Letter from the Headmaster

Welcome to Centreville Academy! Becoming a student at CA will be one of the most exciting and memorable times of your life. You have ventured forth onto this campus to experience life. You are about to learn who you are.

This can be an exciting time, but also an anxious time. It is a time full of new choices, full of new opportunities, to shape a new tomorrow. Who will you be? That may be the most important decision you will ever make, and you will make it here, but you won’t make it alone. 

Centreville Academy is populated with staff and faculty who are devoted to seeing you succeed. We don’t see expectations; we see an amazing abundance of potential. We are here to stand with you. 

When you make decisions you regret, we’ll help you make it right. When you make decisions that honor the Lord, we will be proud of you. When you fall, we will pick you up to the best of our ability.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” When you are figuring out who you will be, don’t forget who you are in Christ and where your anchor is. If you anchor yourself in Jesus, you will never lose your way, you will never forget the truth, and you will have a life that you could never have imagined. We can’t wait to walk with you as you experience life at Centreville Academy. 

  • Jason Horne - Headmaster

    Jason Horne was born and raised in Centreville, Mississippi. He attended CA from grades 2nd-12th graduating in 1993. After graduating he went to Southwest Community College where he earned his Associates Degree in 1995. He then went on to get his Bachelors’ Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1999. In 2004, he started working at CA as a Coach/Teacher. After several years at CA he decided expand his career by getting his Masters in Education at University of Southern Mississippi in 2008. He was then promoted to Assistant Administrator at CA.

    He now resides in Clinton, Louisiana where he attends Church at Clear Creek United Methodist Church. He is married to Ashley Horne and has one daughter, Madison at CA and a step son Tyler Duncan who graduated from CA in 2013.

    Jason Horne has enjoyed his career at CA is looking forward to many more years.

  • Deborah Hopf - Elementary Principal

    Debbie Hopf is a graduate of Pine Hills Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Music Education. Mrs. Hopf received a Master in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master in Educational Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

    Mrs. Hopf began her teaching career at Centreville Academy in the fall of 1977, teaching second grade and later moving up to fifth grade. In 1988, she began teaching fourth grade at Gloster Elementary School in the Amite County School District. Throughout her 26-year career in Amite County, Mrs. Hopf served as a teacher for ten years then moved into an administrative position as the school’s elementary reading/testing/and federal programs coordinator. In January 2001, she moved into district administration, serving as District Curriculum and Testing Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Education from January 2008-December 2012. In June 2012, Mrs. Hopf began working in the Hazlehurst School District, which was under the control of the Mississippi Department of Education due to numerous violations of accreditation standards. She served the Hazlehurst district as Curriculum Director and as the liaison between the school district and the Mississippi Department of Education in making the necessary corrections to the standards, which qualified Hazlehurst School District to return to full accreditation status by June 2013. Mrs. Hopf retired from public education in June 2013 and returned to Centreville Academy in August 2013. At Centreville Academy, she serves as a teacher, Elementary Principal, and Assistant Headmaster.

  • Lea Hurst - Head Football Coach

    Lea E. “Bill” Hurst graduated from Clinton High School in 1967.  He attended Southwest Mississippi Junior College and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and later an M.S. in Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. 


    Coach Hurst began his career at Centreville Academy in 1973 as the assistant football coach and high school history teacher.  In 1975, he took on the responsibility as head football coach and as headmaster in 1977.  In 2003, Coach Hurst was inducted into the MAIS Coaches’ Association Hall of fame.  He holds the title of the “Winningest Coach” in the Mississippi high school history of both private and public schools.  In 2015, Coach Hurst was named Emeritas Headmaster.


    Coach Hurst is a lifelong member of Clear Creek United Methodist Church in Felixville, Louisiana.  He and his wife, Pat, have three children—Brian, Kelli, and Kimberly.  He has five grandchildren that are the “Apples of his eyes”.

