Phone: 6013714330


Degrees and Certifications:

Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Arts Jackson State University, Master of Arts University of Mississippi, Education Specialist

Ms. Lisa Hadden, Principal

Greetings from Oak Forest Elementary! I am so excited to welcome you to this new school year. Exciting things are happening at Oak Forest. We are currently under heavy construction. When it is complete, we will have updated restrooms throughout the building, new floors in our front hallway, and improved drainage and walkways around our portables. We are looking forward to welcoming our Eagle scholars on Aug. 9. 

I want to share a little about myself. This is my second year as principal at Oak Forest Elementary. I previously served as an assistant principal at Johnson Elementary School in JPS where I oversaw the implementation of the Barksdale Reading Institute Parent Academy and served as the administrator for the Lake Elementary Afterschool Program. Before coming to JPS, I was an administrative intern and teacher in the Rankin County School District. I began my career in education as a high school English teacher for the Pearl Public School District. I also taught middle school and high school English in the New Orleans charter school system. Before teaching, I had a career in journalism and public relations in Mississippi and Florida. I am an adjunct professor at Belhaven University.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Mississippi State University, a Master of Arts in English from Jackson State University, and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi Principal Corps program. I am a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts for adolescents and young adults.

My educational philosophy can be summed up in the words of Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." The work we do in elementary school is crucial because it is the foundation of all educational experiences to come. We here at Oak Forest take this responsibility very seriously. We are here to partner with families to help each scholar reach their full potential. I look forward to working with you all this year to establish a solid educational foundation for our scholars and to start them on the path to becoming lifelong learners.

I also rely heavily on the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." There are many things in our community, city, state, and country that must be improved and made better for the benefit of all people. I work each day to be a part of that positive change. I want to empower our scholars and teach them that, even at a young age, they can be forces of positive change in our community. I am so thankful to be a part of this community. Always remember - It's a great day to be an Eagle!



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Ms. Stacey Hughes, Assistant Principal

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you. I am Ms. Stacey D. Hughes, Assistant Principal at Oak Forest Elementary School. This will be my second year here (over twenty plus years as an educator) and I am honored to be working with a fabulous staff. 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 Journey” of educating children, let us do our part with the spirit of “YES WE CAN”. We have a tremendous job to do and it takes a team effort to fulfill the many tasks that must be done to ensure the success of all 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