• Dr. Melissa Philley



    Welcome to Madison Avenue Elementary

    I am so happy to be a part of the wonderful team of teachers, staff members, students and parents here at Madison Avenue Elementary. It's going to be a great year! 

    About Dr. Philley

    Dr. Philley photo Dr. Melissa Philley has a Ph.D. and Ed.S. in curriculum instruction. Before serving as MAE's lead principal, she worked in Madison County as the principal at ASE, a teacher and as an at-risk strategist. In fact, she was the at-risk strategist at Madison Avenue prior to moving to ASE. She has also served in the Oxford School District as a teacher.

    Dr. Philley has earned several educational certifications, including an administration certification, National Board Certification and a gifted education certification. She was named a Distinguished Principal by the National Institute of School Leaders and was selected as Mississippi's 2018 Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

    Dr. Philley and her husband Benjamin have two daughters, Libby Lane and Layla.  They also have five pets; a dachshund named Crackle, a Yorkie named Willow, two cats named Goldie Rose and Pebbles, and a black lab named Chief. Her favorite hobby is reading. She and her family love Ole Miss and "Groving" with their friends.  They are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church.