Laurel High School Principal
Eric Boone began his career in education as a third and fourth-grade math teacher. Prior to joining the Laurel School District in July 2019, he served as a teacher, bus driver, coach, assistant principal, and principal. He is currently principal at Laurel High School.
He received a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master's degree in teaching from Alcorn State University, a master's degree in educational leadership, and a specialist degree in instructional leadership from William Carey University.
"Education is a tool that can be used to transform the lives of people, which can ultimately be used to shape the nation. Each day, I do my best to encourage students and teachers to do the best they can do, because we are preparing children today to become leaders of tomorrow. I love when students are working on a task and they have an "aha" moment. This gives me joy to know that the student has grasped the concept and they are growing in their learning."
Dr. Deitra Davis is an experienced and dedicated educational professional currently serving as an Assistant Principal at the Laurel School District. With a passion for teaching and leadership, Dr. Davis has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise throughout her 16 years in the field of education.
Dr. Davis began her career as a long-term substitute teacher in the Hattiesburg School District. Throughout her career, Dr. Davis has held various roles in education, including high school art teacher, art teacher liaison, new teacher mentor, and student teacher supervisor. She also served as an Art Education Associate Professor in Texas, as well as an Adjunct Art Instructor at both college and community college levels.
Dr. Davis is a proud alumna of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She continued her education at the same institution, earning a Master of Art Education. Furthering her commitment to educational leadership, Dr. Davis went on to obtain her Doctorate Degree in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State.
I" love working in the field of education, because it gives me a chance to inspire students and help promote their academic successes and social experiences. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to help students reach their highest academic potential."
Crystal Tucker began her journey in education as a day tutor and assistant teacher at Oak Park Elementary. She quickly became a practitioner in college and career readiness, safety education, and physical education. She has previously performed the duties of a head coach in two sports for six years. Throughout her practitioner journey, she was recognized as the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pine Belt of the Mississippi Committee.
Tucker received her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, and recreation, a master’s degree in education, and her specialist degree in educational leadership from William Carey University.
Each day, I am given the opportunity to inspire, change mindsets, increase support, and empower individuals that are eager for success. Our students will not be in mental stagnation but will have continual momentum. As B. Knight states, “The key is not the will to win, everybody has that, it is the will to prepare to win that is important”. Greatness will be achieved through a strategic collaboration of the school organization and the community.