New CHS Principal and Assistant Principal Named

The Corinth School District is pleased to announce Dr. John Barnett as the new Corinth High School principal and Dr. Jeannie Sauls as the new assistant principal for the high school.

“Stable leadership is a key to effective student learning, and this led us to the selection of Drs. Barnett and Sauls. We are excited that they will be returning to the high school. Their past experience at the school gives them the familiarity needed to prepare for the 2022-23 school year. With a strong commitment to improving student learning and achievement, they will make an excellent leadership team, and I know they will work to meet the needs of our students, staff, parents and community,” said Dr. Lee Childress, superintendent of the Corinth School District.

Both are familiar faces to the high school and the school district. Barnett was the CHS principal from 2019 to 2021 and moved into a central office administrator role in July 2021. Prior to his positions in the Corinth School District, he was principal at Anniston Avenue Elementary in Gulfport, MS, from 2016 to 2019. Also, he was assistant principal at Long Beach Middle School in Long Beach, MS, from 2014 to 2016. Additionally, he was an administrative intern at CHS in 2013 and Iuka Elementary School in 2014 through the Mississippi Principal Corp program at The University of Mississippi. He has a doctorate of education from Vanderbilt University, as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the school district and our community in any way possible. Corinth is a very special place and I am proud to call Corinth home. I am excited to return as the principal at CHS. We have a high school and school district that are second to none and I am excited to get to work with the staff, students, and community as a whole to keep the tradition of excellence moving forward,” said Barnett.

Sauls, a graduate of CHS, has a long affiliation with the school district. Since 2017, she has been the Cambridge coordinator and the science curriculum specialist for the district. From 2012 to 2017, she was assistant principal at Corinth High School and from 2010 to 2012, she was assistant principal at Corinth Middle School. Additionally, Sauls was a teacher and administrative intern at Tupelo High School from 2006 to 2010. She has a doctorate of education from William Carey University, a specialist degree from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University.

“I am so excited to be back in the hallways of CHS working with the faculty, staff and students. This move will allow me to be more active in the day-to-day activity, helping our students to excel even more than they currently do. CHS is continually acknowledged for its successes and I can’t wait to be back with my CHS family,” said Sauls.

Both Barnett and Sauls begin their positions on July 1, 2022.