Lisa is the third and fourth grade language arts teacher at BDS. She is married to Chris, and together they have four children. Lisa is passionate about an integrated, literature-based curriculum where children are excited to question and explore the world around them. Her goal is to ignite a yearning for knowledge within each of her students and help them build the confidence and skills they need to continuously seek more.
Misty is the third and fourth grade math and science teacher at BDS. She is married to Tim Bass. They have two wonderful children, Drake and Darbi. Misty has over sixteen years of teaching experience. Misty was a 2013 MAIS Elementary Teacher of the Year nominee. She believes children learn best when they are motivated to learn by seeing the importance of the information presented. She hopes that by fully engaging children in the learning process, she can promote a passion for life-long learning.
Joy is new to BDS this year. She will be teaching Kindergarten Language Arts and Reading. She and her husband, Joe, have three children, Leslie, Mikell Thomas, and Will. Joy has been in public education for 27 years at Columbia Primary. For the past 15 years she taught kindergarten. She believes every child is special and unique and each have a distinct way of acquiring knowledge. She is excited to be a part of shaping the children's knowledge through love, challenging experiences, and extraordinary learning.
Erin teaches secondary science and mathematics courses. She is wife to Brantley and mom to Gracen, who is a first grader here at BDS. Erin attended the Mississippi School for Math and Science where her love for non-conventional grade-school education began. Erin is a member of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association, National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Amy is a first year teacher. She will be teaching first grade math and science. Amy is member of Mississippi Professional Educators. She believes that student's learn best when they use their strengths to guide their learning. She plans to guide students to love learning with passion and love.
Jami Holles teaches 5th grade math and Transition to Algebra at BDS. She is married to Toby Holles and has 2 children, Riley and Brody. Jami was an English Resource teacher and taught English to 4th graders in Namibia, Africa for one year before teaching elementary school in Northern Virginia for 9 years. This is her third year teaching at BDS. Jami believes in inspiring her students to love learning. She believes in creating a challenging and supportive classroom environment where all of her students can become confident, passionate learners. Jami appreciates that teaching at BDS gives her the freedom to be creative and inspiring in her teaching, and she works to help each of her students reach their highest potential every day.
Lisa Holliman teaches 5th grade reading and 7th grade media studies at BDS. She is also the conceptual coordinator. She is married to her best friend and coteacher, Trent Holliman. Together they have one son, Rafferty. This is Lisa's eighth year with BDS. She has a passion for teaching reading in a way that makes her students fall in love with books. She believes that learning should be authentic and hands-on and that students should be fostered to cultivate their own learning.
Trent Holliman is a science, social studies, and conceptual teacher at BDS. He is married to his best friend and coteacher, Lisa Holliman and they have a wonderful little boy, Rafferty. This is Trent's seventh year of teaching, and he works with the students in grades 5th and up. Although he enjoys learning about all there is to know, his passion rests with science. Trent views the entirety of his life as a training session for his teaching profession. Trent fully understands the importance of continuing one's education outside the walls of educational institutions.
Shelley is excited to be a part of BDS and to be teaching first grade. She is married to Lamar Jackson, and they have a 2 year old daughter, Florence Anne. This is Shelley’s fifth year of teaching. She has taught first grade for the past four years at Purvis Lower Elementary School. She believes that by empowering students and using authentic and diverse instruction her students will be successful learners. She plans to give her students many meaningful and challenging experiences in first grade that will build their knowledge, friendships, and love for learning.
Jennifer is new to BDS, and will teach Kindergarten Math and Science. She and her husband Blake of 23 years are raising two daughters, Hannah and Emily, who are currently enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught K-6 and children with special needs. Jennifer has been recognized for her outstanding teaching, including “Teacher of the Year” at Pitre Elementary for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years, as well as Thames Elementary and Hattiesburg Public School District “District Teacher of the Year” during the 2010-2011 school year. Jennifer is an active member of St. Fabian Catholic Church and a board member for The Arc of Southeast Mississippi. She believes that children learn through love, support, and discovery in an embracing classroom.
Josh specializes in history, religion, and philosophy. He says he has traveled physically, mentally, and spiritually far in his life. He traveled physically far by going to China, Thailand, and Cambodia. He traveled mentally far by having to be independent from a young age. Lastly, he has traveled spiritually far by the Grace of God. He enjoys traveling, eating in new places, and engaging in outdoor activities. His teaching philosophy is not to funnel information into students’ heads, but to teach them how to obtain information on their own. This gives students the ability to be life long learners that know how to navigate the body of knowledge available to the world.
Summer Smith is the second grade teacher at Benedict Day School. She is married to Chris Smith, and they have a nine year old daughter, Cooper. Together they enjoy watching her grow and seeing the world through her eyes. She also teaches fourth grade math. She has been an educator for 14 years including 3 years as an Interventionist in the Columbia School District. Summer was honored with being selected as Teacher of the Year while at Columbia Elementary School. She is a member of Mississippi Professional Educators (MPE). Summer believes that teaching is a lifelong learning process, and that every child is a unique and special individual. She further believes that her role as a teacher is to develop the tools students need to become independent, successful, lifelong learners. She has a love and appreciation for the arts. Summer has had extensive training in ballet and still enjoys being involved in the world of dance. Summer appreciates that BDS includes and nurtures the arts in their curriculum.