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 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.


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


2010 Leadership Development Academy Graduate
2009 “Teacher of the Year” at McWillie Elementary
2008 Mississippi College Top Honor’s List (4.0 GPA)
2005 Jackson State Dean’s List (4.0 GPA)
2004 “Teacher of the Year” at Lee Elementary

2003 " Marva Collins Award" at Lee Elementary

2020 Mississippi College Student Teacher Advisor

2022 Principal Advisory Council

Assistant Principal

Phone: 601-987-3709


Degrees and Certifications:

Jackson State University Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance Master of Arts In Teaching The University of Mississippi Specialist in Educational Leadership

Mrs. Precious Malembeka

Hello School Community! 

I am Precious T. Malembeka, Assistant Principal of McWillie Elementary School.  I am a graduate of The University of Mississippi Principal Corps, where I studied and practiced educational leadership.  I am utilizing my training to assist McWillie’s students and staff in continued academic success.  I incessantly do what’s best for children through collaboration, research, preparation, relationships, and communication.  I aspire to support the vision of our principal and superintendent in advancing our school and district.  I am an advocate for my students, schools, the City of Jackson and its businesses, and partners. 

The majority of my teaching career has been serving in the Jackson Public School District, with a unique experience of teaching and coaching in elementary, middle, and high school. My educational career includes Jackson State University, where I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Arts In Teaching.  I am a product of Jackson Public Schools and received my high school diploma from Callaway High School.  I am a mother to three children; Faith, Fidelis III, and Farah.  My husband Fidelis and I have been married 19 years and met while playing collegiate golf for JSU.  We are avid golfers and are founding members of the nonprofit youth organization The First Tee of Central Mississippi.   

I invite you to school events and functions within our community, as well as support our teachers through various endeavors.  I am excited to continue our partnership through work and assistance for our students and community!