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Crestwood, Parkview, and Poplar Springs hire new principals

When students return in the fall there will be new principals at three elementary schools in the Meridian Public School District.

Crestwood Elementary School

Crestwood Principal Mrs. Natasha Mosley

Natasha Mosley will be the new principal at Crestwood Elementary School. Mosley is a former teacher and administrator for the past 17 years. She has served in Omaha Public Schools in Omaha, NE and most recently worked for the Quitman School District.

“We will learn and grow together, and I am confident that we will continue to climb the ladder of success,” said Mosley. “And that this year will be an extension of the enriching, rewarding, and successful school years that Crestwood has always experienced in the past.”

Mosley holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Jackson State University and majored in Ed. Leadership and obtained her M.S. degree at Jackson State University. She also holds an Ed. S. in Education Leadership and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education Leadership at Mississippi State University.


Parkview Elementary School

Parkview Principal Dr. Tracy Henshaw-Jackson

Dr. Tracy Henshaw-Jackson will be the new principal at Parkview Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Henshaw-Jackson has served as an Academic director in Greenville Public School District, and a Curriculum Coordinator, principal, and teacher in Gulfport School District with 24 years total in education.

“I am looking forward to joining the Parkview family,” said Dr. Henshaw-Jackson. Every decision at Parkview will be what’s best for children every time.”

Dr. Henshaw-Jackson holds a  B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Secondary Education in English from William Carey College. She obtained her Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Poplar Springs Elementary School

Poplar Springs Principal Dr. Gregory Smith

Dr. Gregory W. Smith will serve Poplar Springs Elementary School as its new principal for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Smith has worked in education for a total of 22 years. He previously worked in the Columbia (MS) School District, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hartwick College in New York, Clemson University, Mt. Holly School District in New Jersey and the Bloomfield School District in New Jersey.

“I’m incredibly excited to have been appointed Principal of Poplar Springs Elementary School,” said Smith. “I look forward to working with the students, staff, and community of PSE as we capitalize on the rich traditions and academic achievements of our school and build upon our mission: to integrate the whole child in the learning process, develop his/her artistic, academic, physical, and social and emotional well-being. Panda Power!”

Smith holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from West Chester (PA) University, M.A. in Literature from Harrison Middleton (AZ) University, M.A. in Special Education from New Jersey City University, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College, and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University.