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Dr. Patrick Gray

2 months ago

Dr. Patrick Gray

Head Principal
email: patrick.gray@lamark12.org


Hello! My name is Patrick Gray and I am excited to serve parents, teachers, and students as principal of Oak Grove Middle School. OGMS is rooted in excellence and our theme for the school year is "Making A Difference." Our administrators and teachers strive to create the best learning environment where students can lose themselves in what they love here on campus and prepare for the challenges of our ever-changing world.

I am originally from Natchez, MS and a 1999 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. I began my graduate studies at William Carey University and received specialist and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. I spent six years as a language arts teacher at OGMS and taught several years in the English Department at Southern Miss. I also served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at OGMS before becoming principal in 2012. My first love is the classroom and my hope is for each student to realize his/her potential that will aid them in making a positive impact in the lives of others.

 I encourage all parents to become active participants in their child's learning. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.Go Warriors!

Mrs. Jennifer Clark

2 months ago

Mrs. Jennifer Clark

6th Grade Assistant Principal
email: jennifer.clark@lamark12.org



Welcome to the OGMS family! I am beginning my 26th year in education, most of that time with Lamar County Schools. I have been at OGMS for the last fourteen years. I am a USM alumni, where I received an undergraduate degree in Chemisty, a Master's Degree in Science Education, and a Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership. For the past four years, I have been the Lead Teacher and School 504 Coordinator at OGMS.

This year I will be serving as the 6th Grade Assistant Principal. My passion is middle school! I believe the influence we have during this special time in our students' lives has an effect way beyond the three years they may spend at OGMS. It makes the difference in our students' abilities to be successful for the rest of their lives. Please call on me if I can help you in any way. We truly are committed to excellence! 

Ms. Fanesha Terrell

2 months ago

Ms. Fanesha Terrell

7th Grade Assistant Principal
email: fanesha.terrell@lamark12.org


I am entering my 18th year as an educator. I have a love for technology and education forums. I am a twenty-two year member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am an active member of Truth Church. I am a doctoral student and I will finish my studies this year. I aspire to be a transformational leader, motivational speaker, and educational consultant. 

Fanesha Terrell

I am the mother of a SENIOR this year. As a mother, administrator, and a citizen of Lamar County, I am proud of every accomplishment that Lamar County has worked hard to achieve. 


I am currently the Board President for DREAM of Hattiesburg. I have served for several years on the board. We currently serve students from the surrounding the areas.

Mr. Robin Ryder

2 months ago

Mr. Robin Ryder

8th Grade Assistant Principal
email: robin.ryder@lamark12.org


I am entering my 23rd year in education, and I am starting my seventh year as the 8th grade Assistant Principal here at Oak Grove Middle School. I have been married for 22 years to Kimberly Ryder, and we are the parents to Tate and Landry. Tate is entering his freshman year at East Central Community College and Landry will be a 10th grader at OGHS. In my free time, I enjoy exercising and watching Tate and Landry in ALL their activities.

Hattiesburg is a great place to work and raise a family. I enjoy supporting and attending Oak Grove sports and activities. Oak Grove Middle School has something for everyone. I invite all parents and students to find something to be involved with at OGMS. I look forward to a successful 2019-20 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance.




Mrs. Sara Stygles

2 months ago

Mrs. Sara Stygles

Lead Teacher
email: sara.stygles@lamark12.org


My Name is Sara Stygles and I am your Lead Teacher here at Oak Grove Middle School! I have been an educator for 9 years with experience in kindergarten through 6th grade. I am excited to expand that experience to 7th and 8th grade. This will be my first year transitioning from being a classroom teacher to being an administrator, and I am looking forward to it! Many of the students attending OGMS are students I have taught or worked with previously, so I am excited to once more be a part of their educational journey. 

I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Elementary Education, and I am highly qualified to teach math in grades 7-12. I earned my Masters degree from William Carey University in 2012 with a concentration in Gifted Education. I am once again attending William Carey University to earn my Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. I will graduate with this degree in August 2019. I plan to pursue my Doctorate in Educational Leadership as well.

I grew up in Laurel but currently live in Ellisville. I am married to Nelson and have two children. My son, Baxter, is entering his Sophomore year of high school, and my daughter, Izzy, will be an 8th grader at OGMS this year. We have three rescue pups!

We’re glad that you are a part of the Oak Grove Middle School family! If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.