Faculty & Staff

Winston-Louisville Career-Tech Faculty & Staff 

Seated:  Penny Wells, Brenda Vanlandingham, Christi Vanlandingham, Heather Fulton, Tammy Parkes;  Standing 1st Row:  Helen Black, Stevie Herrington, Jimmy Dempsey, Jimmy Rushing, Carl Woods, Lori Burt; Standing Back Row:  Shane McDaniel, Ron Swart, Corey Coward, James Robert Webb, Chawan Jernigan

Teachers have specialized education and experience in designated fields and utilize state of the art equipment and techniques to provide advanced training and skills to students enrolled in their program. The high school's academic curriculum is integrated with vocational objectives to engage students in a functional and applied process designed to enable them to effectively incorporate their vocational knowledge base.

Today's emerging job market presents a dilemma to young people struggling to determine their career path. Ascertaining knowledge in areas such as health education, business marketing, technical trades and quality work skills help develop interview and employment adeptness. High school students who enroll in one or more of the programs offered at the Career And Technology Center will have a definite advantage when entering the world of work.

Mrs. Helen Black, Culinary Arts

Mrs. Black has an Associate degree in Business & Office Technology from Holmes Junior College, Bachelor's degree in Business Education, Computer Concentration and a Master’s in Vocational Education from MSU. She is IC3 certified and National Board certified. She taught Business and Office Technology at Holmes Junior College for 7 years and Diversified Occupations at Kosciusko-Attala Vocational-Technical Center for 2 years, She has been at our center since 2001 where she has taught Business and Computer Technology, Design Technology for Fashion & Interiors, and Teacher Academy. She is currently teaching Culinary Arts.  She lives in Louisville with her husband and has 2 children.
Mrs. Jenny Vowell, Teacher Academy

Mrs. Vowell began as the instructor for Teacher Academy in the spring of 2017.  Mrs. Vowell has Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and she is National Board certified. She was librarian at Noxapater Attendance Center for 12 years and librarian at Eiland Middle School for 10 years. She recently served as Literacy and Technology Coach for the LMSD. She lives in Louisville with her husband and has 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

Mr. Corey Coward, Career Pathway Experience

Mr. Coward graduated from Noxapater Attendance Center in 2003.  Next, he continued his education at East Central Community College where he majored in Liberal Arts.  He earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 2008 from the University of West Alabama and completed his Master's of Education in School Counseling in 2011 from the University of West Alabama as well.  He taught physical education and general sciences at Nanih Waiya where he was also an Assistant Baseball and Assistant Football coach.  He began teaching the Career Pathways Experience (CPE) program at the WLCTC in 2012.  He and his wife, Bailey, live in Louisville.

Mr. Jimmy Dempsey, Automotive Service

Mr. Dempsey graduated from Louisville High School in 1971. Almost immediately, he went to work for a Chrysler dealership here in Louisville. Since then, he has worked in Parts and the domestic and foreign automotive field for the last 35 years. Mr. Dempsey took the Alternate Route to become an educator through prior experience, passing the National Occupational Competency Test, ASE and NATEF Certification. He has been teaching Automotive Mechanics at WLCTC since 2005. Mr. Dempsey lives in Louisville with his wife and has 2 children.

Mrs. Heather Fulton, Student Support Services

Mrs. Fulton is a Student Service Coordinator for WLCTC.  She graduated from East Central Community College and continued her education at Mississippi University for Women where she graduated with a degree in Psychology.  She went back to school and received her teacher licensure in Special Education.  Mrs. Fulton previously taught at Louisville Group Homes before moving to her position at WLCTC in 2015.  She lives in Louisville with her husband and three sons

Mr. Stevie Herrington, Forestry

Mr. Herrington has an Associate Degree in Forestry from East MS Community College. He has been in the timber business since 1997, where he worked for various timber companies. He worked at Rives and Reynolds Lumber Company for almost 9 years as the procurement manager and oversaw management of 5,000 acres of timberland.  He began teaching the Forestry program in 2008.  He lives in Louisville with his wife and 2 children.

Mr. Chawan Jernigan, Simulation & Animation Design 
Mr. Jernigan is a 1997 honor graduate of Louisville High School.  He has also completed 3 degree programs from Mississippi State University: a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems (2001); a Master’s in Educational Technology (2003); an Education Specialist in Educational Technology (2015).  His work experience spans from computer technical support, banking and finance, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Winston County staff and director, computer repair, and his current profession of teaching.  He is married to Kristi Jernigan, who also teaches at LHS.  They have three children.  He has several goals as a teacher; they include, but are not limited to: (1) to impart knowledge about education AND life to every student; (2) to demonstrate that teachers can impact personal lives of students by caring about more than grades; (3) to teach students to respect everyone.

