Heidi Dillon was chosen to represent the Poplarville School District as the 2014-2015 Administrator of the Year. She has been an educator for eighteen years and is presently serving as the principal of the Middle School of Poplarville. Mrs. Dillon is an instructional leader. She has high standards and expectations for herself and others. Her personality and enthusiasm is contagious.

Since Mrs. Dillon has become the principal, she has implemented programs to increase student attendance, teacher morale, student achievement, and parental involvement.  She nurtures, supports, and leads a dynamic learning community that works collaboratively to strengthen the academic and social achievement of students and the relationship between home, school, and community.  She is always looking for ways to improve the school and then figures out how to make these improvements no matter how difficult it might be. She takes responsibility both in success and failures of the school. She puts the needs of others in front of her own. Her goal is to always do what is best for the students.


Mrs. Dillon recognizes the small things that make such a large impact on providing a school environment that promotes a positive school culture and increases student learning. Teachers, students, and parents are recognized for their hard work. School wide events are planned to motivate students to perform academically and to promote positive behavior and attendance. For example, students with 96% attendance or above were able to participate in “Dancing in the Streets” with Momma V from Kicker 108. “Coffee Talk with the Principal” has been implemented to encourage parental involvement and allow parents to have a voice. Mrs. Dillon has been duct taped to the wall to encourage student attendance, has recognized teachers for their hard works, and continues to manage the school and work as a team player while facing the ongoing changes in education. Mrs. Dillon has led trainings to help teachers grow professionally, worked with community members to develop partnerships, and has continued to find time to tutor students who are having difficulty with math skills.


The sky is the limit with Mrs. Dillon. She is a natural leader who takes whatever steps are needed to ensure that the students are receiving the best educational experience.