The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board has named Jorine Neal principal of Partnership Middle School for the 2021-22 school year.
Her hiring was approved by the Board of Trustees during their regular monthly meeting.
Neal is currently principal of the Health and Human Service Academic House at Starkville High School. In her current position, Neal leads students and teachers to create meaningful learning experiences that engage students through communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
Neal began her career in education as a classroom teacher in Miami, Florida. She joined the Starkville Oktibbeha School District in 2009 as a lead and mentor teacher for special education. She was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2011 at SHS.
“Mrs. Neal is a passionate, instructional leader with 20 years of experience in education,” said SOCSD Supt. Eddie Peasant. “Her experiences as an elementary and secondary educator uniquely prepare her as principal of Partnership Middle School."
Neal holds a Specialist of Education from Arkansas State University and a Master of Education from Florida International University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in special education and early childhood education from the University of Florida.
“Starkville is my home, and I am thrilled for a new opportunity to lead in the Jacket Nation," said Neal. "As a partner with Mississippi State University, we can provide an environment, where all students, Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs, can learn from one another. I look forward to collaborating with teachers, students, parents and partners as we pursue excellence together at Partnership Middle School."
Neal officially assumes her new position July 1.
Mrs. Neal pictured with her family