  • Mandy Kirkland- Counselor

  • Claudia Payne - Business Manager

    Claudia O'Dell Payne is a 2006 graduate of Centreville Academy and joined the CA Staff in September of 2016 as the Business Manager. Claudia is married to David Payne (1997 CA graduate) and they have 4 children that currently attend CA; Austin (8th), Mackenzie (3rd), Jacob (2nd), and Logan (K3). Claudia worked in the banking and financial field for 10 years prior to her employment with CA, bringing a broad knowledge base of both business and finance to the CA Office. Claudia is the daughter of Jeff and Janet O'Dell, and has a twin sister Courtney and a brother Lincoln who also graduated from Centreville Academy. Claudia has lived in Centreville all of her life, is a member of Galilee First Baptist Church in Gloster, and loves Centreville Academy. Geaux CA Tigers!


  • Carolyn Darden - Secretary

  • Robert Bordelon

    Coach Robert Bordelon will begin his fourth season coaching in the RSCBL in 2017, born and raised a purebred Cajun in Marksville, La., has been living in and around Baton Rouge for the past 16 years. He has been a player/manager in RSABL and has been involved with the league for over 10 years.

    Robert played 4 years of varsity baseball at Marksville high school. He received multiple local and district awards and was nominated to the La All State team as a pitcher. In 1997, Robert was invited to attend different showcase tryouts including an invitation from the Atlanta Braves. He also received offers to play college baseball from La College, Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Louisiana, and McNeese State. After spending some time at McNeese State University, following up on an offer to join the baseball program, Robert decided to pursue his education at Louisiana State University as a full time student.

    During his schooling, Robert handled several different coaching opportunities with kids of all levels and backgrounds. He also started an interest in umpiring baseball as a career and has worked as high as NJCAA. After several voluntary positions, Robert landed a coaching position at Lee High School in 2005. Then in 2007, he finally landed a more prestigious job at Catholic High School. At CHS, he served in several different coaching roles. They all concluded with a showing at the LHSAA state tournament. In 2010, Robert was rewarded by being part of the 5A LHSAA State Championship team’s coaching staff.

    Coach Bordelon currently coaches at Centreville Academy in Mississippi and resides in Norwood, La. He has 3 children Maddox, Eden, and Kason, and continues to pursue his career in secondary education and coaching.

  • Alice LaCoste

    Alice Ray LaCoste is a 1984 graduate of Centreville Academy. She received an Associate’s degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College, and she received Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University.

    At Centreville Academy, Mrs. LaCoste teaches high school English, computers, and dual enrollment college English. She currently serves as a lead teacher in the high school.

    In 2016, she was named Star Teacher.

    Alice is married to Trey LaCoste. Her son, Ty, graduated from Centreville in 2016, and her son, Trace, is a junior.

  • Susan McKey

    Susan McKey is originally from Baton Rouge, LA, and a graduate of University High School. She received a B.S. in University College with a Humanities concentration from Louisiana State University.

    In addition to being in charge of the annual, Mrs. McKey teaches English and Spanish at Centreville Academy. She is serving as the English Department Chair.

    Mrs. McKey is proud to have been named the 2017 Star Teacher. In 2011, Mrs. McKey received the Valedictorian’s Teacher of the Year Award.

    Susan is married to Bubba McKey, a 1971 graduate of Centreville Academy. She has two daughters that are also Centreville Academy graduates. Elizabeth McKey is a Pediatrician in Jackson, MS. Lauren McKey Mott is married to Thomas Mott and has three children, Wyatt, Lilly, and Samuel Mott.

  • Edith Miller

    Edith Morgan Miller is a 1983 graduate of Lake Charles Boston High School of Lake Charles, Louisiana. After moving to Mississippi in 1992, she began her journey to become a licensed educator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts with a major in History from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. She is currently working on her Master’s in Education through Alcorn State University and plans to follow up with graduate courses in history to qualify her to teach College History at Centreville Academy.

