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Mrs. Penny Barnes

I am a native of Collins, MS. I attended Collins High School and Alcorn State University (Home of the Braves)! I received my Masters and Specialist degree from William Carey University, where I am currently in pursuit of my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. I have lived in Petal for the past 15 years. I love children and helping others succeed or achieve their goals. Prior to working at Petal High School, I served in various  roles in Hattiesburg Public Schools, such as teacher, counselor, and assistant principal. I have received teacher of the year and the American Star of Teaching Award. I also work at Petal Education Center. I am proud to be a part of Panther Nation!

I love to read, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. 

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." Marian Wright Edelman


Penny Barnes

Professional School Counselor (P-Z)
Petal High School
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