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Mrs. Magee, Principal


Mrs. Bettye Magee, Principal

Bettye Magee received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University. Before becoming an administrator, Mrs. Magee taught 7th Grade History at Margaret Green Junior High School in Cleveland, MS, and then fifth grade Language Arts at Hayes Cooper Center in Merigold, MS, from 1997 to 2008. She then moved to DeSoto County and taught 5th and 6th grade Resource English classes at Overpark Elementary School.  Mrs. Magee was an Assistant Principal at Southaven Middle School for three years and the Principal of Hope Sullivan Elementary School for 5 years before becoming the Principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary. This is Mrs. Magee's third year as Principal of PHES.

Mrs. Magee lives in Southaven with her family, and they are members of the Olive Branch church of Christ.

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Mrs. Melissa Shaw, Assistant Principal

My name is Melissa Shaw.  I am very excited to be an assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary!  This will be my second year at PHES as an assistant principal.  Previously, I have been an assistant principal at DeSoto Central Primary, Hernando Elementary, and Southaven Intermediate School. I have a total of 9 years in DCS.  Before coming to PHES, I taught 1st grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.  I was also a SPED inclusion teacher and TST chair at the high school level.

My Master's degree is from The University of Mississippi, and my undergraduate degree is from Mississippi University for Women. 

My husband Gordon and I have been married for 18 years.  We have three children.  Our twin daughters, Janna and Julia, are 15 years old and in the 10th grade at Hernando High School.  We also have a son Trip, who is 9 years younger than his sisters and starting first grade at Hernando Elementary School.  

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you might have!  I'm looking forward to a great year at PHES!

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Mrs. Duett, Asst. Principal


Mrs. Alice Duett, Assistant Principal

My name is Alice Duett, and I am thrilled to be an assistant principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. I am coming from the Lake Cormorant Elementary School as assistant principal and the district office where I was an instructional/intervention coach. I worked with teachers and administrators all over the county helping them to use data to inform instruction and school decisions. Before that, I was a classroom teacher at Lake Cormorant Elementary where I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I am looking forward to being able to call Pleasant Hill Elementary my “home school.” Go Jaguars!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family: my husband, Jeff, daughter, Anna Claire, and dog, Lula. I also love to read and travel.

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