Staff


Dr. Darin Tubb


Principal

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.

Education

  • 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

Credentials

  • 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

Education

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

Credentials

  • 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.

Education

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

 

Credentials

  • 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. 

Education

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

 

Credentials

  • 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.

Education

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

 

Credentials

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

Holly Carney


After nursing for 15 years, 10 of those years spent teaching adults at Pearl River Community College Nursing Program, I never dreamed I would be teaching children. I fell into the world of science teacher due to a life’s motto of “Never present a problem unless you’re willing to be part of the solution, otherwise, you’re just complaining.” So, after mentioning I’d like my children to learn more about science and later being asked by Dr. Tubb to be the new science teacher, I said “Well, sure!”


Science has always been intriguing to me. Hanging up my stethoscope to present this fascinating world to children would be no hardship. I soon realized that there aren’t many jobs more fun than this. Who wouldn’t want to witness the faces of children as they observe microbes wiggle under the microscope for the first time, dissect a frog, or create a (small) chemical reaction with household chemicals?! Sounds like a blast to me! (Pun intended).


While this has been only one unexpected twist in my life’s path, I welcome it and I see it as one example of God using what we have to give in a way that is useful to His Kingdom. I’m thrilled to be a part of that action.

Education

  • BS, Nursing
    • University of Louisiana Monroe, LA

  • MS, Nursing
    • University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS
  • BS, Elementary Education
    • University Of Southern Mississippi

Credentials

  • MAIS Educator’s License (Class AA)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry

John Walters


I have always had a heart for teens and have always felt that I wanted to work with this age group to help them reach their fullest potential.  My work as a youth pastor, and later as a mental health case manager working with high school aged clients in crisis, was rewarding, but left me wanting more.  With this being said, the decision to leave my recent position as a Hospice Chaplain and become a teacher was easy.  I entered the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers in June of 2018, then began the pursuit of an Education Specialist Degree from Liberty University to be completed in Summer of 2019.

I am married to my best friend, and we have three wonderful children, one amazing granddaughter, and one spoiled Shi Tzu.  My wife Susan and I are both originally from Ellisville and now live in Petal.  She loves working with the elderly as Executive Director of Brookdale Senior Living in Hattiesburg, and we both enjoy traveling as much as possible.

I come to Woodlawn Prep armed with the knowledge that all children have the potential to learn and to grow into successful adults IF they have good teachers to help guide them, and with a strong desire to be that teacher.  To that end, I will continue to educate myself on better techniques and methods to use in the classroom, and to keep myself abreast of the information I am presenting to the students under my care.  I am glad to be a part of the Woodlawn family and look forward to a strong year.

Education

  • BS in Psychology
    • Liberty University
  • MA in Human Services Counseling
    • Liberty University

Credentials

  • MS Educator’s License (Class A)
    • Social Studies (7-12)