Biloxi resident, Kelleigh Reynolds, has been selected to lead the new 5th and 6th grade school, Biloxi Upper Elementary.
Superintendent Arthur McMillan said, "Because of the talented and highly qualified administrators in our schools, we didn't have to look very far to find the right fit for Biloxi Upper Elementary. Kelleigh has an impressive history in education and she's a natural leader. I'm looking forward to what she'll achieve in this new position - our 5th and 6th graders will be in good hands!"
For the last 15 years, Reynolds has served the Indian Nation in many roles, beginning her career in Biloxi as a 7th grade English teacher at Michel where she was department chair and a district-appointed mentor for new teachers. During this time, Reynolds achieved National Board Certification in English Language Arts before moving on to her next role as an EL and French teacher at both BJHS and BHS.
Named State Teacher of the Year in 2009, Reynolds next fulfilled her duties as secondary language arts instructional coach for the district. Over the course of these years, Reynolds played an integral role in developing curriculum and assessment banks for the district, providing in-house professional development for teachers, and serving as an invited participant on MDE panels for the state's transition into CCRS.
Reynolds transitioned into administration 4 years ago having now served as Assistant Principal of Popp's Ferry Elementary and 3 years as Asst. Principal at BJHS. Recently, Reynolds was named the 2014 Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Administrator of the Year.
Reynolds is the mom of three daughters: Kassidy Reynolds, BHS Class of 2016 Salutatorian, currently attending the University of South Alabama, Devyn Reynolds, an upcoming senior at BHS, and Colette Reynolds, an upcoming 7th grader at BJHS.