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Superintendent’s Office

Holmes County Consolidated School District is a happy, vibrant and forward thinking school district in which children excel, both academically and socially.

Our eager children have a real thirst for learning and our excellent staff is dedicated to ensuring that every child achieves. We have high standards and expect the best.

Dr. James L. Henderson, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Henderson has several core beliefs:

  • High expectations for all children
  • Professional Learning Communities ensures academic success for students
  • Parents and the entire community as partners ensure successful schools
  • Nonacademic needs must also be met to ensure students’ academic success, and
  • Education should prepare our youth for life and if a child fails, the system fails

Dr. Henderson is a creative, energetic, visionary, strategic and effective leader who has been dedicated to leveling the playing field for all children, teachers, parents and communities for twenty-five years – fifteen of which have been served at the senior  cabinet level.

Dr. Sharon Williams is an experienced educator who has served as a teacher, principal, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of Leadership and Professional Development and Project Director at a university-based non-profit organization.  In her current role, she uses her leadership skills to serve students, teachers and leaders to support teaching and learning at all levels of the organization. Dr. Williams has shared her expertise in school improvement and professional development on many occasions through national and international conferences and has a keen interest in international education, organizational development and performance excellence. She is a Fulbright Educational Leadership Exchange recipient and represented the United States in Asia and South America, and was a 2014 and 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner. Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from the University of Memphis. She received her education specialist and doctorate degrees in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University.

Dr. Sharon Williams

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Jason Sargent’s 19 years as an educator began in the classroom teaching middle school students. He also served as an assistant principal, principal and executive director.

Dr. Sargent’s leadership preparation programs include the Millsaps College Principal’s Institute, Perspective Superintendent Leadership Academy, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Urban School Leaders. Dr. Sargent’s educational leadership was recognized and awarded by U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes. His most notable accomplishments were the improvement of student academic performance at Brown Elementary School and Rowan Middle School as evidenced by the Successful Accountability Rating assigned by the Mississippi Department of Education.

Jason Sargent earned master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from Jackson State University, a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Mississippi College, and is currently earning a master’s degree of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married with five children.


Jason Sargent, Ed.D.

Director of Testing, Enrollment, & Accountability

Dr. JoAnn Green-Rucker, originally from Natchez, Mississippi, worked in the Texas public school system for 24 years.  She earned a doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas Southern University and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University. As an educator, she has served in various capacities, including teacher, technology specialist, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, Title I Supervisor and, most recently assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and school leadership for seven and a half years in two Texas districts. She received numerous notable awards for creating and implementing several innovative programs, secured millions of dollars in grant funding, and drove district and school improvements. Dr. Rucker’s philosophy is to hold everyone accountable for the educational outcomes of students and is famous for asking, “What does the data say?”

Joann Rucker, Ed.D.

Chief, School Leadership

Benjamin G. Torrey, II, is a staunch advocate for the education of all children. A 1996 graduate of Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2000 Mr. Torrey earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College in May 2002. Mr. Torrey has 19 years of experience in the field of education, serving as a teacher in the Jackson Public and Madison County School Districts, as well as serving as an administrator for the Hinds County and Jackson Public School Districts. He was named Hinds County School District’s Administrator of the Year during the 2008-2009 school year while serving as principal at the Main Street Alternative School. Mr. Torrey currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent for the Holmes County Consolidated School District. He previously served as the district’s Coordinator of Testing and Accountability. He believes that leaders must do whatever they can to provide a sense of stability and safety for students in order for them to perform at high levels.

Benjamin G. Torrey, II

Special Assistant to the Superintendent