Administration Team
Mrs. Sara Jane Russell, Principal
Mrs. Sara Jane Russell, Principal

Mrs. Russell is beginning her first year as head principal with Southaven Intermediate School.  She began her educational career as a 5th grade teacher at Wayne Academy followed by ten years at DeSoto Central High School as a history teacher.  She has spent the last eight years as an assistant principal at Lake Cormorant High and Hernando Middle School.  Mrs. Russell has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.  She also completed her Master Teacher of Economics through the MS Economic Council and Millsaps College. 

Assistant Principals

Mrs. Loren Nelson,
Asst. Principal

Mrs. Loren Nelson, Asst. Principal

Loren Nelson is excited to be a member of the leadership team at Southaven Intermediate School.  She is beginning her 25th year in education and looks forward to working with your children on their educational journey.

In 1993, she graduated from Delta State University with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 2005, she became a National Board-Certified Teacher and later completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2016. Over the past 24 years, she has taught in Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Center Hill, Memphis, and Southaven.

Mrs. Nelson is married to Kirk Nelson, and they have three sons, Seth (27), Jake (23), and Taylor (20). Their sons and their daughter-in-law, Chelsea, all graduated from Center Hill High School.

Mr. Jonathan Newson, 
Assistant Principal

Mr. Newson, Asst. Principal

Jonathan Newson is a product of Greenville, MS.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in Biology. He later received his Master’s degree from University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction and his Specialist’s degree from Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. He has taught at Strayhorn Schools (3 years), Lake Cormorant Middle School (8 years) and Hernando Middle School (3 years). He also served as an assistant principal at Senatobia Middle School for 2 years.

Mr. Newson is married to Dr. Shereka Newson. They have two children, Jamil and Jamiya.

He is also a proud and faithful member of the Northwest Church of Christ located in Southaven, MS.


Mrs. April Rucker,
Assistant Principal

Mrs. April Rucker, Asst. Principal

Before becoming an Assistant Principal at Southaven Intermediate School, April Rucker received her Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Mississippi, and later, her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.  Mrs. Rucker began her career as a teacher at Southaven Middle School, and she worked as a teacher and basketball coach at DeSoto Central Middle School.  She is well-rounded in the field of education and desires to invoke true passion for teaching and learning.

Mrs. Rucker is married to Laveil Rucker, and they have three daughters, Tylah, India and Zion and three sons Kevin, Isaiah and Caleb.