Administrative Team

Dr. Jerry Wayne Floate, Principal

Dr. Jerry Wayne Floate

It is my pleasure and honor to be the principal of Hernando Middle School. We have a great school and a wonderful community in which we serve. My philosophy on education is that "Every Child Deserves to Grow Every Day." It is our goal to provide every child with the tools and skills they will need to be college and career ready upon graduating from high school. I look forward to the upcoming school year and encourage parents to email or call us if we can ever be of assistance.

Assistant Principals

Thomas Hurst

Mr. Thomas Hurst, Asst. Principal

Mr. Thomas Hurst comes to us from Olive Branch Middle School where he taught History and coached multiple sports. He has nine years in education.

Mr. Hurst will be over the History department and serve as the 8th grade hall administrator.

Jennifer Hodges

Mrs. Hodges 2021

Mrs. Hodges is beginning her 11th year in education and her first year as an Assistant Principal at Hernando Middle School. Before becoming an Administrator, Mrs. Hodges was a 1st grade teacher at DeSoto Central Primary School and a 6th-grade math teacher at DeSoto Central Middle School.

After graduating high school from Carroll Academy in Carrollton, MS, Mrs. Hodges earned her undergraduate from The University of Mississippi, and her master’s degree in education leadership from Arkansas State University.

Mrs. Hodges and her husband, Kerry, have two children, Reid (20), attends Northwest Mississippi Community College and Lillian (14), attends Lewisburg High School. As a family, they enjoy attending Lillian’s volleyball matches, making memories with their large group of family friends, and attending DeSoto Hills Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hodges will be over the Math department and serve as the 6th grade hall administrator. 

Leanna Clark

Close up of Mrs. Clark

Mrs. Leanna Clark is returning to DeSoto County Schools after the military relocated her family to Kansas and the Washington, DC area. She started her teaching career in 2004 here in Hernando. After 13 years of teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades, she became an assistant principal. She continued her educational career in KS and VA. Mrs. Clark received her Bachelor’s Degree at Delta State University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University. She will be entering her 17th year in education and 3rd year in administration. She has been married to Casey for 15 years. They have two daughters. Emma (13) will be in 8th grade at HMS and Ella (10) will be in 5th grade at OGCE. She loves to read, travel, and spend time with family. Mrs. Clark is excited to return back to DCS. Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger! 

Mrs. Clark will be over the English department and serve as the 7th grade hall administrator.