About Us


A focus on student achievement, effective classroom instruction, high standards and expectations for students, an orderly and secure climate for learning, strong leadership, and a shared vision about educational purpose among our staff.


Pursuing high standards of academic excellence; discovering the joy of learning; demonstrating courage, integrity and a commitment to ethical behavior; developing a sense of commitment to purposes larger than ourselves.


We want our students to thrive in this world. Their educational experience is a crucial time of growth and self-discovery. As educators, our challenge is to continue to enhance our program today so that our students are prepared to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment tomorrow.

A Message From Our Head of School

To all of our families,

     Welcome back to another exciting school year at Briarfield Academy.  We worked hard this summer to ensure that this year will be a memorable one for all of our students. This year is full of positive change as we continue to innovate and evolve in order to become a greater fixture in our area.

     Our goal is to create a growth mindset in the community and to continue looking to the future by enhancing the learning of our students. The faculty and staff here at Briarfield Academy are eager to work with our students and their families as we strive to make everyone’s learning experience a meaningful and long-lasting one.

     I am looking forward to meeting all of you and thank you for your continued support of Briarfield Academy.


Mr. Daniel Stanley, M.Ed
Head of School

Mr. Daniel Stanley and his family
Our History

From the 1970 Briarpatch yearbook:

       Briarfield Academy, only a vision in July, 1969, is the product of the love and devotion of our parents and friends. The foundation, walls, and roof are all parts of a joint community effort. Our fathers and brothers came at “quitting time” to contribute their bits of sawing, nailing, and painting. Our mothers and sisters swept, cleaned, and encouraged. And then, in September, 1969, our unyielding ambitions and zealous work produced a novelty in East Carroll Parish. Briarfield Academy had become a wonderful reality.

Edward J. Fly

First Principal

Carpentry work in one of the classrooms

The vision turning into a reality

Our Incredible Faculty and Staff

has a combined 375 years of educational experience

Elementary Staff
Tara Bailey


Corey Holt


Shelia Howard

1st Grade

Melvin Jean Whatley

2nd Grade

Lyda Rawls

3rd Grade

Rachel Frith

4th Grade

Pat Turner

5th Grade

Tisha Parker

6th Grade

Secondary Staff
Emily Batton

Science, Spanish

Leslee Gallant

Counselor, Art

Will Jackson

Social Studies, Athletics

Toni Lee


Jeanette Martin

Math, History, Science

Cherie Morara

PE, Athletics

Kristen Stone

English, Science, History

Lynn Thom


Beau Travis

Athletics, Dean of Students

Lisa Walters

Computer Applications, Keyboarding, Tech

Support Staff
Belinda Jordan

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Holt

Administrative Assistant

Angie Hammonds


Marilyn McDaniel


Tina Hutchinson

Cafeteria Manager

Lindsey Hankins


Dorothy Kelly