    In 2013, Ms. Miller came to Centreville Academy. She currently teaches high school History and Spanish I, in the History Department Chair, and is in the process of creating a History Club for Centreville Academy. Prior courses she has instructed include computer keyboarding in the upper elementary, junior high English, and ACT Prep.

    Ms. Miller currently resides in Liberty, MS with her 3 sons. Bryce is a graduate of Centreville Academy and is a student at Co-Lin Community College pursuing his career in radiology. Skylar and Colton are freshmen at Centreville Academy.

  • Penny Sawyer

  • Daniel Cook

  • Yvette McDowell

    Yvette Sturgeon McDowell is a 1981 graduate of Wilkinson County Christian Academy. She, also, is a graduate of Southwest Mississippi Community College with an Associate Arts degree and the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and a Library Media Specialist license.

    Yvette has taught in the Natchez-Adams County Public School District (10 years) and the Amite County Public School District (17 years). She has been teaching 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts and High School Library at Centreville Academy for the past 5 years.

    Yvette has been married to Greg “Whitie” McDowell, a 1980 graduate of CA, for 29 years. They have 2 children: John Marcus, a 2014 CA graduate, and Katie Lyn, CA class of 2017.

    While away from school, Yvette loves to read, swim, go for long walks in the woods, and work in her yard; yes, that does include mowing grass. She and Greg love to travel and plan to spend more time doing so since both kids will be away in college next year.

  • Kim Cruise - High School Principal

    Kim Cruise is a 1989 graduate of Parklane Academy. After graduation, she received an A.A. degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College and B.S. in math from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also holds a master’s degree in math education from William Carey University and an independent school administration certification from MAIS/DSU. 

    Kim has taught math at Parklane Academy, Southwest Mississippi Community College, Lamar School, and Brookhaven Academy. 

    She is married to Russell Cruise. They have two daughters. Karli attends Southwest Mississippi Community College, and Sydni is a fourth grader at CA.

  • Russell Cruise - Athletic Director

    Russell Cruise is a 1993 graduate of Amite School Center. After graduation, he received an A.A. degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College before attending Mississippi State University. He completed his B.S. degree at Mississippi Valley State University. He has since completed the MAIS/DSU Leadership Institute for certification in administration and currently working on his master’s degree in independent school administration from Delta State University. 

    He has taught and coached at Kemper Academy, Indianola Academy, Parklane Academy, Lamar School, and Brookhaven Academy. 

    He is married to Kim Cruise. They have two daughters. Karli attends Southwest Mississippi Community College, and Sydni is a fourth grader at CA.

  • Cathy Perry - 6th grade

    Cathy Rish Perry is a 1975 graduate of Centreville Academy. She received an A.A. degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College and a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University. She holds lifetime teaching certificates in Art Education for grades K-12, Lower Elementary Education for grades K-3, Upper Elementary Education for Grades 4-8. She has been teaching in the MAIS for over 30 years.

    At Centreville Academy, Mrs. Perry teaches the sixth grade. She currently serves as the Elementary Chair. She was named Star Teacher in 2010 and Teacher of the Year in 2014. She was recognized by the MAIS for 25 years of distinguished service.

    Cathy is married to Mike Perry and lives in Crosby, Mississippi. Mike is an Area Director for U.S.D.A. Rural Development. She has three children who are all Centreville Academy graduates. Katie Perry Boone (2000) lives in Centreville and is an attorney. Katie has two children, and her son, Strickland, is in K4 at Centreville Academy. Daniel Perry (2004) lives in McCall Creek and is with the U.S. Forest Service. Daniel and his wife, Jessi, have twin boys and are expecting a little girl. Adam Perry (2009) is married to a Centreville Academy graduate, Brooke Blackwell Perry (2010), and lives in Centreville. Adam is an attorney and Brooke is an accountant.

  • Eileen Perkins - 4th grade

    Eileen Phipps Perkins first entered Centreville Academy in January of 1970 as a member of the Sixth Grade class. After graduation, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi and earned a B.S. degree. She has completed numerous post studies and graduate level classes.

