Introducing New HCSD School Principals

Introducing New HCSD School Principals for 2021-22

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (June 7, 2021) – The Harrison County School District would like to congratulate eight new principals as they prepare to take on their latest leadership roles in the district for the 2021-22 school year.

April Daniels

Congratulations to Mrs. April Daniels on being named the new principal of Crossroads Elementary School!

Mrs. Daniels has been in Harrison County School District for the last three years as the assistant principal of Lyman Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi College.

Mrs. Daniels began her career as an educator 14 years ago in Jackson Public Schools where she served at Walton Elementary as a fifth-grade teacher. From there, she taught at Carver Middle School before moving to Hattiesburg Public Schools where she served as a teacher, interventionist, and instructional coach on the elementary and middle school levels. During her teaching tenure, Mrs. Daniels was named "Teacher of the Year". She also received special recognition on numerous occasions for her effectiveness as a classroom teacher.

Mrs. Daniels truly believes that a good teacher can change the trajectory of a child’s life. She is committed to excellence and creating a safe and positive learning environment with high expectations for all.

Mrs. Daniels is married to Kevin Daniels, who is also a career educator, and they have four children: Jaylen, Jordan, Alexis, and Laila.

Welcome to the Crossroads family, Mrs. Daniels!

William Bentz

We would like to congratulate Mr. William Bentz, who will serve as the new principal of Lyman Elementary School!

Mr. Bentz has 11 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator and has worked at all levels of education from elementary, middle, and high school. He has also served as a graduate assistant instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mr. Bentz holds a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor's Degree and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a graduate of Harrison Central High School and is proud to be a product of the Harrison County School District! Mr. Bentz taught history for three years at Harrison Central High and has been the assistant principal of Lizana Elementary since 2018.

Mr. Bentz's educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of putting students' well-being and academic successes first. He believes that all students can learn with a safe positive learning environment, a committed educational team, a supportive family, and an encouraging community.

Mr. Bentz and his wife, Sarah, have two children, William and Isabella.

Welcome to the Lions family at Lyman, Mr. Bentz!

Milton Ray

We are excited to announce that Mr. Milton Ray, III, has been named principal of the newly-expanded North Gulfport Elementary and Middle School!

Mr. Ray previously served as principal of Crossroads Elementary School and assistant principal of North Gulfport Middle School. He has dedicated 17 years to education as an Algebra teacher, Physical Education teacher, track coach, and head varsity basketball coach at S.V. Marshall High School, Forest Hill High School, and West Harrison High School.

Mr. Ray was named Teacher of the Year twice during his teaching tenure. He is a Principal Corps alumnus where he received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Ray received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science from Mississippi Valley State University. He was selected as a 2015-16 North/South All-Star Basketball Coach. Additionally, he was named Farm Bureau Coach of the Year while coaching at West Harrison High.

Mr. Ray is married to Mrs. Chaqueta Weston-Ray and has two sons, Damarius and Dezmond Ray. Congratulations, Mr. Ray, and best wishes in the upcoming school year!

Roman Holmes

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Roman Holmes as he prepares to begin his first year as the principal of North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School!

Mr. Holmes has served as an assistant principal for the past five years at D’Iberville High School. He is a 1995 graduate of South Pike High School in Magnolia, MS.

Mr. Holmes previously served as a teacher and coach at Vancleave High School for 13 years. During that time, he served as an attendance and testing administrator, History department chairperson, head tennis coach, assistant varsity football coach, and assistant varsity baseball coach. He was awarded the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012-2013 for outstanding performance in the classroom. In 2019, he was awarded the Mississippi State Association of Student Councils High School Administrator of the Year Award.

Prior to his move to Vancleave, Mr. Holmes began his career at his Alma Mater, South Pike, teaching history and coaching football, baseball, and soccer. He received his associate's degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS. Mr. Holmes received his bachelor's degree in History from the University of Southern Mississippi and obtained his master's in education from The University of West Alabama in Livingston.

The 2020-2021 school year marked his 20th year in education, and his 6th year in administration. Mr. Holmes is excited about the opportunity to serve as the new principal of North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School!

Mr. Holmes is married to Raina Holmes, who is also a career educator. They have two daughters, Mary Claire and Lily.

Welcome to North Woolmarket, Mr. Holmes, and best wishes on an amazing 2021-22 school year!

Alyson Grissom

We are very happy to announce that Mrs. Alyson Grissom has been named the new principal of Saucier Elementary School!

Mrs. Grissom has been in education for 31 years, with over 24 of those years in the Harrison County School District. She was a teacher at the Harrison County Child Development Center for 3 1/2 years, where she was named "Teacher of the Year". She later became a case manager there for 15 years.

