Principal's Message

Joanna Barnes

I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new principal of Hopewell Elementary School. It is abundantly clear our school is a special place. I am genuinely grateful to serve you and look forward to immersing myself entirely in our school and our community. My passion is and always will be educating students to become lifelong learners by ensuring academic excellence. Over the past few weeks, I dedicated time to familiarize myself with the school culture and climate, and I have learned that the faculty are committed to developing the whole child. One of my first goals is to build relationships with teachers, students, families, and community partners to encourage strong alliances to advance a culture of excellence here at Hopewell Elementary School.

I come to you with 18 years of experience as an educator. I have served in the capacity as a teacher, math and ELA academic coach, and assistant principal for the last nine years.  I am a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a graduate of William Carey University, with a master’s degree in elementary education and currently completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Hopewell Elementary is committed to empowering our students to become lifelong learners by ensuring academic excellence. It is our goal to create a safe and orderly learning environment, establish high expectations for all students, and provide leadership opportunities for students to thrive.  It is the vision of Hopewell Elementary school that our students meet or exceed mastery of MS State Standards, progress in reading, writing, math and science skills, and show respect for themselves and others. 

I look forward to a great school year. Together as a team, we will  achieve the highest accomplishments for our students and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. 


Joanna Barnes,

Jana Bradshaw,
Assistant Principal



Academic Excellence Through Empowerment

Every Child, Every Day 


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