    In 1986, Mrs. Perkins returned to Centreville Academy. Through the years, she has been a teacher and guidance counselor. She has served as chairman and sponsor of various events, groups, and clubs. Most recently, Mrs. Perkins has enjoyed a stint of 15 years in the Fourth Grade classroom.

    In 2013, she was awarded the MAIS Educator Lifetime License for 25 years of Faithful and Dedicated Service. In 2015, a highlight of her career was being presented the Outstanding Teacher Award by a former student.

    Eileen lives in Centreville and is married to Ronnie Perkins, a 1973 graduate of Centreville Academy. They have two sons—Matthew, a 2003 graduate, and Daniel, a 2009 graduate. She became a first-time grandmother to Cohen in December 2016.

  • Marilyn Parnell - 3rd grade

    Marilyn Parnell has taught the 3rd grade at Centreville Academy for the past 16 years. Previously, she taught the 4th grade there for one year, and the 1st grade at Slaughter Elementary for one year.

    Marilyn is from McComb, Mississippi and graduated from Parklane Academy in 1980. She attended Southwest Mississippi Jr. College for two years and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for three years. Marilyn earned her BA in elementary education.

    Marilyn has four children who have attended CA. Her fourth will graduate in May 2017. 

  • Pamela Felder - 2nd grade

    Pam Felder teaches second grade. She resides in Liberty, Ms. She is a graduate of Amite SchoolCenter, Southwest Mississippi Community College, and The University of Southern Ms. She has degrees in elementary education and sociology, with a minor in social studies. She is a member of Liberty Baptist Church, where she teaches Sunday school. 

  • Shirley Leggett - Kindergarten

    "Ms. Shirley" was born in Wichita, KS. and attended Wichita Public Schools. She graduated from Wichita East High School in 1962. In 1967, she graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS with a bachelor's degree in education. After marrying Wayne Leggett in June 1967, she moved to Jackson, LA, where she taught 1st Grade and Kindergarten for a number of years. In 1986 she graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She continued teaching Kindergarten until offered the Librarian Job at Jackson Elementary. To keep this position, it was necessary for her to return to Southeastern Louisiana University to be certified as an Elem. librarian. She worked as a librarian for six years during which time she evaluated first year teachers and chaired the SBLC at Jackson Elem. She retired from public school education with 33 years' service in May of 2000. After 2 months of retirement, ”Ms. Shirley" accepted the position of Kindergarten teacher at Centreville Academy. She continued to teach at CA after losing Wayne in April 2005.

    In her spare time she does genealogy work for family and friends, plays the violin, and helps with mission work at her church. Her son Matthew graduated from Centreville Academy and his son, James attends CA at the present time.

  • Denise Jenkins - K4

    Denise Jenkins is a 1985 graduate of Centreville Academy. She attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and received a Certificate as a Certified Computer Operator. She completed Mississippi Department of Human Services, Office of Children and Youth, Child Care Administration Program to become a Credentialed Director, C.D.

    Before teaching Denise was Office Manager and Computer Operator for Woodville Apparel (Fruit of the Loom) and Computer Operator for Guy Engineering. Denise first taught at Southwest Mississippi Community College in the Career Center and Mobile Lab, teaching Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. She also taught for Mississippi Forum on Children and Families, Inc., teaching Print-Rich (Reading Readiness), Take Care of Me Series, Positive Discipline, Introduction to Professional Development and substituted for the Director Credential Training Program.

    Denise was the Director of T.P. Playschool for nine years before teaching K4 at Centreville Academy. In 2008 she received a certificate of completion from MAIS in Pre-Kindergarten Teaching.

    Denise is married to Chuck Jenkins, a 1977 Centreville Academy graduate. Her son, Chip, graduated from Centreville Academy in 2007 and her son, Chad, will graduate in May 2017. Denise’s granddaughter, McKaela, will graduate Kindergarten in May 2017.

