Torrey Hampton, Principal
This is the beginning of my 19th year in education. My career began in Holmes County. I taught at Milestone Elementary from 1999 to 2002. In August of 2002, my educational journey continued at Blackburn Middle School, where I taught math, held the position of team leader, and coached boys basketball. In July 2013, my first glimpse of administration began at Forest Hill High School. The opportunity of being principal was afforded to me in January 2016 in the Yazoo City Municipal School District. The two and a half years spent there really shaped my thinking about teaching and learning. Last, my educational journey led me back to Forest Hill High School as Principal.
Alonda Nicholson-Thomas, Assistant Principal/Curriculum & Instruction Principal
Dr. Alonda M. Nicholson, a native of Laurel, Mississippi, has been an educator for the past 12 years with the Jackson Public School District. Dr. Nicholson received her Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Nicholson has pursued additional studies at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1988), the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York (1999), and Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Indianapolis, Indiana (2003).
I believe that all children can learn. I believe that all children deserve the same opportunity to learn regardless of their abilities, environment, background, and/or socio-economic status. In order to make it a reality, we as educators must be compassionate, objective and dedicated. In addition, we must be creative in our instruction, as well as with our available resources.
Cassandra Shelling-Brown, Assistant Principal
Dr. Cassandra Shelling-Brown is a native of Louisiana and has been an educator for 31 years. She graduated in 1987 from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in elementary education. She received both a master's in elementary education and a master's in educational leadership from the University Of Louisiana at Monroe in 1990 and 2004 respectively. In 2007, Dr. Brown received a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in educational leadership from Jackson State University.
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 is certified to teach elementary grades 1-5, middle school mathematics, pre-advanced placement mathematics, high school general science, and high school English. She is currently involved in the National Institute for School Leaders (NISL) and has served on various school and district level committees. Dr. Brown is married to SFC ( Retired) Calvin Brown and is the mother of three children and has nine grandsons.
The whole child must be educated. We must equip scholars with quality information and provide them with meaningful opportunities to ensure a foundation where success can be attained and established.
Frank Terry, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
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.