Dr. Darin Tubb


I am thankful each day that I am the principal at Woodlawn Preparatory School. As a young adult in St. Louis, Missouri I knew that being an educator was the calling I wanted to pursue. I took on leadership roles in children’s and youth ministries at various churches in the area. With a desire to pursue graduate studies, begin a professional career in education, and be near family, my wife and I moved to Mississippi.

My teaching career in public education began in the Yazoo County School District as a first year teacher learning the ropes of classroom management and curriculum. After four successful years, I was lead to the Montessori Method of teaching. When the opportunity arose for me to be trained and hired as a Montessori teacher in the Jackson Public School District, I left the rural setting for an urban one and began my discovery of a more student-centered method for engaging children in learning. I taught for five more years as my role took on the characteristics of a teaching coach and mentor. In order to continue pursuing my goals as an educational leader, I operated in the position of building-level administrator for several years with an effort on expanding and improving the implementation of Montessori programs.

I was enthusiastic to hear of Woodlawn Church’s collaboration with the community in an effort to implement a Montessori school with a Christian worldview. After prayerful consideration, my wife, two boys, and I knew that a greater purpose could be served by moving to this area in order to bring a Montessori learning environment to Columbia, MS. I look forward to serving you and your children in a continuing partnership with this community.


  • EdD, Early Childhood Education
    • Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • MA, Elementary Education
    • Belhaven University, Jackson, MS
  • BA, Religion
    • Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO
  • BA, Theology
    • Urshan College, Hazelwood, MO


  • MS Administrators License
  • MS Educator’s License (Class AAAA)
      Elementary Education (4-8)
  • American Montessori Society, Elementary II Credential

Janell Posey

Montessori 3-6 Teacher

Being the only child, lead to my great love for people. It was in my childhood that I knew I wanted to inspire others for the rest of my life. As I grew older, I was certain of the call that God placed upon my life to be an inspiration to children. In college, I majored in Elementary Education.  As I eagerly graduated from William Carey University, I was uncertain of where God would place me to begin my career.

For six years foundational years of my teaching career, I had the privilege of playing an intricate role as a First Grade teacher at G.W. Carver Elementary School to shape the lives and minds of children within the Bassfield community where I grew up. Although my experience there will always be valued, after prayer and consideration, I felt in my spirit to join the Woodlawn Preparatory School family. I am thoroughly intrigued with the Montessori Method of teaching and working in a holistically Christian atmosphere.

As an educator, I have received several accolades. However, I understand the importance of being a life-long learner and extending my knowledge of education. I continue to learn and grow professionally through collaboration with my colleagues and broaden my insight into learning as I reach completion of my Master’s degree in Education.

I am extremely excited about what God has in store for Woodlawn Preparatory School, and I look forward to working with students, parents, my principal, Pastor, and other staff to help each school year be a success


  • BS, Elementary Education
    • William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS


  • MS Educator’s License (Class A)
    • English (7-12), Elementary Education (K-6), Reading (K-12)

Emily Hamilton

Montessori 6-9 Teacher

I was born and raised in Minnesota, and I am the second of four children.  Growing up I loved to play school, and be in charge, however; I did not want to be a teacher. I wanted to be a radio DJ!  But that was not to be, and as life is prone to do, it led me down a different path than I had planned.  I ended up meeting and marrying my husband, and moving to Louisiana.  During the first year of our marriage, I decided that I would pursue teaching with an emphasis in early childhood education.  I attended Southern Arkansas University and upon graduating took a position teaching Kindergarten for the second semester of that school term.  As the school year ended, my husband and I moved back to his childhood home in Hattiesburg, MS. We have lived in the Hub City for nine years. During that time, I taught Kindergarten for two years, and Pre-Kindergarten for the past seven years. I went on to further my teaching degree and received a Master’s in Elementary Education from William Carey University.  

When I was asked to consider working at Woodlawn Preparatory School, I had already been praying and seeking the Lord for a job change so was thrilled to be considered.  I had briefly studied the methods and philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori while in college and had always wanted to work in that type of learning environment.  I am happy to say that “all things worked together for [my] good,” and I am excited to be a part of the WPS staff.  I love to teach and work with WPS students as their guide to greater learning.


  • BS, Early Childhood Education
    • Southern Arkansas University
  • MA, Elementary Education
    • William Carey University



  • MS Educator’s License (Class AA)
    • Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten-4, & Elementary Education K-8

Danette Sinclair

Montessori 9-12 Teacher

My decision to become a teacher came from my love for children and the opportunity to instill in them a thirst for knowledge and a love for learning. I attended Southeastern Louisiana University and obtained a degree in elementary education. 

My first teaching position was in the Washington Parish School System, teaching third and fourth grades for six years. After moving to Columbia, I taught first grade for four years in the Marion County School District. I have been blessed to be at home with my children for the past 14 years while teaching them and other students in a homeschool group for the past six years. 

With prayerful consideration, I have decided to continue my teaching career at Woodlawn Preparatory School in the Montessori 9-12 year old class. I am grateful for the opportunity to help students reach their individual potential while inspiring them to believe they can accomplish any dream with the help of God and a good education. 


  • BS, Elementary Education
    • Southerneastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA



  • LA Teaching Certificate
    • Elementary Grades 1-8
  • MS Educator License (Class A)
    • Elementary Education

Nelda Hudson

Montessori Middle School Teacher

What a blessing it is to be a teacher!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with the middle school level here at Woodlawn Preparatory School.

Growing up here in Columbia, MS, I always knew I’d work with children. As the oldest with six younger siblings, I had plenty of practice.  As a child, I absolutely loved school. (Still do!)  I feel truly blessed and honored that God opened the doors for me to become a teacher. 

I began my educational career as a kindergarten assistant. This was very rewarding, so I was happy to return to USM to earn my BS in Elementary Education. I first taught fourth grade at Wesley Ray Elementary in Angie, LA.  Then I returned to Mississippi, where over the next several years, I taught fourth and fifth grades at Columbia Elementary as well as the third grade at West Marion Primary. During these busy years, I earned my MA- Elementary Education. I also attained a science endorsement for my coursework through MS State.  For three years, I taught in a home-school setting to first through eighth grades. 

My husband, Charles, and I have two amazing adult children and six beautiful grandchildren. Our family is as excited as I am that I’m teaching the seventh and eighth grade at Woodlawn Prep’s Montessori School.  I look forward to continuing my work with the leadership and staff of WPS along with parents to guide middle school students on their educational journey.


  • ATOMS, Physical Science
    • MSU
  • MA, Elementary Education
    • William Carey University
  • BS, Elementary Education
    • University Of Southern Mississippi



  • MS Educator’s License (AA)
    • Elementary Education K-8, Reading K-12,
      Science 4-8