McBrayer transitions from counselor to principal

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McBrayer transitions from counselor to principal

Mrs. Holli McBrayer has worn all kinds of hats at New Hope, her alma mater.

Mrs. Holli McBrayer has worn all kinds of hats at New Hope, her alma mater.

Photo by Allie Russell

Mrs. Holli McBrayer has worn all kinds of hats at New Hope, her alma mater.

Photo by Allie Russell

Photo by Allie Russell

Mrs. Holli McBrayer has worn all kinds of hats at New Hope, her alma mater.

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Holli McBrayer, one of the two current assistant principals, has become one of the most widely known staff members of New Hope High School. Whether monitoring tests, or observing classrooms, McBrayer is always on her feet doing something, and can be seen all over the building throughout the day.

The assistant principal position requires  a combination of responsibilities. “I’ve not completely broken away from counseling, so I still assist there. I am also wrapped in testing. I’m heavily involved in scheduling, and responsible for administering discipline to 10th and 11th graders. I also do teacher’s observations.” Next year, she hopes to relinquish the title of School Test Coordinator to Mrs. Ruffin, and just assist with testing.

A New Hope graduate, McBrayer hasn’t always been the assistant principal for New Hope High. Before coming to NHHS, she worked as a counselor at St. Aloysious in Vicksburg for two years, as well as coaching the girls’ basketball team.

Blessed to have the opportunity to come back home, McBrayer first became the counselor for the high school. When the previous assistant principal retired, McBrayer applied for the job. She was hired over the summer, and began preparing for the job change for the upcoming school year. Aside from the obvious pay increase, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel in hopes to receive a position of a higher level. “It’s a step in the direction towards possibly being at the central office level one day,” McBrayer stated.

After graduating New Hope High, McBrayer attended EMCC, where she earned an associate degree in physical education. Then, she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Delta State University. She also has her master’s degree in school counseling from Mississippi State University, and specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University.

For the future, McBrayer has several goals she would like to achieve while working as the assistant principal. “I would like to be more visible and available for both teachers and students,” she states. She also expresses that she would like to be in the halls and classrooms more. She would like to know what is going on in the classrooms, including how the students are being taught, what they are learning, and what resources the teachers are using while teaching.

Although the journey wasn’t easy, McBrayer relied on her education and work ethic to get her the job at New Hope, where she thrived in her position and became a helpful resource not only to teachers, but to the students as well. Aside from the educational job, she also helps with the pep rallies, and attends sporting events, such as the football games.

McBrayer now resides in New Hope with her husband, Drew, and her two kids, Madison and Lexi.

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