Oak Park Principal Eric Boone

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 Oak Park Elementary 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."



Assistant Principal

Rachel Virgess

Rachel Virgess began her career in education as a 4th grade ELA/Social Studies teacher at Byhalia Elementary School in the Marshall County School District. Prior to joining the Laurel School District in August of 2008, she served as an 8th grade Reading teacher at also at Byhalia Middle School. Here in Laurel, she has held the following positions: 7th grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher, 8th grade ELA Teacher, Lead Teacher, and ELA Department Chairperson. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Oak Park Elementary School.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Mississippi, Educational Specialists in Reading Instruction from The University of Southern Mississippi, and Educational Specialists in Educational Leadership from William Carey University.

"I love having the opportunity to make a difference (no matter how small) in the lives of students. It is my goal to ensure that ALL students succeed and excel and that teachers are provided with the proper support to positively impact our future."