for me understanding what is working and what needs improvement in schools,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with these thoughtful and engaging school leaders to improve educational opportunities for students.”

More than 60 principals applied to become a member of the first cohort of principals, and each completed application was carefully reviewed. The Council includes school leaders from elementary, middle and high schools across the state and reflects the diverse school districts in Mississippi.




Michael Pope

Lovett Elementary School

Clinton Public School District

Braxton Stowe

Columbia High School

Columbia School District

Brian Bagwell

Collins High School

Covington County School District

William Wheat

Forrest County Agricultural High School

Forrest County Agricultural Schools

Kourtney Bush

Davis Elementary School

Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District

Catasha Brown

Amanda Elzy Jr. High School

Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District

Regina Watts

Harrison County Alternative School

Harrison County School District

Shelly Simmons

River Oaks Elementary School

Harrison County School District

Karen Glass

Vancleave Middle School

Jackson County School District

Michelle Nowell

Kosciusko Lower Elementary

Kosciusko School District

Kiana Pendleton

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts

Laurel School District

Lindsay Brett

Plantersville Middle School

Lee County School District

Debra Houghton

Mannsdale Upper Elementary

Madison County School District

Kim Brewer

Madison Avenue Upper Elementary

Madison County School District

Martha Hanna

Madison Station Elementary

Madison County School District

Lakya Washington

Summit Elementary School

McComb School District

Angela McQuarley

Magnolia Middle School

Meridian Public School District

Latoya Scott Hammett

Susie B. West Elementary School

Natchez Adams School District

Paul Henry

New Albany Middle School

New Albany School District

Cateria Payton

Pascagoula High School

Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Mandy Lacy

DeLisle Elementary School

Pass Christian School District

Lori Burkett

Pearl River Central Elementary School

Pearl River County School District

Emily Branch

Petal Upper Elementary School

Petal School District

Libby Young

North Pontotoc Upper Elementary

Pontotoc County School District

Brant Puckett

South Pontotoc High School

Pontotoc County School District

Lee Pambianchi

Northshore Elementary School

Rankin County School District

Avery Nobles

Morton High School

Scott County School District

Latosha Carroll

Ruleville Central Elementary

Sunflower County School District

Donna Bishop

Winona Secondary School

Winona-Montgomery Consolidated School District


Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations