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Lance D. Bolen became principal of Stone County Middle School on July 1, 2019 and is from Lucedale, MS. 


Prior to joining the Stone County School District, Mr. Bolen had educational administration experience as a principal, assistant principal, career-technical director and transportation director.  This is Mr. Bolen’s 22nd year in education and he looks forward to working with his teaching staff to continue to improve student engagement and performance in order to serve the students of Stone County. 


Mr. Bolen is of the belief that nothing matters more to a student than an effective teacher.  Currently, Mr. Bolen serves on the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Educators (MAMLE) Board of Directors. Recently, Mr. Bolen has served on the Mississippi Professional Educators’ (MPE) Graduate Scholarship Committee and has been a MPE building representative since 2013. Mr. Bolen is a member of the National and Mississippi Associations of Secondary School Principals (NASSP & MASSP).  He is also an active member in the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).


In his free time, Mr. Bolen enjoys baseball, football, and deer hunting.  Lance Bolen has been married to his wife Bridgett Bolen for 19 years and they have two children: Andin and Ella Kate.




2007-2008:       Additional Study toward Ed. D.           Argosy University-Sarasota

2004-2005:       Education Specialist (Ed. S.)                 Argosy University-Sarasota

2002-2003        Master of Arts (M. A. Ed.)                     Argosy University-Sarasota          

1997-1998        Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)                           University of Southern MS.

1995-1997        Associate of Arts (A.A.)                          Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.  




Tiffany Farmer, Assistant Principal

Tiffany Farmer is looking forward to another incredible school year in Stone County School District! She is excited to have the opportunity to work as an Assistant Principal at Stone Middle School where she will get the opportunity to work alongside talented teachers and staff members to have the opportunity to inspire and encourage students to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom!

Mrs. Farmer joined the Tomcat Nation in 2014. Prior to joining the Stone Middle School family, she was part of the Perkinston Elementary family, serving as the Lead Teacher for two years and an ELA teacher for three years.  Before getting the opportunity to be apart of the Tomcat family, she worked for George County at Lucedale Intermediate School as a fourth and fifth grade teacher for five years. In 2019, after serving ten years in education, she has joined Stone Middle School as Assistant Principal/Curriculum, and there is no other place she would rather be! She is super excited to be able to have the opportunity to work with the students, teachers, and parents at SMS!

Mrs. Farmer received her Administration Credential from William Carey University, along with her Masters in Educational Leadership as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Education which earned her Teaching Credential. She earned her Associate of Arts at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Mrs. Farmer is amazed by her students, colleagues, and families. She feels grateful to partner with such incredible people to help every child at Stone Middle School ignite their personal genius! Her favorite part of being an educator and leader is to be able to work with such a diverse group of students and teachers to help each realize their true purpose, potential, and possibilities! There is nothing better than seeing the hard work of a teacher and student pay off when…  all of the sudden, the student has a light bulb moment, and they say, “I got it!” These are the moments of why she feels she was called to serve as an educational teacher and leader.  

Outside of being a teacher and leader, Mrs. Farmer is married to her husband, Stevie Farmer, and they have two children:  Jewelee and Ethan. She enjoys spending time with her kids, four-wheeler riding, and watching and attending baseball games. Go Tomcats!

Colleen Hickman will be serving as an assistant principal at Stone Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year.  She is a lifelong resident of Stone County and a proud 1996 graduate of Stone High School.  She is very humbled by the opportunity to serve her community and desires to have a positive impact on those around her.


Mrs. Hickman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from William Carey University in 2000 as well as her Master of Education in 2001.  Her first teaching position was at Perkinston Elementary School during the 2000-2001 school year.  After teaching for three years at PES, Mrs. Hickman left the teaching profession for a time.  In January 2015, she once again became part of the Perkinston Elementary School family as an ELA teacher.  She received her Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from William Carey University in 2019.  She then served as Lead Teacher at Perkinston Elementary School for one year.  The 2020-2021 school year will be her first year to be a part of the Stone Middle School family.


Mrs. Hickman has been married to her husband, Gary Hickman, for 18 years, and they have four children - Maggie, Tyler, Luke, and Jarret.  In her free time, Mrs. Hickman enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and listening to music.  She is looking forward to a wonderful school year!  #T4L