New Principal Announcement
Welcome to South New Summit, Mr. Mike Lott!
New Learning Resources School District has recently named a new principal at the South New Summit School campus in Hattiesburg. Petal native Mike Lott comes to South New Summit School after serving most recently as principal at Runnelstown School; his previous school administrator experience also includes West Monroe (Louisiana) High School, as well as administrative roles in the Petal School District over the course of several years. During his tenure as an educator, he has been named Teacher of the Year at the school and local levels, Louisiana finalist for Teacher of the Year, and Perry County Schools Administrator of the Year. He took a break from school administration from 2000-2008 when he was elected to represent District 104 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. After the completion of his second term, Lott chose to return to the Petal School District, where he assumed another administrative role until going to Runnelstown School in July of 2013. When asked about his philosophy of education, Lott responded, “I believe that every student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature in every aspect. The most effective way for educators to help accomplish this challenge is providing a classroom and learning environment that fosters mutual respect, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas and creativity. As the administrator, my role
is to be a motivator, coach, instructional leader, counselor, and mentor; my credibility to accomplish this role begins and ends with developing strong and positive relationships with staff and students, based on trust and open conversations.”
Lott added that he looks very forward to working with the staff, students, and parents at South New Summit School and to building relationships with and seeking support from the community. He added, “I truly believe that our school has so much to offer students as we seek to help them reach their full potential and enhance their personal growth.”
He and his wife Ellie, a former school nurse, live in Petal and are members of Petal-Harvey Baptist Church. They have two children—Ryan Lott (wife Jennifer and daughters Larissa and Lilly) who lives in Madison and is a teacher, and Emily Cade (husband Tanner and daughters Adeline and Ava) who lives in Hattiesburg and is a school speech pathologist.