Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Rhett Ladner, Principal
Earned my Master's degree in Education and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993, Associate's degree from Pearl River Community College in 1991, and graduated from Hancock High School in 1988.
Served as principal of the World Famous Vancleave Middle School for the past three years. This is my 18th year as an administrator. I have served as Assistant Superintendent in Perry County, Principal Beaumont Elem (K-8), Principal Perry Central High School, Principal Hancock High School, and Principal Lumberton Elementary. I have been entrenched and captivated by the Jostens Renaissance movement for 11 years and have seen it change thousands of students and Staffulty's lives for the better. My purpose now is to spread the flames of Renaissance to illuminate our world and change it for the better one child at a time.
- 2017 Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame
- 2017 Jackson County Administrator of the Year
- 2013 Jostens Renaissance National Educator of the Year
- 2012 Mississippi 4th Congressional District Administrator of the Year
- 2012 Hancock County Administrator of the Year
- 2007 & 2006 Perry County Administrator of the Year
- 1997 Perry Central Teacher of the Year
- 1997 Georgia Pacific Teacher of the Year
My Educational Philosophy
I believe we as educators have been called to change the world for the better through our work every day by building positive relationships with the children in our schools. If we treat them as unique flowers and nourish their individual needs they will blossom and achieve all their dreams. Our schools and classrooms are gardens growing the future of our world and the future depends on us.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Raina Holmes, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Raina Holmes is beginning her second year as the Assistant Principal at Vancleave High School. Mrs. Holmes is a graduate of Vancleave High School and a lifelong resident of Vancleave. She is married to Roman Holmes and they have two daughters, Mary Claire and Lily, who currently attend Vancleave schools. She is thrilled to serve as a leader in the school and community in which she was born and raised.
Mrs. Holmes previously served as the Lead Assistant Principal at Pascagoula High School for four years. Prior to her time in Pascagoula, Mrs. Holmes was a teacher and coach at Vancleave High School for nine years. She served as a special education teacher, history teacher, cheerleading sponsor and Head Girls Basketball Coach. She took her basketball teams to the state playoffs all but one of nine years, winning back to back district championships in 2010 and 2011. She was named the Division 7-5A Coach of the Year in 2010.
Mrs. Holmes received her associate's degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and was a member of the 1999-2000 MGCCC Women's South State and State Championship Basketball team. She received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and obtained her masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. The 2017-2018 school year will mark her 15th year in education.