Three new principals will be joining Madison County Schools (MCS) for the next school year – one each at Madison Central High School, Ridgeland High School, and Madison Station Elementary School.
Dr. Teague Burchfield will take over at Madison Central High School as the next step in his 20-year career in education. He recently earned the award of Rankin County School District’s Secondary Administrator of the Year in 2022 during which he served as the principal of Pelahatchie High School.
Although he most recently served outside of the MCS, he has spent more than half of his career within MCS as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal. He earned MCS Assistant Principal of the Year honors in 2015.
“I am excited for the opportunity to return to Madison Central High School in this capacity and look forward to building on the successes of its storied academic and extracurricular past,” Burchfield said. “Go Jaguars.”
Madison County Schools Superintendent Charlotte Seals said they are delighted for Burchfield to return home to Madison County Schools.
“Dr. Burchfield is known in the education community as a wise and caring leader, and we know Madison Central is in excellent hands going forward to continue the outstanding programs and opportunities for students,” Seals said.
Burchfield and his wife, Robyn, have two children, Phillip and Ellyn.
Crystal Chase will take over as the next principal of Ridgeland High School. Chase has 19 years of experience spent as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Old Town Middle School and was seen as a natural fit to serve at the highschool level.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Ridgeland High School,” Chase said. “It has been 20 years since the school opened its doors, and I am excited to celebrate the past accomplishments while promoting a culture of excellence that will lead to success for all students.”
Chase has received top recognition for her work, including, in 2018, when she was named the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals’ Middle School Principal of the Year and, in 2019, when she was recognized as Madison County Schools’ District Administrator of the Year.
“Ridgeland High School will continue to flourish and rise to new heights of excellence with Mrs. Chase’s leadership,” Seals said. “Mrs. Chase is completely devoted to the students and faculty of Madison County and the Titan Zone. She is a wise and thoughtful leader with a heart for service and commitment to the highest standards.”
“Being in a position to create new opportunities for the Titan Zone and Ridgeland High School generates excitement and causes me to enthusiastically say, ‘It’s a Great Day to be a Titan!’” Chase said.
Chase is an active member of her church community where she serves as a Sunday school teacher and member of the choir. She and her husband have three sons, the youngest of whom is a sophomore at Ridgeland High School.
Kara Davis will be Madison Station Elementary’s new principal this coming school year where she currently serves as an assistant principal.
“Serving our community through Madison Station is one of my greatest joys,” Davis said. “Each day brings new opportunities for life, laughs, and love.”
The 2022-2023 school year will be Davis’s 20th year in education – 16 of which have been with Madison County Schools. She has served as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum specialist and assistant principal.
“Throughout her years in Madison County Schools, Mrs. Davis has sought opportunities to grow and develop as an outstanding leader,” Seals said. “Her commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and creative mind will continue to be assets to our District and administrative team.”
Davis will be only the fifth principal to lead Madison Station during its 30-year history.
“This new year will provide another opportunity to show our state that Madison Station is ‘Here to Stay,’ which is our school theme for 2022-2023,” Davis said. “Families can expect to see Madison Station continue to lead the state in student proficiency and student growth. We will work together to support each other and our community, while sparking a love of learning in our children through exposure to the arts. We are better together, and it is an honor to link arms with each of our families to engage their children in rich daily programming.”
Davis and her husband, Brady, have two children, Whitney and Amelia.
All three newly named principals will begin their responsibilities effective July 1.