Founding Instructional Team


Physical Education Teacher

Laderius Hooker is a native of Belzoni, MS, a former college football player, and a member of Omega Psi Phi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and a Master of Arts in Teaching. He has taught PE for four years. He enjoys playing sports, spending time with love ones, and serving others. Mr. Hooker believes, “We should be lifting as we climb because no one deserves to be left behind.”


English Teacher

Mikwaevonn J. Mills is a Brooklyn, NYC native who has worked in Greenwood for four years as an ELA teacher. She holds a Master of Social Work and a B.A. in English. Ms. Mills is committed to student success in the classroom and in life, and credits her upbringing for her passion to give back to her community. Her​ motto comes from Eartha Kitt: “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”


Social Studies Teacher

Whitney Christenson is from Dayton, Oregon, and has lived in Mississippi for 5 years. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education as a first-generation college student, then a M.Ed. in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education and an Ed.S. in Elementary Educational Leadership. She’s pursuing an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. One of her passions is family investment in the classroom and its positive impact on student success.


Math Teacher

Kasey Darrell Holman is from North Carrollton, MS where he graduated valedictorian of his class at J.Z. George High School. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics, and has taught math for the past 4 years. Mr. Holman, a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, enjoys exercising, reading, and playing with numbers during his free time. His motto is a quote by Margaret Shepard: “Sometimes our only mode of transportation is a leap of faith.”


Special Education Teacher

Charlotte Arrowsmith was born in Manchester, England. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 and has recently become a U.S. citizen. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and is working on a Master’s in Counseling. Teach for America brought her to Greenwood, which she now calls home. Her teaching motto: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Fun Facts: In college, Ms. Arrowsmith was president of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and 2013 Homecoming Queen.


Project Lead the Way Teacher

Gail Rayford-Ambeau was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Ambeau is a mother, educator, business owner and visual artist who holds a B.M. in Music Education and an MFA in Design. She uses her talents, creativity and skills to inspire people everywhere, including as an instructor at Alcorn State University, as a fashion designer, as a radio host, and as the columnist behind “Fashion Forward with Gail Ambeau.” She is also the author of “Plugging into Humanities,” published in 2018.

Haley Scott

Gifted & ACT Prep Instructor

Ms. Scott is a native of Swiftown, MS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Arts in Convergent Media, and she is pursuing a Master’s in Education from Belhaven University. She has held the title of English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher for the past two years. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and writing children’s books.