Award Year: 2013

East Hancock Elementary School

4221 Kiln Delisle Road
Kiln, MS, 39556-6695

(228) 255-6637

Tara Ladner, Principal at time of Nomination

Hancock County School District

School Website


Dedicated to nurturing a sense of pride and a lifetime love of learning with a curriculum that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and social skills.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

East Hancock Elementary has proven its resiliency with the continuation of the standard of academic excellence and high expectations for all students. The EHE family celebrates learning and encourages all members of the community to be involved in its success. A love of learning is nurtured within the walls of the school, and it begins with the philosophy that literacy is the foundation to success. The staff provides access to authentic literature, and a print-rich environment is evident in the classrooms and hallways. More recently, the adaptation of smart board technology has provided even more access to all learning styles. The establishment of a school-wide reading hour, Power Hour, was established and served as a model of differentiation for other district schools. This concept of intense intervention and differentiation has led to an adaptation of the concept called Gator Time to address the current needs of individual learners. Extending beyond the classroom, Gator Time has been a successful strategy in increasing student achievement. East Hancock is nestled between a well-established rural community and neighboring newly-formed city in Hancock County. A major challenge has been addressing change and growth including the steady growth of a population responding to industry and the unexpected growth of displaced populations after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The students at East Hancock are loved and the teachers of East Hancock love to teach. There is an energy felt when someone walks through the doors and an unspoken philosophy among the staff: Do what needs to be done. Exceeding expectations and adapting to change continues to make EHE an exceptional place to “Learn, Love, Laugh, and Lead".