Jaguar Administrative Team


Mr. Bryon Williams, Head Principal

Bryon Williams has been in the education field for twenty years. He is a graduate of South Panola High School in Batesville, MS.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Mississippi, his Master's degree in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi, and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Arkansas State.  Mr. Williams began his career as a teacher in the South Panola School District, and he also served as a teacher and administrator in Tennessee. He has worked in DeSoto County Schools for 10 years at DeSoto Central Middle School, DeSoto Central High School, and Southaven Intermediate School. 

Mr. Williams has been married to Carrie Williams for 19 years, and they have two daughters, Morgyn and Summer.

Assistant Principals


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Kim Bey, Assistant Principal

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, I am a proud product of Mississippi Public Schools.  After graduating from Greenwood High School in 1990, I attended and graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR.  My teaching career began at Washington School in Greenville, MS, where I taught high school English and sponsored the yearbook and dance team.  After teaching there for three years, I moved to Olive Branch, MS, where I taught English and drama at Olive Branch Middle School.  After my third year at OBMS, I decided to pursue my Masters Degree in Administration and Leadership; so, I entered the sabbatical program through Delta State University.  For the next fourteen months, I interned at various schools in DeSoto County and completed my coursework. I then went on to complete my specialist degree in administration and leadership through Delta State. In 2003 I began my work as assistant principal at DeSoto Central Middle School.  I am currently in my eighteenth year with DeSoto Central.  

In addition to my school responsibilities, I am a wife, daughter, and mother. My husband Stan Bey works for Memphis Fire as an EMS Lt. My mother lives in Horn Lake, MS, and is a retired teacher from Horn Lake High School.  I have a son, Whit, who is in 11th grade this year at DCHS; he is in the DCHS varsity band. I also have a daughter, Sara Wynn, who began 6th grade this fall at DCMS. She loves volleyball. In addition, I gained four amazing stepchildren in my recent marriage. They range in age from 21 to 13. We attend Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, MS. My family and I love DeSoto County and firmly believe in the quality of public schools here.  Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

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Josh Russell, Assistant Principal

My name is Josh Russell and I have been serving as an educator in DeSoto County since 2002. I graduated from Southaven High School in 1997 and from Mississippi State University in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 2015, I received a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. 

My teaching experience began at DeSoto Central Middle School in 2002 where I taught primarily 6th grade math and science. In 2011, I moved to Hernando Middle School to be closer to home and continued teaching 6th grade math and science.  My administrative career began at Horn Lake Intermediate School in 2018. I loved my time as an Eagle at HLIS but am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to return to where my career began. My goal for the 2022-2023 school year is to prove to all our Jags that everyone can be a "math person" and to help them continue to develop into happy, well-rounded, and intellectual members of society.

I live with my wife, Leslie, and three children (Garrison-12, Ellis-6, and Simon-6) in Coldwater, MS.

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Erin Thomas, Assistant Principal

Having served in various educational positions since 1999, Erin Thomas has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and now Mississippi.  Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University, a Master’s degree in Science Education from Lesley University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.  Erin is also a National Board Certified Teacher.  

Erin was raised in six National Parks across the United States.  She met her husband of 25 years in the Coast Guard.  They have two adult sons and have lived on all four U.S. borders.  In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to unique places.

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Chris Watson, Assistant Principal

My name is Chris Watson, and it is a great honor to serve as an Assistant Principal at DCMS. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 2005. In 2013, I received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. I have been an educator for 12 years in both Marshall and DeSoto Counties. I have served as an assistant football coach, head track coach, science department head, and club sponsor. I have spent the last 6 years teaching Science at Hernando High School.

My wife, Missy, is a spotlight teacher at Lewisburg Elementary. We have 4 children and are members of the Olive Branch Church of Christ. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, and watching the Auburn Tigers.