This year at Florence High School we have 8 new teachers.
Abby Nelson is a science teacher that’s new to FHS. Mrs. Nelson was originally from Florence and graduated from FHS. Since then, she has gone on to get a Master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been married to her husband, Danny, for 8 years now, and together they have a 7 year old son named Kane and a 4 year old daughter named Nora. Mrs. Nelson’s favorite part of Florence is the community, and that the students have so much potential!
Amanda Marbury is another science teacher that’s new to FHS. Mrs. Marbury went to Mississippi College and received her Undergrad in Biology and Education. She then went to Mississippi State to get her Master’s degree in General Science. Before she worked her at FHS, Mrs. Marbury worked at Brandon High School and the Pelahatchie Attendance Center. In her spare time, Mrs. Marbury enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and watching Netflix and college football. Her favorite thing about FHS is the atmosphere in her classroom.
Rhonda Tilly is FHS’s new librarian. Dr. Tilly got both her Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in education from William Carey University, as well as her Doctorate’s degree in Education Administration from Baylor University. Dr. Tilly is originally from Jones County and her husband is an alumni of FHS. Together they enjoy going on Disney Cruises and playing with their dog, Duke. Dr. Tilly’s favorite thing about Florence is that it has that small town feel, but you’re still close to big city business.
Courtney Lipscomb is the new art teacher at FHS. Mrs. Lipscomb attended Delta State University where she was a Fine Arts major with an emphasis in Photography and a minor in Art History. Mrs. Lipscomb used to work at Byram Middle School, and her hobbies are reading, creating art, and spending time with family. Mrs. Lipscomb’s favorite thing about FHS is that the students are attentive and respectful, and she can see some familiar faces from Byram.
Dominique Smalley is a new Inclusion teacher to FHS, but not to RCSD. Mrs. Smalley has been teaching at RCSD for 9 years now, mostly at Richland Upper Elementary. Mrs. Smalley got her Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College and her Master’s in Education from Touro University International. Mrs. Smalley enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with her 3 kids, and her favorite thing about FHS is the fact that everybody is so welcoming and friendly.
Kelly Lingold is our newest English teacher at FHS. Mrs. Lingold has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Miss, and since then, she has earned her Master’s degree. Mrs. Lingold worked at FES for many years before moving up to FHS. Growing up, Mrs. Lingold was a military brat and moved all around the country. She has three children, Trey, a student at Southern Miss, Lindsley, a senior at FHS, and Will, a freshman at FHS.
Frank McKeown, is the new Health Science teacher at FHS. Mr. McKeown has a B.S. in Athletic Training from Southern Miss, and has been a certified athletic trainer since 2003. Mr. McKeown currently works for Medicomp on B-Days, and FHS on A-Days. Mr. McKeown’s hobbies outside of work include hunting and camping, and his favorite thing about FHS is the atmosphere of the students and faculty.
Shan McWilliams, Inclusion Teacher