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JPS Salutes Principals of Excellence for the Month of January 2022

January 28, 2022

 Dr. Sara Harper  Dr. Yolanda Lloyd  Kevin Culver  Torrey Hampton
Dr. Sara Harper Dr. Yolanda Lloyd Kevin Culver Torrey Hampton


Each month, the JPS administration honors principals who exhibit the core values of equity, excellence, growth mindset, relationships, relevance, and a positive and respectful culture. Congratulations to the following educators on being named January’s administrators of the month:

Dr. Sara Harper, principal of McWillie Elementary School in Division 1, has served in education for over 22 years. She has served at McWillie for 15 years, with nine years as principal. Dr. Harper works hard to ensure student growth for students in the Montessori program and PreK program. Her professional goal is provide a compassionate learning community and solid academic foundation so that the needs are met for the whole child.

Dr. Harper has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Exceptional Education from Millsaps, a master’s degree in Counseling from Jackson State and a doctorate in Education Leadership from Mississippi College. Dr. Harper serves on the board for the Millsaps Principals’ Institute, Leadership Greater Jackson and First Tee of Central Mississippi and is an active member of Junior League Jackson.


Dr. Yolanda Lloyd is the principal of John Hopkins Elementary School in Division 2. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and educational consultant during her education career.  Dr. Lloyd's vision, "John Hopkins Elementary allows me to provide leadership and expertise for the purpose of educating children". She has a wealth of knowledge with subject area content, learning strategies, and ensuring teaching and learning is relevant in the classroom.

Dr. Lloyd received her Ed. D., Early Childhood Education, Ed. S., and Educational Leadership, M.A., Elementary Education (K-8), from Jackson State University. She received her B.S., Elementary Education (K-8) from Delta State University.


Mr. Kevin L. Culver is the principal of Northwest Jackson Middle School. With over 20 years as an educational practitioner, Mr. Culver began his teaching career in the Jefferson Davis County School District where he taught a plethora of advanced Mathematics courses including 7th grade Mathematics, 8th grade Mathematics, 8th grade Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus/Trigonometry for 14 years.  He also served as head varsity baseball coach, head junior high football coach, head junior varsity football coach, and assistant varsity football coach. Upon employment with the Jackson Public School District, Mr. Culver began working at Morrison Academic Advancement Center where he taught 8th grade Pre-algebra and served as an assistant football coach at Jim Hill High School.  Mr. Culver transitioned to Northwest Jackson International Baccalaureate World Middle School as Mathematics Interventionist and later became Lead Teacher.

He started his college matriculation at Jackson State University.  However, he received both a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree in Mathematics from William Carey College (now William Carey University). Additionally, he earned a Specialist in Education degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.


Mr. Torrey Hampton is the principal of Forest Hill High School (FHHS), also known as the University of South Jackson. His tenure at FHHS began in 2018. Since then, his time and energy has been spent transforming the culture and climate of the school along with ensuring that the academic integrity of the scholars is the primary focus.  Under his leadership, their school community has seen increases in academics, teacher retention, and graduation rates.

His educational career began in 1999 in the Holmes County School District where he taught in a fifth grade self-contained class. The following year he taught the fifth-grade class, along with sixth grade math. In August 2002, Mr. Hampton was hired at Blackburn Middle School where he taught sixth grade math until May 2013. While at Blackburn, he was team leader for one of the sixth-grade teams, head boys’ basketball and track coach. During the time at Blackburn, Mr. Hampton had the opportunity to dive into leadership by leading enrichment programs during the summer and stepping in when members of the administration team were out.

Mr. Hampton is a military veteran of seventeen years.  He was honorably discharged with a rank of 02 ( 1st Lieutenant).  Mr. Hampton holds degrees from Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University.  He is currently completing the doctoral program at Jackson State University.