Accreditation and Advanced Academics

Lucy Hasselman, Assistant Superintendent
(662) 429-5271

The DeSoto County Schools Accreditation and Advanced Academics department consists of enthusiastic educators who are committed to ensuring continuous school improvement and high levels of learning for all, adults and students alike. The goal of the department is to support school leaders, teachers, parents, and students as they strive for academic excellence in a myriad of academic settings.


Lucy Hasselman began serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Accreditation and Advanced Academics in July 2020. She has 27 years of experience in education. She has served DeSoto County Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director at the district level. She has one child, a daughter, who attends DeSoto County Schools.

Meet the Team

Mrs. Tonja Hellums

Tonja Hellums, Director

Student Interventions and Programs Student Records and Transcripts

Mrs. Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson, Director

Beth Turner, Career & Technical Education Coordinator

Career & Technical Education

East Campus
West Campus

Drop Out Prevention Plan

Resources and Links

MS Public School Accountability Standards

Cognia - SACS CASI