Board selects Hammett to serve as the new Interim Principal at West Elementary School

     West Elementary School officially has a new leader, with the recent announcement by the Natchez-Adams School District Board of Education that Dr. LaToya Hammett has been appointed to serve as principal for 2020-2021 school year.

     Hammett, whose appointment was confirmed during the board's regular meeting on Tuesday, June 16 is a career public school educator with 17 years of experience. She has served as Assistant Principal at Frazier Elementary, Assistant Principal at Robert Lewis Magnet School, and Assistant Principal at Morgantown for 3 years. She previously worked in Wilkinson County School District, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools and in higher education at Alcorn State University and Jackson State University. 

     A 1997 honor graduate from Cathedral, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Tougaloo College in 2001, Master of Science in Elementary Education concentration in Reading from Alcorn State University in 2002, Master of Arts in Teaching from Alcorn State University in 2003, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alcorn State University in 2015.

      “With the uncertainties of the future of the dynamics of the educational structure, I am looking forward to meeting each new and smiling face as they enter the campus of Susie B. West Elementary”, said Hammett. I am excited about getting readjusted to the “Elementary World." I am equally as excited to work with the faculty and staff at West.  I am welcoming this experience with open arms.”

"I want students and parents to know that I am a part of their community and a servant leader. I am ready to get into the trenches and roll my sleeves up to work with them. I have an open-door policy and I want everyone to feel comfortable coming to me if they have any concerns or suggestions. My educational philosophy comes from the old African proverb; It takes a village to raise a child. I believe in having a shared vision and mission for the school where everyone has input and is treated fairly and with respect regardless of their position." Hammett said.
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