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About Our Principals

MES K-2 Principal, MaryLynn Crotwell

MES 3-4 Principal, Letonia Johnson

Mrs. CrotwellBorn and raised in Morton, Mrs. MaryLynn Crotwell is honored to serve as the K-2 Principal in the very school she attended as an elementary student.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree from American Public University in Educational Leadership.  Her first year at Morton Elementary, Mrs. Crotwell was named the 2017-2018 Scott County School District Elementary Administrator of the Year.


Mrs. Crotwell and her husband, Tim, have been married for 26 years.  They have three children - Levi, Elizabeth, and Jonathan. Living in Morton, the Crotwell family is involved in community activities and are active members of Church of the King.


Mrs. Crotwell is frequently overheard quoting Pete the Cat, “It’s all good.”  She encourages all at Morton Elementary School to strive to show kindness and reach to be the BEST!




















Letonia JohnsonDr. Letonia Johnson is a native of Utica, MS where she attended Mixon Elementary School, Utica Jr. High School, and Hinds County Agricultural High School graduating 3rd in her class. As a first generation college student, she attended Tougaloo College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After initially pursuing a law degree, fate would have it that she would enter the realm of Education as she joined the Morton Community in 1999. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at Morton Elementary, and later became a teacher at Alpha and Omega Academy teaching grades pre-K through 10th grade. During this time, Dr. Johnson attended Jackson State University and received her Master of Arts in Teaching English which certified her to teach English and Social Studies. In 2006, she became a teacher at Morton High School teaching English, Consumer Science and Family Health, and Theater. Morton High School was her home away from home for 6 years as she worked to prepare students for college and their chosen careers. In 2011, Dr. Johnson received an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College providing her with certification in administration. In 2012, she was appointed as the assistant principal of Bettye Mae Jack Middle School, and was later appointed principal. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Johnson was appointed as the principal of Morton Upper Elementary (3rd and 4th grade). During her tutelage, she has worked tirelessly to help increase reading and math proficiency for 3rd and 4th graders, and she continues to do so today. She was named as the Scott County School District Administrator of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. She received her doctorate degree from Mississippi College in 2019, and she continues to push herself beyond her limits in an effort to improve her own capabilities so that she can assist in the improvement of teacher and student performance. 

Dr. Johnson is a mother of one step-son, Marcus, Jr., and a mother-figure to many of her current and former students in the community. She and her husband, Marcus, Sr., have been married for almost 19 years. Since moving to Morton, she has been a member of the Pleasant Gift M.B. Church in the Branch community where she has served as a deaconess, usher, praise team director, youth director, and Sunday school and Bible school teacher. Her hobbies include 
travelling and spending time with her nieces and nephews whenever she can. 

Dr. Johnson lives by the mantra, “Good and good enough are never acceptable when you have Greatness living inside you.”