Thursday, April 13, 2006
Hubbard named Marshall headmaster
By BARRY BURLESON
Jane Hubbard believes her strengths as a headmaster and Marshall Academy’s needs add up to a great fit.
Hubbard, headmaster at Simpson Academy in Mendenhall since 1998, has been hired for the same job at MA. She will replace Tommy Gunn, who is leaving for Heritage Academy in Columbus at the end of the school year.
“I love the challenge of building an academic program, and that’s one reason I’m coming,” she said. “We’ve worked hard here on improving ACT scores and academics as a whole.
“That’s the same formula I will bring to Marshall Academy. From everything I know and understand about Marshall, it will be a great fit.”
Extracurricular activities are also a vital part of Hubbard’s recipe to a successful school. Her father was a coach.
“Athletics are always important,” she said. “I believe in balance between the two. That’s when you really have a high-achieving school.”
The interview committee, made up of seven board members and one at-large member, received about 15 resumes for the vacancy. Six candidates were interviewed, and two were called for a second interview. On the committee were Bill Schneller, Alice Ray, Jane Autry, Susan Bonds, Bob Farley, Harold Murphy, Steve Gresham and Fred Carlisle.
“We were fortunate to be able to pick from some outstanding candidates,” said Schneller, chairman of the MA board of directors. “We had over 40 hours of interviews, plus the two final interviews were about three hours each.”
He said Hubbard’s knowledge of curriculum, involvement in the Mississippi Private School Association, dynamic personality and good ideals stood out.
“She has implemented several academic programs there (at Simpson) that we thought were very good,” Schneller said.
Hubbard has 24 years’ teaching experience, 10 of those coming in the Aberdeen Public Schools from 1981-91. She was also an assistant principal at Aberdeen Elementary from 1987-91. She was a third grade teacher in the Pearl Public Schools from 1991-95. She has also taught reading at Hinds Community College and Mississippi College. She was youth and activities director at the First United Methodist Church in Brandon from 1995-98.
A graduate of Jackson Prepatory School, Hubbard has a B.A.E. degree in elementary education from the University of Mississippi, a M.Ed. in elementary education from Mississippi University for Women and an Educational Specialist Degree in school administration from Mississippi State University.
“I’m a big Ole Miss fan, and we go to Oxford a lot,” Hubbard said. “I’ve always dreamed of moving closer.
“Tommy (Gunn) and I are friends. I knew he was planning to leave, and a friend called and asked me to send a resume.”
She then came to Holly Springs for the two interviews, and “the people there have been so friendly,” she said.
“I was so impressed with the school and the board members,” Hubbard said. “I got to thinking; hey, I might just want to make a move.”
She and her husband Bubba have three children – a son who is a senior at Ole Miss, a daughter who is a junior at Southern Miss and a daughter who will graduate from Simpson Academy this year and attend Jones Junior College on a basketball scholarship. Bubba Hubbard works for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
“Our youngest child is graduating,” Hubbard said. “It’s a good time to make a move.”
Plus, her best friend lives in Oxford.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Marshall Academy and getting involved in the community,” she said.
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