Secondary Faculty

Mrs. Carrie Chaney, English

Mrs. Chaney currently serves as an English and literature teacher at Manchester. She is an alumna of Manchester Academy. She attended college at Mississippi State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She then furthered her education at Mississippi College where she graduated with her Master of Arts in English. She is married to Brent Chaney, and they have two children. Her daughter, Sherrill Ann, is a third grader at Manchester Academy, and her son, Ben, is 3 years old.


Mrs. Lea Choate, School Counselor/English

Mrs.Lea Choate serves as the eighth grade English teacher and the creative writing teacher.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miss. and her master’s in English and Guidance Counseling from Delta State.  Her late husband was Kim Rodney Choate, Sr.  She has three children: Kim Rodney Choate, Jr., Kathleen Elizabeth Windham, and William Robert Choate.  She has 6 grandchildren.  She has taught at MA for 5 years.  She previously taught at Leland, Shaw, Sharkey-Issaquena Academy, Lee Academy, Northside, and Miss. Delta Community College.  She enjoys traveling with friends, being with her children and grandchildren, playing bridge, and reading.  



Mrs. Debbie Crisler, Math

Mrs.Debbie Crisler currently teaches Honors Algebra II, Honors Geometry, Advanced Math, and Calculus to grades 9-12.  Mrs.Crisler has taught at MA for 35 years.  Before she taught at MA, she taught one year in Regus, AR and three years at Yazoo City High School.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Math from the University of Arkansas.  She is married to Bebe Crisler and has three children:Brenner, John, and Blanton.  She has one precious granddaughter named Lola.  Mrs.Crisler enjoys tennis, reading, watching sports, and spoiling Lola.  


Mr. David Dew, History

Coach Dew currently teaches 8th and 11th grade American history as well as 12th grade government. He is a 2006 alumnus of Manchester Academy. Coach Dew has his BA in History from Delta State University (Go Okra!). Coach Dew is an assistant football coach and serves as the secondary boys track and field coach. 


Ms. Missie George, Math

Ms. George is currently the Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra I and Honors Algebra I at Manchester Academy. She is a 1982 alumni of Manchester Academy. She is starting her 30th year of teaching!!! The first 28 years she worked in the public school system. Last year and this year she has had the pleasure of teaching at Manchester Academy, and she looks forward to many more! She received a Bachelor's degree in Education from Ole Miss, a Master's degree in Education from MS College, as well as an endorsement in Math from Holmes Community College.



Mr. Chad Graeber, English

Mr. Graeber currently serves as the Secondary Principal as well as the English I and Humanities teacher. He graduated from Manchester Academy before receiving his Bachelor's of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology from Belhaven University. He also completed his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has done extensive graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy from RTS as well as in operatic vocal performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, and from New York University in Manhattan. Mr. Graeber has taught English, French, Creative Writing, Speech, Music Appreciation, and Journalism at Manchester for eleven out of the last sixteen years. He has also directed seven musicals along with the MA Drama Department, including Lil’ Abner, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, and Carousel. He was the WLBT-Channel 3 Sunshine Teacher of the Week (2007-2008), was nominated for Secondary Teacher of the Year in the MAIS (2011-2012), and was named MA’s Secondary Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 year. Mr. Graeber has performed professionally several times with the Mississippi Opera and released a solo album of sacred songs, hymns, and spirituals (But This I Know) in 2008. In his spare time he enjoys weightlifting and fitness training, being an amateur movie critic, and showing Mr. Dendy how to dress properly. He is a proud uncle of five nephews and nieces.


Mr. Wayman Grantham, History

Coach Grantham currently serves as a history teacher as well as a coach for the Manchester football team. He graduated from Canton Academy in 1988. He attended Mississippi College and graduated in 1992. He is married and has 2 sons, Hunter and Landon Grantham, and 1 step-son, Logan Moore. This is Coach Grantham’s first year of teaching for Manchester Academy. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing golf. 


