Dr. Lewis Holloway


Dr. Lewis Holloway is a veteran superintendent with almost 30 years of experience leading school districts in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alaska and Georgia.  In 2012, he returned home to Mississippi after serving as a superintendent for 12 years in Georgia as the education chief in Statesboro and Athens – Clarke County.

Dr. Holloway holds both a doctorate degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in middle school education from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He received his master’s degree in education from Mississippi State University.

In the past two years, Dr. Holloway has been instrumental in bringing the District’s instructional technology tools for students, teachers, and parents into the 21st century.  Each classroom is equipped with a SMARTBoard, each teacher has a laptop, and all schools have multiple computer labs to allow for classroom instruction and individualized learning.  Parents can also now be more involved in the educational process with online tools for home access such as PowerSchool’s Parent Portal, which allows them to monitor grades, discipline, attendance and assignments, and Compass Odyssey, which offers personalized learning paths for each child with a rigorous and engaging curriculum.

Under Dr. Holloway’s direction, SOCSD is preparing to become one Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District in 2015, breaking new ground in Mississippi through a unique partnership with Mississippi State University.  The partnership includes plans to build a 6-7 school that will simultaneously educate children at the middle grades and those in the middle of their undergraduate study at MSU in a single state of the art facility using some of the future’s most innovative classroom experiences and techniques.

Dr. Jody Woodrum

woodrumAssistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Jody Woodrum is a veteran educator, with more than 25 years of experience as an administrator.  She joined the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District in 2012 as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.   Dr. Woodrum holds a masters degree from Appalachian State University and a doctoral degree from Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Woodrum began her educational career as a language arts teacher at Claxton Middle School in Evans County, Georgia in 1982. Prior to coming to Starkville, Woodrum served as a principal and curriculum coordinator in Bulloch County, Georgia before becoming assistant superintendent in 2007, where she worked with SOSD’s Superintendent Lewis Holloway.  During Woodrum’s tenure in Bulloch County, she initiated the use of MAP and Compass Odyssey, a computer assisted learning program, to individualize learning for each child based on ability level, challenging the most advanced students while building confidence among struggling learners.  Woodrum also implemented Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord program to build fluency and improve literacy and created extended learning alternatives.

Dr. Woodrum brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District.  She possesses a comprehensive understanding of MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing, Compass Odyssey, Fast ForWord, and Reading Street, all of which SOCSD has successfully implemented to drive student achievement under Dr. Woodrum’s direction.

Dr. Toriano Holloway

Assistant Superintendent for Federal Programs & Operations

Dr. Toriano Holloway is a veteran educator with 12 years of administrative experience, and he’s served as SOCSD’s assistant superintendent for federal programs and operations since 2012.

Prior to joining the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, Dr. Holloway was the principal of Harrison Central High School in the Harrison County School District.  He also served as principal and asst. principal at St. Martin High School and asst. principal at Gulfport High School.  Dr. Holloway began his educational career as a biology teacher at Gulfport High School in 1998.  He holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Holloway is a proven leader focused on optimizing learning and increasing academic achievement.  He’s also experienced in staff development, community engagement, and effective communication.

During Dr. Holloway’s tenure at St. Martin High School, the school was named one of America’s Best High School’s by U.S. News & World Report.  As principal at Harrison Central, Dr. Holloway has guided the school to a 30 point increase in its quality distribution index which is used to determine a school’s accreditation level in Mississippi.

Under Dr. Holloway’s direction, SOCSD has overhauled its transportation system to allow students to ride the bus with their peers and to reduce travel time on the bus.

David Baggett

Assistant Superintendent, Personnel & Secondary Curriculum

School Administrators

East Alternative School
Dr. Watress Harris, Principal

West Oktibbeha Elementary School Grades K-5
Dr. Andrea Temple, Principal

Sudduth Elementary School  Grades K-1
Elizabeth Mosley, Principal

Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School Grades 2-4
Diane Baker, Principal

Armstrong Middle School Grades 6-8
Tim Bourne, Principal

Starkville High School Grades 9-12
Sean McDonnall, Principal

Millsaps Career and Technical Center
Dr. Lenora Hogan, Director

Overstreet Elementary School Grade 5
Julie Kennedy, Principal

Emerson Family School
Joan Butler, Director

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