Pearl River County School District Appoints John Shows as Superintendent

Published 8:58 am Monday, December 5, 2022

By the Pearl River Central School District

John Shows, who currently serves as the principal of West Lincoln Attendance Center (K-12), has been
appointed as the new superintendent of Pearl River County School District. The appointment of Mr.
Shows came after a search process conducted by the Mississippi School Boards Association. The board
selected Mr. Shows after narrowing the list from 11 applicants to three finalists who were interviewed by
the board.

“During the search process, the board members remained focused on the criteria defined by the board
and the stakeholder groups,” said Jerry Frazier, PRCSD Board President. We have chosen a leader who
has a track record of success at both the elementary and secondary levels. His experience indicates that
he believes in developing strong relationships with all stakeholder groups and in an effective communica
tion strategy which involves both informing and listening.”

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Mr. Shows has 22 years of experience in education, which includes serving as a teacher, coach, assistant
principal, and principal. He began his career in DeSoto County School District as a teacher in 1999. He
was a teacher and coach at Morton High School and at Mendenhall Jr. High School. He was an assistant
principal and principal in the Tate County School District for seven years. While working there, he was
selected as Administrator of the Year in 2013 and 2015. He then served as a principal in the Senatobia
School District for one year before becoming principal of West Lincoln Attendance Center in Brookhaven
in 2016.

In his capacity as principal, his school was the highest performing in Tate County from 2011 – 2015 and in
Lincoln County from 2016 – 2021. West Lincoln Attendance Center had an accountability rating of A for
the 2021-2022 school year. He is a proponent of data-driven and student-focused decision-making, Pro
fessional Learning Communities, goal setting through strategic planning, and a strong teacher evaluation

Mr. Shows is also familiar with the work of boards. He served as a board member and president of the
board in the Simpson County School District and is currently serving as a member of the Co-Lin Board of

He is a graduate of Magee High School, where he was valedictorian. He received his B.A. degree in His
tory from Belhaven University and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Mis

Mr. Shows and his wife, Arina, have one daughter, Angelina, who is a freshman business major at Co-Lin
Jr. College where she plays soccer. He also has a personal connection with Pearl River County. His
mother was born in Poplarville, MS and he has a sister who lives in Purvis, MS.

Mr. Shows said of his appointment, “As a lifelong educator in Mississippi, I am excited about the opportu
nity to serve as the new superintendent in the Pearl River County School District. The district has a tradi
tion of excellence in academics as well as athletics and extracurricular activities. It has a great group of
students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents, whom I look forward to meeting. My goal is ‘to cre
ate an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential today, tomorrow, and in the future’,

which is the district’s vision and is reflected in the district’s academic performance during the 2021-22
school year. I look forward to working with our board members, district leaders, administrators, and
teachers to build upon this strong foundation of excellence in education.”

Mr. Shows will assume his leadership position as superintendent of the Pearl River County School District
on January 1, 2023