Phone: (601) 987-3709


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-8) and Exceptional Education (K-12), Millsaps College (2000) Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling, Jackson State University (2005) Education Specialist in Administration, Mississippi College (2008) Doctor of Education in Administration, Mississippi College (2014)

Dr. Sara Harper

Principal's Message

As principal, my role of leadership and my goals for the school are many. The most important thing,however, is to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment filled with meaningful opportunities for each student to meet their unique potential. We know that each child has talents and gifts, and it is our responsibility to find ways to make those gifts emerge. We want each child to understand their strengths and to be prepared to share their gifts with the world. We have seen the fruits of our work in the amazing progress of our students, as they step into the next chapter of their lives as self-assured, successful students and problem-solvers.


24 years invested in Jackson Public Schools
6 years at Lee Elementary teaching Exceptional Education
7 years at McWillie Elementary teaching Montessori 6-9 and 9-12 (Team Leader)
11 years as Principal at McWillie Elementary


2023-2024 Jackson Public School's Administrator of the Year

2023-2024 MDE Principal Advisory Council

2023 Principal Coach

2022 Principal Advisory Council

2020 Mississippi College Student Teacher Advisor

2010 Leadership Development Academy Graduate

2009 McWillie Elementary's Teacher of the Year

2008 Mississippi College Top Honor’s List (4.0 Gpa)

2005 Jackson State University's Dean’s List (4.0 Gpa)

2004 Lee Elementary's “Teacher of the Year”

2003 Lee Elementary's "Marva Collins Award"

Assistant Principal

Phone: 601-987-3709


Degrees and Certifications:

Jackson State University Bachelor and Master of Arts In Education Mississippi College Specialist in Educational Leadership

Ms. Stacey Hughes

Greetings to all, 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you. I am Ms. Stacey D. Hughes, Assistant Principal at McWillie Elementary School. This will be my first year at McWillie Elementary (with over twenty- five plus years as an educator) and I am honored to be working with a fabulous staff and awesome students. We as a collaborative team have a tremendous responsibility ahead of us, however; working together we will accomplish our goals of educating our precious students. I believe that the foundation of our future accomplishments will be found in the power of our combined efforts and the strength of our synergy. Working together we will create a collaborative school environment and culture to ensure that all students are successful. We know that change can provoke both excitement and anxiety in us all, yet we can do this together. As we embark on this “New School Year” of educating children, let us do our part with the spirit of “YES WE CAN”. We have a tremendous job, and it takes a team effort to fulfill the many tasks that must be done to ensure the success of our students. Working together we will have an awesome year to successfully drive instruction that will yield outstanding results.

Educationally yours, Ms. Stacey D. Hughes