• A Message from Dr. Houghton

    Welcome to our exciting 2022-2023 school year.  I am excited about starting my eighth year as principal of Mannsdale Upper Elementary. This is our first year to be a School of Innovation. We are the only elementary school to hold that distinction in the State of Mississippi. This year we will continue celebrating Building Citizens of Excellence.  Over the past eight years, MUES has been committed to excellence in everything we do.  It is that excellence that has helped us become a School of Innovation and helped us maintain our A status as a school.

    This year we will continue looking at growth mindsets, raising our garden, building citizens of excellence, and practicing kindness. Thanks to the generosity of PTO, we will continue to offer STEAM classes on our Thursday rotation days. It is going to be a fun and exciting year.

    I have been married to my husband Corky for over thirty years.  We have three children and a newly added son-in-law, Haley, A.J., Chase, and Kelsey.  I enjoy traveling, reading, exercising, and hanging out with my family.
    I believe that reading is paramount in education and at home.  Reading to and with your children daily is one of the best activities to help increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills, so please read with your children as often as you can.  Please email me at dhoughton@madison-schools.com if you have any questions. 
    Mannsdale Upper adopted a Vision statement, a Mission statement, and a motto.  We feel that the mission, vision, and motto exemplify who we are and where we want to go in the future.

    Mannsdale Upper Elementary School will strive to maintain the highest standard of integrity while developing character, and preparing students academically, socially, emotionally, and physically to build a strong foundation for success in all aspects of life. We will provide an enriching education with high expectations in a safe environment, working in partnership with our families, our community, and every person that enters our school.


              Mannsdale Upper Elementary School is a learning community committed to building healthy minds, bodies, and character in a safe and caring environment.



    M- Motivating Minds 
    U- Uniting Communities 
    E - Establishing Character
    S - Strengthening Bodies 



    Debra Houghton, Ed. D.