Pollard began her career in education in 1998 as a biology teacher in the Dallas Public School District. She brings with her 22 years of experience, having served as a teacher, technology facilitator, assistant principal and principal in the elementary, middle and high school arenas.
She received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Jackson State University, a master’s degree in elementary education from William Carey University and a specialist’s degree in administrative leadership from Walden University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in administrative leadership from Walden University.
She has received numerous grants and endowments used to fund educational initiatives in the schools she has served, and has received many awards and honors for her dedication to education. Most recently, she was named Forrest County School District Administrator of the Year in 2019 and currently serves on the Mississippi Department of Education Principal Advisory Board.
Ryakko M. Price
Ryakko M. Price began her career in education as a history teacher and cheer coach in Houston, Texas before coming to the Laurel School District in July 2002. While in Laurel she has served as head varsity girls basketball coach, ninth grade principal, assistant high school principal and CTC director, and is currently an assistant principal at Laurel Middle School.
She received a Bachelor of Science in history education from Alabama State University, master’s degree in sports administration and specialist in educational leadership both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership from William Carey University.
“Shaping the lives of impressionable minds gives me great encouragement and motivation. They are our future and the sky is truly the limit.”
Jasmine Haynes, an Air Force veteran, began her career in education in 2006 at Hattiesburg Public School District. She has served in Hattiesburg, Laurel, Lamar County and Covington County school districts. She returns to Laurel with 14 years of experience, having served as a teacher assistant, teacher, reading interventionist, and assistant principal in the elementary, middle and high school arenas respectively.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from William Carey University. She is currently pursuing a specialist degree in Higher Education Leadership from William Carey University.
She has received numerous technology and positive behavior grants which were used to fund educational initiatives in the schools she has served. She is the president of the Pinebelt Reading Council and currently serves on the board of the Mississippi Literacy Association.
Mrs. Haynes is a firm believer in the quote by Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change to the world.”