Brandi Calahan                                                                                            601-428-5312                                                                


Brandi Calahan began her career in education as a long-term substitute teacher.  Before coming to the Laurel School District in 2021 she served as a Middle School & High School English Teacher, Academic Coach for ELA and social studies. She also served as a  Assistant Principal in the state of Mississippi and Georgia. She brings with her 14 years of experience.  She is currently Principal for Laurel Middle School.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, Masters in Education Administration from William Carey University, and completed Millsaps College Principals' Institute.

"Educating and having the opportunity to assist in shaping the minds of young people is a blessing.  Our students deserve the best and nothing less."





Assistant Principal

Jastassia White Ed.S.                                      601-428-5312

6th Grade Students A-L and All 8th Grade Students

Jastassia White began her career in education as a Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant. Before coming to the Laurel School District in July 2021, she served as a Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant, Inclusion Teacher, Reading Teacher, and Dean of Students. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Laurel Middle School.

Mississippi State University alumni, undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 



Assistant Principal

Yashika Nicholson                                601-428-5312

6th Grade Students M-Z and All 7th Grade Students

Yashika Nicholson began her career in education as a Head Start teacher assistant. Before coming to the Laurel School District in August 2018, she served as an Elementary, Middle, High School Teacher,  ELA Interventionist and Counselor.

She received a Bachelor of Science in  Elementary Education from Alcorn State University and William Carey University, M.Ed School and Guidance Counselor from the University of West Alabama, and an Ed.S Educational Leadership from William CareyUniversity.

"I love working in education because I'm changing the world, one scholar at a time. "