Administrative Team

John Sartain

Mr. John Sartain, Principal

Welcome to Southaven Middle School! I am very excited to be the principal of this amazing school. I look forward to serving the students, parents, and teachers of Southaven Middle School.

Assistant Principals

Dr. Jeremiah Burks

Dr. Jeremiah Burks, Assistant Principal

Dr. Jeremiah Burks has been an educator for more than 25 years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University. He later received a master's degree and specialist’s degree also from Delta State. He received his doctorate from Arkansas State University – Jonesboro in 2010.

Before becoming assistant principal at SMS, Mr. Burks was assistant principal at Horn Lake High School. Dr. Burks served as a lead teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator in school districts in both Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mr. Nick Eddlemon, Asst. Princpal

Mr. Nick Eddlemon, Assistant Principal

I am a graduate of Southaven High School, class of 1996. I attended Freed-Hardeman University where I received my Bachelor's degree in 2000 and my Master’s in 2011 from Arkansas State University. I have been a Head Volleyball coach, Assistant Baseball coach, and Archery coach in Desoto County. I taught Math courses ranging from Calculus to Pre-Algebra during my teaching career. I have been married to Daphne since 2001 and have 2 girls, Jaci & Jadyn and one boy, Brody.


Mrs. Elizabeth Hurst, Asst. Principal

Mrs. Elizabeth Hurst, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Elizabeth Hurst is from Olive Branch but currently resides in Memphis. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Mississippi.  Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Hurst taught math at Olive Branch Middle School.  She is  married to Thomas Hurst, a teacher at Olive Branch Middle School.

Mrs. Rebecca Murdock, Asst. Principal

Mrs. Rebecca Murdock, Assistant Principal

It is truly an honor to be working with the students, parents, and staff in my 2nd year here at Southaven Middle School!  My previous experience includes working as an English teacher at Horn Lake High School for eight years.  In addition, I served Horn Lake Middle School for three years as the MTSS Interventionist and the State Testing Coordinator. 

My education began at the University of Memphis where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations. I received a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University and my Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Belhaven Univsersity.  Currently, I am working on my Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Belhaven University. 

My family and I currently live in Hernando. My husband of twenty-nine years, Bill, is a realtor with Crye-Leike Realtors in Hernando and my daughter just graduated from OLE Miss (Hotty Toddy!) and is working full time as a Marketing and Loan Officer Assistant. She is engaged to be married in June of 2020 and the planning has begun!  We also have three dogs; Oxford, Aladdin, and Jazzmin. 

It is my commitment to the students and parents of Southaven Middle School to do all I can do to help each student become successful and each parent to feel proud to send their student to SMS!  Please contact me if you have questions or concerns. The best way to contact me is by email from my website.

I am looking forward to an awesome school year!