Mrs. Grissom spent one year at West Wortham Elementary and Middle School as an instructional literacy coach and was proud to be part of the team that achieved an A rating through MDE. She has been serving as assistant principal at D'Iberville Middle School for the last four years. She is also thrilled to have been part of the team that moved DMS to an A rating through MDE!

Mrs. Grissom earned her Bachelor of Science in special education at Delta State University. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and instruction at The University of Mississippi. In 2015, she was selected to attend the Principal Corps program through the University of Mississippi, where she earned her specialist in educational leadership.

Mrs. Grissom is excited about the opportunity to serve as the new principal of Saucier Elementary! She recognizes the importance of all students being provided with a quality education and truly believes that teachers can change lives. She is committed to ensuring that students are provided with an environment that is conducive to both academic and social growth.

Mrs. Grissom is married to Harold Grissom. They share three children: Alexandria "Alex" Saucier, Owen Grissom, and Preston Grissom. They also have three grandchildren: Abby Grissom, Easton Grissom, and Wesley Grissom.

Congratulations, Mrs. Grissom! We know you will help the Saucier Jets continue to soar!

Dr. Natasha Williams

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Natasha R. Williams has been named principal of the new West Harrison Middle School!

Dr. Williams is currently the principal of North Gulfport Middle School. She has served as a teacher, lead teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Harrison County School District. During her 21 years in HCSD, she has been named Teacher of the Year - Saucier Elementary School, Kiwanis Teacher of the Month, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Administrator of the Year, and Harrison County School District Administrator of the Year!

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Williams on successfully defending her dissertation and completing her advanced degree earlier this year. She now holds her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Williams is married to Paul Williams and they have two sons, Paul II and Roman.

Congratulations, Dr. Williams, and we wish you the very best as you take on this new leadership role at WHMS!

Dr. Michael Weaver

Please help us congratulate Dr. Michael Weaver on being named principal of West Wortham Elementary & Middle School!

Dr. Weaver has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator for over 22 years. He retired as a Sergeant Major after 24 years in the U.S. Army and Mississippi Army National Guard.

During his years as an educator and administrator, Dr. Weaver taught and mentored students from Vancleave Middle School, Harrison Central High School, D’Iberville High School, Bel-Aire Elementary School, North Gulfport 8th grade, and he spent the last six years at West Harrison High School. Dr. Weaver is very proud that West Harrison has achieved an A rating and became the number three high school in the state of Mississippi!

After graduating from Harrison Central High, Dr. Weaver graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minored in Military Science from The University of Mississippi. He went on to graduate from William Carey University with his Master’s degree in secondary education, and he finished his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

As part of his distinguished military career, Dr. Weaver served two tours overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served on several tours to Central American countries as part of humanitarian and nation-building joint task force missions. He has attended various military leadership courses ranging from Primary Leadership Development Course to the Sergeants Major Academy. He is also a recipient of The Bronze Star!

Dr. Weaver also serves as an adjunct professor at William Carey University. He is married to Debbie Weaver, has two daughters, Rachel and Kirsten, and one granddaughter, Ashlyn.

We are very happy for you, Dr. Weaver, and best wishes in your latest leadership position at West Wortham!


Kevin Roberts

We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Kevin Roberts has been named the new principal of Woolmarket Elementary School!

Mr. Roberts is finishing his 20th year in education and 18th year in the Harrison County School District. During his time in the education field, he has taught at Orange Grove Elementary, Gulfport High School, Harrison Central High School (HCHS), and D’Iberville High School (DHS).

Mr. Roberts is presently the assistant principal at Three Rivers Elementary where he is serving his third year. Prior to coming to Three Rivers, he was the instructional literacy coach at DHS for 2 ½ years. He has served as a Social Studies teacher at DHS and HCHS, and he was the History Department Chairperson at HCHS.

As “Coach Roberts”, he coached football for 14 years, along with coaching basketball, baseball, and tennis. During his tenure in teaching, he was awarded the Kiwanis Teacher of the Month on multiple occasions, was certified to teach AP Economics, and earned the distinction as Master Teacher of Economics from the Mississippi Council for Economic Education. In the summer of 2019, he attended the Millsaps Principal Institute.

Mr. Roberts proudly graduated from HCHS in 1995 before attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He graduated from Mississippi College in 1999 with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. He earned his master’s degree in Elementary Education from William Carey University in 2003.

Mr. Roberts has been married to Kristi Roberts, another 20-year educator and coach, for 20 years and has two children, Xander and Raegan. Mr. Roberts looks forward to returning to Woolmarket Elementary and working with the team there to continue the tradition of academic excellence that has become the standard at WES.

Congratulations, Mr. Roberts!

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