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Teachers of the Month

David Boatman

November 2019

I am the ICT 1 teacher for 6th grade. I graduated from MSU with a degree in Business Management. This is my 20th year working in  the Houston School District."

Keith Jernigan

October 2019

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.

Lizzie Brandon

September 2019

I am the 8th grade science teacher at Houston Middle School. I work with the 8th grade students to teach them fun and interesting things in science, prepare them for state tests, prepare them for high school, and help to prepare them for life in general. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Biology and General Sciences from Mississippi State University. I have previously worked at Starkville High School teaching biology, physical science, and environmental science. I love what I do. I truly enjoy seeing students work hard, achieve their goals, and learn new and interesting things in science. The most rewarding part of my job is watching students work hard and have that “light bulb” moment where everything finally makes sense!

Freda Morgan

August 2019
Special Education Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Freda Morgan, Special Education Assistant Teacher, is theTeacher of the Month for August. Mrs. Morgan was voted teacher of the month for several reasons. She goes above & beyond for her students and pushes her students to learn and grow. She always has a positive attitude and a smile that is contagious. We appreciate all you do, Mrs. Morgan!!

Carey Ward

7th and 8th Grade Language Arts

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

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Donna Turman


8th Grade Science Teacher

Mrs. Turman is a retired science teacher who is filling in this spring semester at Houston Middle School. 

We are so thankful to have Mrs. Turman teaching our 8th graders. She is preparing our students for the 8th Grade Science State Test. 

Alfreda Morgan


Special Education Assistant Teacher

"Mrs. Morgan has a genuine love for her students. She works so hard to make sure they get what they need to be successful."

"She is the most selfless person I know, constantly going above to show the students and teachers she cares."

"She is always positive!"

"She goes over and beyond her job many times. She has a love for her students."

Hannah Dendy


STEM 8th Grade Teacher

I received my Bachelor's in Education at the University of Mississippi. I took my first teaching job at Houlka Attendance Center teaching 7th grade through 12th. I was there for two years. I taught ICT I, ICT II, 7th grade Reading, ACT prep, and Theatre I. Last year I was excited to come back to my hometown and become a part of the HMS family.

Derick Kirby


8th Grade Geography-MS Studies Teacher/Head Softball Coach

I am the 8th grade Geography/MS Studies teacher as well as the Head Softball coach. I have taught and coached in the Houston School District for 5 years. I received my bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University and am currently seeking my Master's in Educational Leadership. I have been married to my wife, Tonya, for 14 years and have 3 kids, Anna Claire, Mylee, and Tyler who all attend school in this district. "We are never defeated unless we give up on God." - Ronald Reagan

Susan Eldridge


Language/Arts Teacher

I teach Language Arts and Speech and Drama at Houston Middle School. I am a graduate of Amory High School, Itawamba Community College, and Mississippi State University.

Melissa Moore

Music Teacher

I'm Melissa Moore, and I grew up in Houston. I've taught music in several places, including Houston Lower Elementary about 20 years ago. (I may have taught some of you parents!! :-) I took several years off to do other things, butI am thrilled to be back in Houston teaching middle-school and high-school chorus! The halls are alive with the sound of music!! 

Carol Lancaster

8th Grade Math Teacher

I teach 8th grade math and math tutorial at HMS. This is my 28th year teaching. I have also taught Kindergarten, 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade. I have a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in math from Mississippi State University. GO DAWGS!

Brittany Horn

7th Grade U.S. History

I have been teaching history at Houston Middle School for five years. I have a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in history from Mississippi University for Women.

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