Philadelphia schools announce new leadership team


The Philadelphia Public School District has announced several changes in its administrative leadership team, according to superintendent Dr. Lisa Hull.

"Our new team members bring leadership styles that will complement the central office staff as well as our administrative team," Hull said. "Our new team brings experience that will help move our district forward as we prepare students for college and careers."

Melishia Hancock is taking over as the new principal for Philadelphia Elementary School. 

Hancock has been a part of the district for more than 20 years. Hancock is National Board certified in Early Adolescent Math, obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University. She has three children, two daughters ages 18 and 15 and one son, age 6.

Dr. Gregory Stephens is the Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs for the Philadelphia Public School District. 

Stephens has been an educator and administrator for well over two decades. Stephens has a bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. He has a Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration and Kinesiology, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration and Supervision with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction all of which came from Mississippi State University. Stephens is currently working on his Master of Science Degree in Counseling. He has completed over 30 graduate hours in elementary education from the University of West Alabama.

Stephens comes from a family of educators.  He is married with two sons ages 19 and 14. 

Mina Mooney will be joining Philadelphia Public School District as the director of Child Nutrition/Public Relations. Mooney is a graduate of Delta State University and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Media/Design. Mooney has an extensive background working in the Advertising, Marketing, and Hospitality Industry and has worked as a journalist for several newspapers, media outlets and websites.

Justin Richardson will be joining Philadelphia Public School District as the business manager. Richardson graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Banking and Finance and a minor in Economics. He has worked in various departments in the Construction Industry including Accounting, Human Relations, Safety, Payroll and Logistics. Justin is married to Amanda Richardson, and they have a daughter named Sellers Richardson. 

Stacy Shields will be joining Philadelphia Public School as the director of Special Services/Testing Coordinator. Shields has spent the last five years in the Meridian Public School District where she served as Case Manager for the Office of Exceptional Education. Shields received her B.S. from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.S. in Special Education Administration from Arkansas State University. She most recently received an additional M.S. Degree in Psychometry from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Shields is married to Jeremy Shields and has four daughters: Kamryn, Lexie, Brookle and Katie.

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