Staff


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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
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Janell Posey


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)
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Candace Pitts


Teacher

I am very excited to be a part of Woodlawn Preparatory School. My passion is teaching, inspiring, and challenging children to love learning. I enjoy being in the classroom and watching my students become independent learners and educational explorers.

After earning by Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from William Carey University, I began my teaching career at Otken Elementary School in McComb, MS where I taught first and second grades. I then married my wonderful husband, left my hometown of Jayess, MS, and moved to Hattiesburg to begin teaching at Thames Elementary School. While there, I taught first grade for a year and five years of second grade. I look forward to building strong, lasting relationships with the parents and students of Woodlawn Preparatory School as I have done each year of my career.

Education

  • BS, Elementary Education, English and Reading concentration
    • William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS
  • University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Associate of Arts, High Honors
    • Copiah Lincoln Community College

Credentials and Memberships

  • Mississippi Educator’s License (Class A)
    • Elementary Education (K-6), Remedial Reading (K-12), English (7-12)
  • Member of Phi Delta Kappa
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa