HCSD Welcomes New Assistant Principals

HCSD Welcomes New Assistant Principals

Some are familiar faces. Others are new to the Harrison County School District. Meet six new assistant principals for the 2019-20 school year.

Otis Gaines II

Please help us welcome Mr. Otis Gaines II to the Harrison County School District family! Mr. Gaines will serve as an assistant principal at North Gulfport Middle School this year.

Mr. Gaines is a native of Jackson, MS. He graduated from Jackson State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science & Technology. He is an advocate for education and a firm believer in “the more you know”. His educational journey also led to stops at William Carey University, where he received a Master of Education in the Art of Teaching, and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

Mr. Gaines began his professional career with the Jackson Public School District in 2004 as the Tech Prep teacher at Hardy Middle School. He also taught and coached basketball on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.- at Long Beach High School. While on the Coast, he had the unique opportunity to coach the Mississippi Blues, a member of the American Basketball Association. In 2011, he returned home to his alma mater and was named the head boys' basketball coach and health teacher at Provine High.

In 2019, Mr. Gaines entered the administrative arena by completing the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership (MAPSQSL) program. He brings over 14 years of experience as an accomplished educator/athletic professional who is dedicated to the educational success of all students.

Mr. Gaines' passion for youth and basketball opened doors for him to give back to the community. He has done charitable work with the Mo Williams Foundation basketball camp and the Mississippi Drills and Skills Academy. In 2012, he started the O.G. II Camp Evolution: Books & Basketball, where good student-athletes evolve into great leaders.

Mr. Gaines is the son of Otis Sr. and E. Louise Gaines. He is the eldest of his two siblings: Caleb and Danielle Gaines.

We are excited to have Mr. Gaines on the North Gulfport team, and we look forward to a great 2019-20 school year! Congratulations!

Amy Bosarge

A former student in the Harrison County School District is coming home, this time to serve as an administrator. Mrs. Amy Bosarge will be the new assistant principal at Woolmarket Elementary School.

Mrs. Bosarge is a life-long resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She graduated from D'Iberville High School in 1996. While there, she was named "Miss DHS" and "Homecoming Queen".

Mrs. Bosarge received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from USM in 2000. She graduated in 2016 from William Carey University with a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration.

During her career, Mrs. Bosarge was chosen by the Mississippi Department of Education to serve on the Professional Growth System Committee. From 2003-2018, she was a fifth grade teacher at St. Martin Upper Elementary, where she served as the science curriculum chair, PLC chair, and on the Leadership Committee. Most recently, she was the high school lead teacher and testing coordinator in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.

Mrs. Bosarge has been married for 19 years to Robert Bosarge. They have two sons - Ethan (16) and Danny (13). Mrs. Bosarge is the daughter of Daniel and Bennie Holland of D’Iberville.

Congratulations Mrs. Bosarge, and welcome back to HCSD!

Jaworski Rankin

We are excited to welcome another new assistant principal to the Harrison County School District family! Mr. Jaworski Rankin will be joining the administrative team at Harrison Central High this year.

Mr. Rankin began his career in education with the Leake County School District in 2003. He spent five years at South Leake High School, where he taught U.S. History and served as the head boys’ basketball coach.

In 2008, Mr. Rankin accepted positions with the Tupelo Public School District, teaching social studies and serving as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Tupelo High School. In 2011, he began working in the Grenada Public School District as a teacher and head boys’ basketball coach at Grenada High School. Most recently, Mr. Rankin had the opportunity to spend five years with the Aberdeen School District as a teacher, head boys’ basketball coach, alternative school coordinator, and assistant principal.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in political science, Mr. Rankin gained educational certification through Mississippi’s Educator Alternate Route Program. He obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and School Administration from Mississippi State University.

Mr. Rankin’s educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to work with diverse students in various public school districts. He has gained a deeper understanding that students flourish when there is genuine love and support, coupled with structure and discipline.

Mr. Rankin’s educational philosophy is rooted in having a vision, building communication, confidence, capacity, and collaboration among the fellow team members. In reference to leadership and vision, he is inspired by the words of Gail Devers. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith, and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

Mr. Rankin is married to the beautiful Preciouss Rankin, and they have four handsome sons: Geordon, Christian, Mickell, and Joseph.

Congratulations Mr. Rankin! We look forward to introducing you to our Harrison Central Rebels.

Melissa Quave

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Melissa Quave to Bel-Aire Elementary. She is excited to join Bel-Aire as an assistant principal for the 2019-20 school year!

Mrs. Quave has 13 years of experience in the field of education. Prior to joining Bel-Aire Elementary, she served as the assistant principal at North Gulfport Middle School.

Mrs. Quave has also served as the instructional literacy coach at Three Rivers Elementary and North Gulfport Middle School. She previously taughtthird grade at Three Rivers Elementary and second and third grade at Woolmarket Elementary. She began her educational career at Three Rivers Elementary as a kindergarten teacher assistant.

Mrs. Quave graduated from William Carey University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. She is a graduate of D’Iberville High School.

Mrs. Quave is married to Davey Quave. They have two daughters, Emma Grace and Ella Kate. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Congratulations to Mrs. Quave, and we wish her the very best at Bel-Aire!

Erin Cates

Congratulations to Mrs. Erin Cates on her new position in the Harrison County School District!

Mrs. Cates will serve as an assistant principal at West Wortham Elementary and Middle School this year. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from William Carey University.

Mrs. Cates began her career in the HCSD in 2010 at D'Iberville Middle School, where she taught 7th and 8th grade English and Reading. She then moved to North Woolmarket Elementary School, where she began teaching kindergarten. She also taught kindergarten for two years at D’Iberville Elementary School.

Last year, Mrs. Cates served on the administrative team at Bel-Aire Elementary as the Instructional Literacy Coach.

Mrs. Cates is extremely excited to join the West Wortham family! She has a passion for education and is thrilled to be able to support teachers in the advancement of student achievement!

Mrs. Cates is married to Justin Cates and they have two children, their daughter, Emry, and their son, Cooper.

Welcome to the Wolfpack, Mrs. Cates!

Deonardo Scott

A familiar face in the Harrison County School District will be joining the River Oaks Elementary School family this year.

Mr. Deonardo D. Scott will serve as an assistant principal at River Oaks. Mr. Scott is a lifelong resident of Gulfport and a 1990 graduate of Harrison Central High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from William Carey University, and a Master’s in Religious Studies from Liberty University.

Mr. Scott began his career in the HSCD in 1997 at North Gulfport, where he taught Physical Education, Health, and Social Studies classes. Over the span of 20 years in education, he has served the students and surrounding communities as a head coach of football, basketball, and track programs, and he has been the department chair for the Social Studies and Physical Education Departments.

For the past two-and-a-half years, Mr. Scott has served as the assistant principal at his alma mater - Harrison Central High School. He was a part of an administrative team that has seen strides in graduation rates, additional AP and dual credit classes offered, and a “B” rating on the state’s accountability model.

At River Oaks, Mr. Scott will continue to empower excellence in students (E^3) to take control of their own learning by establishing an environment built on relationships, responsibility, and accountability.

Mr. Scott is married to Chenita Scott and they have three beautiful daughters, Enfinity, Eternity and Kaitlyn Scott. He is also an associate minister at First Missionary Baptist Church-Handsboro in Gulfport, and a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Congratulations Mr. Deonardo Scott and welcome to River Oaks Elementary!