Mrs. Tammy Parkes, Counselor

Mrs. Tammy Parkes began as the Counselor for the Winston-Louisville Career Tech Center in 2015.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Delta State University.  She holds a Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Mississippi State University.  Mrs. Parkes taught Psychology and was the Academic Counselor at Clarke College/MS College for 2 years.  She was the Career-Tech Counselor at the ECCC-Philadelphia/Neshoba Career-Technical Center for 11 year and, was the Counselor at Neshoba Central High School for one year.  She taught Psychology and was the Academic Counselor at East MS Community College- Scooba Campus for nine years. She was the Guidance Counselor at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center for three years.  She lives in Nanih Waiya with her husband and three children.
Mr. Shane McDaniel, Welding

Mr. McDaniel has an Associate Degree in Machine Shop Technology and is currently working on his Bachelors Degree at the University of Southern Miss. He has worked 12 years working as a pipe welder and machinist in various machine shops, which includes Taylor Machine Works in Louisville, Lavender Inc. in Aliceville AL, and Taylor Precision Industry Shop of Philadelphia, MS. Mr. McDaniel has taught for the WLCTC since 2006. He lives in Nanih Waiya with his wife and 3 children.

Mr. Jimmy Rushing, Ag Power & Tech.

Mr. Rushing has a Bachelor in Science in Poultry Science, a Minor in Wildlife Biology and Business Administration from MS State University. He worked for 7 years in mechanics and maintenance at Temtco Steel. Mr. Rushing taught Poultry Judging at MSU where his team won Nationals in South-Eastern Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest. Mr. Rushing has been teaching Ag. Power at the WLCTC in 2003. He lives in Louisville with his wife and child.

Mr. Ron Swart, Construction/Carpentry

Mr. Swart is the instructor for the Construction/Carpentry Program.  Mr. Swart has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from The University of West Alabama.  He was a Social Studies teacher and coach at Neshoba Central High School and Nanih Waiya High School.  He served one year as the GED Instructor for the Louisville Alternative School before beginning at the Winston-Louisville Career Technical Center.  In addition to teaching at the Winston-Louisville  Career Technicial Center, Mr. Swart coaches softball and basketball at Nanih Waiya.  Mr. Swart lives in Nanih Waiya with his wife and two sons.

Mrs. Brenda Vanlandingham, Secretary

Mrs. Vanlandingham (Mrs. Van) has worked in the Louisville Municipal School District since 1987.  She started out working in a classroom and managing a computer lab at Fair Elementary before transferring to the Louisville High School office in 1995. Mrs. Van moved to the Career and Technology Center in 2008. She lives in Louisville with her husband and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Mrs. Christi Vanlandingham, Student Support Services

Mrs. VanLandingham is the Student Service Coordinator for WLCTC. She graduated from MSU-Meridian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She has also obtained her endorsement in Vocational Education. She previously taught at Newton Elementary and Southeast Elementary in Meridian. She joined the Louisville Municipal School District after moving to Winston County in 2000. She has taught at Noxapater Attendance Center, Louisville Elementary, and Fair Elementary before moving to her current position at WLCTC. She lives in Louisville with her husband and two children.

Mr. James Robert Webb, Director

Mr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from MSU in 1988. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from MSU – Meridian. He taught at Ethel High School as the Vocational Agricultural teacher for 7 years. He then moved to Noxapater High School as the Vocational Agricultural teacher for 10 years. He currently serves as the Vocational Director at Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center, where he has been since 2006. Mr. Webb lives in Noxapater with his wife and has 3 children.

Mrs. Penny Wells, Health Science

Mrs. Wells graduated from Meridian Community College with an Associate's Degree in Nursing. She has been a Registered Nurse for fifteen years. Prior to teaching she held positions as Director of Nursing Services, Nursing Supervisor, Staff Developement Coordinator, Employee Health Nurse, Utilization Review Nurse, Infection Control Nurse, Nurse Aide Training Instructor and Basic Life Support Instructor. She has worked in home health, hospice, hospitals, nursing homes, health information and taught for Holmes Community College. Mrs. Wells has taught Health Science since 2011.  She lives in Noxapater with her husband and three children.

Mr. Carl Woods is a 1977 graduate from Noxapater Attendance Center. He has worked for Louisville Municipal School District since October of 1984.  He spent 18 years working at the Louisville High School before moving to the WLCTC. Along with working at the school, he does work at Headstart and has been a bus driver for many years. Mr. Woods is very active in his church and has been the musician over 20 years. Mr. Woods lives in Louisville with his wife and has 3 children.