Meet the CHES Principal


Mrs. Kristy Hale


It is sincerely an honor to serve as the principal of Center Hill Elementary, a school that holds a special place in my heart. It is my desire to carry on with the traditions of the school and pursue an increased level of academic achievement. Our mission is to instill a lifelong love of learning in a safe yet challenging, loving environment that encourages self-discovery and academic excellence. My philosophy of education is centered upon building and developing positive relationships with students, parents, and the community. As we foster these relationships, the teachers and staff will focus on providing a variety of educational experiences that promote student growth and learning throughout the year. The staff and I are looking forward to a productive and rewarding school year with the most wonderful students in America.



I graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999 with a degree in English Education. I received my gifted certification from the University of Mississippi and my Pre-AP and AP certifications from the University of Arkansas and the University of Mississippi. I previously taught Pre-AP English at Tupelo High School and AP Gifted English Literature and Composition at Horn Lake High School. I completed my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2012. I served as the Assistant Principal of Center Hill Elementary from 2012-2020. I am married to Harold Hale, also an administrator in the district, and we have two sons, Kasdin and Trapper. It is a great blessing to be the principal of Center Hill Elementary School. Go Mustangs!

Holly Alexander

Holly Alexander

Assistant Principal

I am blessed to be a part of the Center Hill Elementary family serving as the Assistant Principal. I am originally from Canyon, Texas a little town outside of Amarillo, Texas. I attended Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist University for my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and graduated in 2006. I received my graduate degree from The University of Mississippi in Educational Leadership in 2016. I began my career in Desoto County at Southaven Elementary School. I have taught kindergarten, been a librarian, and served as a testing coordinator. I was honored to be named the Desoto County Teacher of the year in 2012. I have served as an Assistant Principal at Southaven Intermediate as well as Hernando Hills Elementary.