Tupelo names two elementary principals

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Two Tupelo elementary schools will have new principals next year.
Lawhon Elementary Principal Christy Carroll will move to Carver Elementary School to replace Terry Harbin, who took a job teaching an educational leadership class at Delta State University.
Corlis Curry, who is principal at West Amory Elementary, will replace Carroll as Lawhon’s leader.
Tupelo’s school board approved both hires at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The board also approved hiring Leigh Mobley as Tupelo’s executive director of school improvement, a position that will essentially serve as curriculum director.
Mobley currently serves as Amory’s director of instruction, supervision and professional development.
Carver is a kindergarten and first-grade school, and Lawhon has grades two- through five. Carver is Lawhon’s lone feeder school.
Carroll has been Lawhon’s principal for five years. Before that, she taught kindergarten, first and fifth grades for 14 years in Lee County Schools. Incoming Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden said that Carroll was willing to make the switch.
Carroll said it was a difficult decision, but that she was ready for a new challenge and that she looks forward to working with the Carver staff and community.
Curry taught English at Tupelo High School for seven years and has worked in the Amory system since 2008. She was an assistant principal before becoming principal at West Amory Elementary.
Mobley has also served as a teacher, a principal, and a director of curriculum, assessment and technology.
Loden has worked with both Curry and Mobley in Amory, where he is currently superintendent.