Mr. Torrey A. Hampton
First, I want to welcome each and every one of you who searched our school website for information concerning your scholar. This is my third yearing serving the citizens of the South Jackson community. As the lead teacher of Forest Hill High School, also known as the University of South Jackson, my staff and I want to welcome you all to the 2020-2021 school year. We are in uncertain times due to COVID-19 and the social injustices we face in our country, but as educators we have a job to educate our scholars. Education comes in many forms, and this year is a prime example of this. We have embraced virtual instruction, and terms like synchronous and asynchronous are as common as the eight parts of speech or the four basic operations.
My staff and I wish to provide the best service possible for ALL of our scholars each and every day. This can and will be done with your help. Our mantra is "ALL HANDS ON DECK". The message behind these words are simple, yet complex. It takes a special person to serve others. The scholars in this community are worth the time and effort. Our goal is to ensure that we provide a service to our scholars that will enable them to be productive in and out of the classroom. This can and will be done with your help!
Remember, we are the best, we are better than the rest, we are the MIGHTY, MIGHTY, Patriots. Let's have a productive year!!!
Torrey A. Hampton, Principal
Mrs. Patrease Edwards, Assistant Principal
Patrease Edwards is a native of East St. Louis, IL She graduated from Lincoln Sr. High School and was recruited to Jackson State University (JSU) to play volleyball. Mrs. Edwards graduated from JSU in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Social Science and again in 2008 with a Master of Science Degree in Special Education. She received her Education Specialist degree from Mississippi College (MC) in 2012 and is currently a doctoral candidate at MC in the area of Educational Leadership Curriculum and Instruction. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
After graduating with her B.S. Ed., Mrs. Edwards moved to Daytona Beach, FL and began her career as an educator where she taught and coached volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and track and field at Deland High School. In 2005, Ms. Edwards returned to Mississippi to teach at Jim Hill High School. She served at the district level as a Transition Program Specialist in the Exceptional Education Services Office before accepting the role of assistant principal at Lanier High School. Ms. Edwards served as the Freshman Academy Principal and Athletic Director at Lanier before coming to Forest Hill High School.
All children have unique needs, with various strengths, preferences and interests. As educators, we must cultivate the whole child through a stimulating educational environment focusing on the scholars’ post-secondary desires.
Dr. Cassandra Shelling-Brown, Assistant Principal
Dr. Cassandra Shelling-Brown is a native of Louisiana and has been an educator for 33 years. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where she majored in Elementary Education. Dr. Brown has graduate degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership from "Thee I Love" Jackson State University in 2007.
Dr. Brown’s experiences as an educator span from kindergarten to the collegiate level, where she served as Director of Student Activities at Grambling State University. She holds dual certification in both Louisiana and Mississippi. Here in Mississippi, Dr. Brown is licensed to teach - Elementary grades, Middle School Mathematics, High School Science and High School English. She is nationally certified through the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL).
"The whole child must be educated. We must equip scholars with quality information and meaningful opportunities to ensure a foundation whereby intellectual,social,emotional, and spiritual growth are established.
Mr. Frank Terry, Assistant Principal
Mr. Frank Terry is a native of Terry, Mississippi. He has a B.A. degree in speech and dramatic art communications, with a concentration in theater, from Jackson State University. His educational career began at Chastain Middle School as a teacher of the performing arts, and he also began coaching football and sponsoring the school's drama club. His next assignment was at Jim Hill High School, where he taught speech and debate and sponsored the speech and debate club. During that time, he was also assigned the task of rebuilding the track program and coaching football as an assistant. He remained at Jim Hill for eight years. In 2005, he attended Mississippi College and obtained a master's in educational leadership. Afterward, he began his career as an administrator, and his first assignment was at Hattiesburg High School as the ninth grade academy principal. After two years, Terry returned to Jackson Public Schools as the assistant principal at Wingfield High School. At Wingfield, Terry also served in the capacity of athletic director and assistant coach for football and girls softball.
If a student cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way they can learn.