Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Raina Holmes, Principal
Mrs. Raina Holmes is in her fifth year as an administrator at Vancleave High School. The 2021-2022 school year marks her third year as the Principal at Vancleave High School, after serving two years as assistant principal. Mrs. Holmes is a graduate of Vancleave High School and a lifelong resident of Vancleave. She is married to Roman Holmes, who is also a career educator. They have two daughters, Mary Claire and Lily, who currently attend Vancleave Schools. She is honored to serve as a leader in the school and community in which she was born and raised.
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 master's in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. In 2021, Mrs. Holmes was named Jackson County School District Administrator of the Year for Vancleave Attendance Center. Mrs. Holmes is also a member of the Vancleave Kiwanis, where she currently holds the position of President-Elect, and in 2021 was awarded Kiwanis Rookie of the Year.
Mrs. Holmes previously served four years as the Lead Assistant Principal at Pascagoula High School. Prior to her time in Pascagoula, Mrs. Holmes was a teacher and coach at Vancleave High School for nine years. She served as an attendance administrator, special education teacher, history teacher, cheerleading sponsor and Head Girls Basketball Coach. She led her basketball teams to the state playoffs all but one of nine years, winning back-to-back district championships in 2010 and 2011. Mrs. Holmes was named the Division 7-5A Coach of the Year in 2010.
The 2021-2022 school year will mark her 19th year in education, and her 9th year in administration. Mrs. Holmes feels it is an honor to serve as the principal of Vancleave High School, as being an educator is her life long passion.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Dean Lepoma, Assistant Principal
Mr. Dean Lepoma is beginning his second year at Vancleave High School as Assistant Principal. Mr. Lepoma is a graduate of St. Martin High School and has lived in the Ocean Springs/Biloxi area his whole life. He has been married to his wife Connie Lepoma for 33 years. Mr. Lepoma previously served as Assistant Principal at St. Martin Middle School for seven years. Prior to that time, he was a history and physical education teacher at St. Martin Middle School and coached football, soccer, and softball in his 15 years there. He is very excited and proud to be part of Vancleave schools.
Mr. Lepoma received his associate degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also received the Distinguished Undergraduate Leadership Award in sports coaching education. Mr. Lepoma received his master's of education from William Carey University. The 2019-20 school year will be his 15th year in education and working for the Jackson County School District.