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Teachers of the Month

Laquanda Cooper

6th Grade ELA Teacher

MARCH 2018

I am a graduate of Houston High School and Mississippi StateUniversity with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for fourteen years, and I am currently one of the 6th Grade English Language Arts Teachers at Houston Middle School. Teaching is one of my passions. Therefore, I strive to do my best daily to help students reach their maximum

potential. I strongly believe all students can learn and it is my job to find
that creative teaching strategy to utilize in order for that learning to come
to fruition!

Danna Harrell

Library Media Specialists

February 2018

I am the Houston Middle School librarian. I work with students in the 6th - 8th grade. I have a degree in elementary education, as well as an endorsement in library media from the University of Mississippi. I worked as an 8th grade reading teacher for 14 years prior to working in my current position. I am also the yearbook advisor for the middle school, and I am excited about creating a fantastic yearbook this year. As always, feel free to contact me with any library or yearbook questions.

Keith Jernigan

P.E./Girls Basketball

January 2018

I am the 6th - 8th grade physical education teacher, as well as the 7th and 8th grade girls basketball coach. I graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Health and Physical Education.

Carey Ward

7th & 8th Language Arts 

December 2017

As a graduate of Houston High, I am honored to teach in my hometown. This is my eleventh year at HMS, and I love the middle grades with all of their challenges and achievements! I currently hold a bachelor's of science degree from Mississippi State University and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi. My plans are to continue my education, because we never stop learning!

Joyce Moore

7th Grade Math Teacher

November 2017

Ms. Moore has taught school for 25 years, with the past five at Houston Middle School, where she teaches 7th grade math and math tutorial.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Blue Mountain College, with endorsements in math and science. Ms. Moore says one of the best parts about teaching is seeing a student’s face light up after grasping how to work a difficult problem.

Sabrina Weaver

7th Grade Inclusion Teacher

October 2017

Ms. Weaver teaches 7th grade Language Arts Inclusion, Math Inclusion and tutorial. This is her third year teaching at Houston Middle School. She has a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education, Language Arts, and Science from the University of Mississippi.

Susan Eldridge

6th Grade Language Arts; Speech & Drama 

September 2017

Mrs. Eldridge teaches Language Arts and Speech and Drama at Houston Middle School. She is a graduate of Amory High School, Itawamba Community College, and Mississippi State University.

Kay Borst

8th Grade Science

August 2017


Mrs. Borst is a graduate of Houston High School and Mississippi State University. She has an Elementary Education degree with several educational endorsements. She has taught at HMS for 15 years. Mrs. Borst says she loves her job and enjoys watching the children grow into young men and ladies.

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