  • Sara Brabham - Elementary P.E.

    Sara Brabham lives in Kentwood, Louisiana. She is a 1991 graduate of Jewel M. Sumner High School. Sara attended Florida Parishes Technical College, studying office and computer occupations. She is married to Seth Brabham, a 1991 CA graduate. Sara worked with Seth in their business (Brabham Woodworking LLC) for many years prior to joining the CA staff. She started working at CA in August of 2011 and is presently the Kindergarten Aide and elementary P.E. teacher along with Tonya Beatty. Sara has two children. Alison was the Valedictorian and Star Student of the CA class of 2015 and is currently a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Wyatt is a sophomore at CA and participates on the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. GO TIGERS!

  • Tonya Beatty - Elementary Librarian

    Tonya Beatty graduated in 1989, from Northeast High School near Pride, Louisiana, where she lived growing up. Tonya was hired on at CA for a bus driver position, and since our bus drivers stay at school during the day, we put her working as an assistant with the K3 and K4 classes for her 1st 4 years here. Now you can find her in our Elementary Library making sure the children keep up with their books and get their AR points. Tonya also teaches elementary P.E. with Sara Brabham. Tonya is married to Toby Beatty and lives in Ethel, LA. Their three sons have attended CA for the last 10 years. Caleb graduated from here in 2015, Jeremy is in the 10th grade and Timothy is in the 9th this year. 

  • Jeffrey O'Dell - Maintenance

    Jeffrey O'Dell (Jeff) was born and raised in Centreville, attended Centreville Academy, and made his family's home in Centreville. After high school, Jeff worked for a local timber company (over 20 years) doing a variety of jobs including operating a wood yard, office work, and maintenance work. Jeff joined the CA Staff in February of 2004 in the Maintenance position and assists in other areas as requested; he is a substitute bus driver and actively involved with athletic events. Jeff is married to Janet O'Dell and they have 3 children; twin daughters Courtney and Claudia and son Lincoln, all CA graduates. Jeff and Janet were PTC President and very active in the Booster Club and all Athletic events during the 15 years that their children were at CA. Their involvement at CA continues as they currently have 4 grandchildren attending CA; Austin (8th), Mackenzie (3rd), Jacob (2nd), and Logan (K3); Geaux Tigers!

  • Brittny Roberts - 1st Grade

    Brittny Roberts was born in St. Francisville, Louisiana, and predominately lived in Woodville, Mississippi most of her life. She attended WCCA starting with preschool and graduated high school there as well in 2010. She then attended Southwest Mississippi Community College, but received her Bachelors Degree at The University of Southern Mississippi in December 2015. She taught Elementary Art for two years at Amite School Center, and she is currently teaching first grade at Centreville Academy.

    She currently lives in Liberty, Mississippi and attends New Salem Baptist Church of Liberty. She is a photographer and enjoys art. She is looking forward to the future God has in store for her.

  • Will McNabb

    Will McNabb is 2011 graduate of Amite School Center. After graduate he received his A.A. degree from Southwest Mississippi Community College. He completed his B.S. degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA.

    He has coached at Amite School Center and Wayne Academy. He is currently the head JV football coach, assistant varsity football coach, and head boys track coach, as well as 11th grade U.S. History and 7th grade science teacher at Centreville Academy.

  • Amy Havard - Office Aide

    Amy Havard joined Centreville Academy in August of 2015 as a classroom aide.  She is now an office secretary and aftercare worker.  She is a 1993 graduate of CA and holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Southwest Mississippi Community College.  Amy is married to Mike and they have three children, Brooke, a 2015 graduate of CA, Landon, a 2017 graduate of CA, and Trenton is in 2nd grade at CA this year.  They attend Mt. Carmel UMC where she teaches Sunday school.  Amy enjoys working outside in the yard and spending time with her family.  She is looking forward to many great years at CA.