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Elementary Faculty

Mrs. Rhonda Ashley, 2K

Mrs. Ashley currently serves as our 2-year-old Kindergarten teacher.                                      


Mrs. Tonya Cresswell, 3K

Mrs. Cresswell currently serves as the 3-year-old Kindergarten teacher at Manchester Academy. She is married to J. D. Cresswell.


Mrs. Frances Pettigrew, 4K

Mrs. Pettigrew currently serves as one of the 4-year-old Kindergarten teachers.


Mrs. Dawn Warren, 4K

Mrs. Dawn currently serves as one of the 4-year-old Kindergarten teachers.


Mrs. Douglas Williams, 5K

Mrs. Douglas Williams currently serves as Manchester’s 5K teacher.  She and her husband, Mark Williams, have one daughter, Lauren Michelle Williams, who graduated from MA and attends Ole Miss.  Mrs. Williams taught in the Yazoo Public School System for 15 years and is currently teaching her 19th year at MA.  She enjoys riding horses and all outdoor activities except hunting.


Mrs. Brenda Carson, 1st Grade

Mrs. Carson currently serves as the first grade teacher. 





Mrs. Mary Jo Vandevender, 2nd Grade 

Mrs. Vandevender currently serves as one of the second grade teachers at Manchester Academy.  She is also an alum of Manchester Academy. Mrs. Van graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Education. She taught in the public school system for 11 years. However, this will be her 21st year to teach 2nd grade at Manchester Academy. She is married to Lance VanDevender. They have one daughter, Emily V. Brooks who was also an alum of Manchester. She has 3 grandchildren Mary Ella, Bryce, and Lily Brooks.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, fishing, hunting and watching MSU football.



Mrs. Melissa Gooch, 3rd Grade

Ms. Gooch currently serves as the 3rd grade teacher at Manchester. She is a 1995 graduate of Delta State University, where she received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. She has three sons, Bryson, 19, Baker, 15, and Reeves, 8. Originally from Jackson, MS, she has been a resident of Yazoo City for 15 years.  She graduated high school from Northwest Rankin.  Ms. Gooch is a member of the First Methodist Church.


Mrs. Chris Oliver, 3rd Grade

Mrs. Oliver currently serves as the 3rd grade teacher at Manchester Academy. She is a graduate of Delta State University. She has taught grades 1-6 throughout her career which has totaled to 27 years. She has also taught in Ocean Springs, MS; Memphis, TN; Walls, MS; and Grand Prairie, TX. She is married to her husband, Robert, and they have 2 children and 7 grandchildren. In her pastime, she enjoys reading and crocheting.


Mrs. Ashley Cerda, 4th Grade

Mrs. Cerda is the 4th grade teacher at Manchester Academy. This is her 6th year to teach here. Mrs. Cerda is married to Brett and they have two children, Jaden (7) and Millie (5). She is a graduate of Mississippi College. In her time away from school, she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her yard, running, and watching Mississippi State football.

Mrs. Olivia Athey, 5th/6th Grade

Mrs. Athey currently teaches 5th and 6th grade English, Science, and History at Manchester Academy. She graduated from MA in 2008 and received her bachelor’s degree at Delta State University in 2013. She is married to Kyle Athey and they have three amazing children: Alli (7), Brooks (4), and Libby Kyle (2). She enjoys spending time with her family. “I love our school and I love getting the opportunity to get to know your children.”

Mrs. Lindy Mosley, 5th/6th Grade

Lindy Mosley currently teaches 5th and 6th grade reading and math.  She graduated high school from Manchester Academy before receiving her Masters of Education from Mississippi College.  She has been teaching for 29 years. She is married to Michael Mosley and has two daughters: Chasidy Coleman and Anna Panter who also graduated from Manchester. Her grandson, Tyler, is a 9th grader at Manchester, and her granddaughter, Tinsley, is 4 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets and watching Mississippi State football!


Mrs. Melissa Bradshaw, ELS

Melissa Bradshaw is currently the ELS Facilitator.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is married to Dan Bradshaw and has 3 children: Shelby (Graduate of MA), Peyton (Graduate of MA), and Simmons (6th grade).  Her hobbies are visiting sporting events, shopping, and gardening.  She has been at Manchester for 7 years.



Mrs. Dara Jones, Dyslexia Specialist


Dara Jones is a graduate of Mississippi College. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting and a Master's degree in education with a major in dyslexia therapy. Dara has worked in the public school district for 4 years and has provided dyslexia therapy at the Mississippi College Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center. She is married and has 2 children. Her daughter is a freshman in college, and her son is in 7th grade at Pisgah High School.


Mrs. Tracy Hitt, Library

Tracy Hitt currently serves as the Library Media Specialist. She is a 1986 graduate of Manchester Academy. She attended Delta State University for her BBA and MBA. She is married to Eddie Hitt. They have 3 children: Mary Moses Hitt (M-3 UMMC School of Medicine), Wister Hitt (senior at the University of Mississippi), and Upton (junior at Manchester).  She has been at Manchester for 21 years.



Mrs. Judy Morrissey, Elementary Art

Judy Morrissey currently serves as the elementary(2K-6th) art teacher at Manchester.  She has an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences and an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting.  She is married to Bo Morrissey and has 2 daughters: Lauren (MA graduate) and Sara (MA graduate).  Her hobbies include art, photography, and watching Manchester sports.  She has been teaching at Manchester for 13 years.


Mrs. Liz Langley, Elementary Music

Liz Langley is a graduate of Holmes Community College and Mississippi State University.  She has been teaching at Manchester since 1988.  This year she is semi-retired and enjoys teaching Elementary Music part-time.  She and her husband, Brent, have 2 daughters, Melissa and Rachel (both MA graduates) and 5 granddaughters: Hannah, Ava, Sarah Beth, Mary, and Emma.   She enjoys playing with her grandchildren, cooking, and working in her yard.  She is an active member of Holly Bluff Baptist Church.




 Elementary Assistants:

Tara Burrell-2K Jennifer Counts-3K/4K Barbara Parks-5K    




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