Principal Kelleigh Reynolds
It is with great pleasure that I continue my service to the Biloxi Public School District as Principal of Biloxi Upper Elementary School! Seventeen years ago, I began my career teaching 7th grade English at Michel where I served as a department chair and district-appointed mentor for new teachers. During this time, I earned National Board Certification in English Language Arts and served as our school's cheerleading coach for 5 years before moving on to the campuses of BJHS and BHS teaching French and ESL.
Named State Teacher of the Year in 2009, I next served our community in the capacity of Biloxi Public School District's Secondary Language Arts Instructional Coach. Over the course of these years, I played an integral role developing curriculum and assessment banks for the district, providing in-house professional development for teachers, and serving as an invited participant on MDE panels for the state's transition into CCRS.
Following this, I moved into administration having now served as Assistant Principal at Popp's Ferry Elementary School for one year and Assistant Principal at Biloxi Junior High School for three years. In 2014, I was named Administrator of the Year by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, and in 2018-2019, I received the honor of being named the Biloxi Public School District Administrator of the Year.
Beginning year three as principal of Biloxi Upper, I cannot think of a greater honor than serving the children of Biloxi in this role, and I look forward to making 2019-2020 the best school year ever!
Assistant Principal Dr. Katrina Dwyer
5th and 6th Grade
I am excited to serve as Assistant Principal at BUE this year. This will be my seventeenth year in education. I taught for two years in Forrest County and returned home to Biloxi in 2005. Since then, I have taught at North Bay Elementary, BJHS, and BUE. Last year, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as BUE's lead teacher.
I attended and graduated from Biloxi Public School District, so it is such an honor to work within the district that motivated me to become an educator!
I received my Bachelor's of Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003, my Master's of Elementary Education from William Carey University in 2008, and my Doctorate (PhD) in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013. I am looking forward to working with administration, teachers, parents, staff, and students to ensure we have yet another successful year at BUE!
Assistant Principal Lucas Schmermund
My name is Lucas Schmermund. I am excited and looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year at Biloxi Upper Elementary. This begins my 13th year in education, all of which have been as a member of the INDIAN NATION! I earned my bachelor of arts from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006 and, in 2010, earned my master’s degree in administration.
I began teaching in 2007 as the Social Studies teacher at the Center for New Opportunities. I stayed in the position for four years and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and patience. In 2011, I became the In School Suspension Director for the district. I remained in that position for two years before becoming the Assistant Principal at Gorenflo Elementary. This past year I was named administrator of the year by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce.
I look forward to working with students, parents and staff at Biloxi Upper Elementary and the Center for New Opportunities.