Mr. John Harris, History

Coach Harris currently serves as the History and Economics teacher as well as the Manchester boys basketball coach. He graduated high school from Indianola Academy. He attended the Mississippi State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He has acquired his Master’s degree in sports Management from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015. Before joining us here at Manchester Academy he spent one year as an assistant basketball coach and teacher at Hillcrest Christian School. John was raised in Inverness, Mississippi. In his free time. he enjoys lifting weights and following Mississippi State athletics.

 Mrs. Buffie Merritt, Art/Bible

Mrs. Buffie Merritt currently teaches Art I, Art II, Art Appreciation, and Bible at Manchester Academy. Mrs. Merritt began her teaching career teaching the four year old kindergarten at Manchester, before becoming the secondary art teacher. She has been teaching art for four years at Manchester. Mrs. Buffie Merritt is married to Michael Merritt, and they have have three children together: Macie, Davis, and Hayden. She also has a granddaughter named Anna Merritt Daniels. Some of her interests include working in the yard and spending time with her family.



Mrs. Cindy Middleton, Science

Cindy Middleton currently teaches Biology II, Human A&P, and Physical Science at Manchester. Cindy graduated from Central Holmes Academy in 1980. She went on to Holmes Junior College, and graduated in 1982 with an Associate of Arts degree. Cindy continued her education and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education degree at Mississippi State University in 1984. She also is a 1992 graduate of Mississippi College with a Masters of Combined Sciences. She retired from teaching in the Yazoo County School District after twenty-eight years, and has been teaching at Manchester for the past three years.  Cindy is married to Hal Middleton, and they have 3 children: Curt Middleton, Will Middleton, and Katherine Middleton. She also has a granddaughter. Some of her interests include reading, gardening, and being with her family. 


Mrs. Julie Paul, Spanish/History/Public Speaking

Mrs. Julie Paul currently teaches Spanish I and II, Mississippi History, and Public Speaking at Manchester Academy. She graduated high school from DeSoto School in West Helena, Arkansas. She then went on to Mississippi State where she received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing with a emphasis in Spanish. She is married to De Paul and they have 4 boys. Tres, an eighth grader, Mills, a sixth grader, Craig and Jake Louis, who are second graders this year.



Mrs. Wendy Perry, Chemistry/Computer Progr./Physics

Mrs. Perry currently serves as the Chemistry, Computer Programming, and Physics Teacher at MA.  She graduated Millsaps with a Bachelor in Science in Chemistry.  Mrs. Perry worked at Mississippi Chemical before working at MA.  Mrs. Perry has worked at MA for 29 years.  She is married to Mr. Rusty Perry and has two children, Mary Russell and Seward.  Mary Russell is 16 and a junior at Manchester.  Seward is 20 and a sophomore at Ole Miss.  She has a dog, Scruffy, and cat, Lucy.  Her hobbies include watching and following Ole Miss sports, shopping, and reading.


Mrs. Sandy Ragland, Math

Sandy Ragland currently teaches Accounting, Business Math, Honors Algebra I, and Senior Math. She has taught at Manchester for 6 years. Sandy graduated from Mississippi College in 1991, where she earned her BSBA with a major in Accounting. She is married to Bob Ragland, and they have 4 children together. One of her favorite things to do around the winter time is deer hunting.



Mrs. Madison Simpson, Assistant Counselor/Psychology

Mrs. Simpson serves as the Assistant Counselor and Psychology teacher at Manchester Academy. She is a 2007 graduate of Manchester Academy. In 2012, she received her bachelor's degree from Delta State University in Psychology. She then continued graduate work at Delta State where she earned her Master's Degree of Education in Counseling.  She is currently a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She is married to Anthony Simpson from Greenville, MS and has one daughter named Charlotte Kate Simpson who attends 2K at Manchester.



Mr. Kyle Wever,  Keyboarding/Computer App 

Coach Wever currently serves as the Computer App and 7th grade keyboarding teacher. He also serves as the Assistant Football and Head Baseball Coach. When he isn't teaching, Coach Wever assists in the Tech Department as an IT Technician. He is a 2007 graduate of Manchester Academy. He attended the University of Arkansas Monticello where he received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems. He has experience working in the technology department at the Monticello Public School District. He is the proud uncle of 3 nephews and 2 nieces. He is engaged to his fiancee, Ms. Jessica Noble.


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