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Teachers of the Month

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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