Principal's Corner

Ms. Renee Triplett, Principal

Ms. Renee Triplett



Ms. Triplett is originally from Alabama but has lived in the Desoto county area since 1995.  She received her BS from the University of South Alabama and her Master's degree from Freed Hardeman University.  Ms. Triplett taught for six years before stepping into the role of an administrator.  Ms. Triplett has served as the principal of Hernando Elementary since 2010.  She has two daughters, Laura, who is a teacher for DCS, and Amie, who will graduate from Mississippi State this fall and will pursue her desire to work as a teacher as well.  Ms. Triplett's family is steeped deeply in the field of education, both her father and grandfather served as administrators.  Her mother, grandmother, and sister were/are all teachers as well as a host of other family members who work in the field of education.  Ms. Triplett enjoys SEC football, especially the Auburn Tigers.  She is an avid walker and enjoys reading suspense thrillers such as John Grisham and James Patterson.  Her favorite activity is spending time with family and taking road trips.  She states, "When your child walks through the doors of Hernando Elementary, they become part of the Hernando Elementary Tiger Cub Family, ALL IN!  Once a Tiger Cub, always a Tiger CUB!"

Mr. Scott Nichols, Asst. Principal

Mr. Scott Nichols, Assistant Principal

Hello everyone!! My name is Scott Nichols, and I am extremely excited to be a part of Hernando Elementary. I am originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas and graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor's in education and a master's in educational leadership. During my time at ASU, I was a member of the golf team for 3 ½ years. This will be my 19th year in education, I have taught in Texas (4 years), Arkansas (12 years), and Mississippi (2 years). I started my teaching career as a K-5 PE teacher and loved every minute of it! I also spent my time in the classroom teaching history/geography at the middle school level. Before coming to Desoto County schools two years ago I was an Asst. Principal for four years at the K-2 level. I spent 12 years coaching about every sport offered, but my main sport was girls' basketball.

My wife Kim and I got married October 2022 and have been together for about 4 years. We have four kids between us, Alyssa (SPED teacher in Arkansas), Savannah (senior in college), Nicholas (just graduated from Northwest HVAC program), and Sophie who will be a sophomore at Hernando High. I enjoy playing golf, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

I am blessed to be a part of the Tiger Cub family and look forward to working with the faculty, families and students of this great school!! Go Tigers!!