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MMS welcomes new teachers like MCHS’ Whitney Horton

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Monday marked the start of the second year of classes for Millington Municipal School students. Children from across the area attended Millington Central High School, Millington Middle School, E.A. Harrold Elementary and Millington Elementary.

Monday marked the start of the second year of classes for Millington Municipal School students. Children from across the area attended Millington Central High School, Millington Middle School, E.A. Harrold Elementary and Millington Elementary.

Whitney Horton

Whitney Horton

August has traditions like hot weather and back-to-school rituals.
Sometimes part of going back to school includes changing venues. Not only do students arrive to a new school but some educators make a change.
Among the new instructors to the Millington Municipal Schools family for the 2015-16 school year is Whitney Horton.
Horton will be a part of the Millington Central High School staff as a Lifetime Wellness teacher and Lady Trojan Softball coach. Coming from Fayetteville playing ball for the Lincoln County Lady Falcons, Horton was a little nervous making the transition to Millington.
“It’s a great experience,” she said last week. “It’s so much like my hometown, friendly people. I’ve grown to know with all the teachers here, it’s like a family. I love it. They make me feel at home. That was one thing I was scared about coming here. Definitely has fulfilled my expectations being a close group here at Millington Central.”
Helping with her transition to Millington and her new team has been the exiting head coach of the Lady Trojans Rick Hearn.
For more than a decade Hearn led Millington Softball. During his tenure as skipper the Lady Trojans reached several Regionals, won the 2005 District 14-3A Tournament title, signed Division I players like Ashley Benbow and had countless girls play at the college level. Among those players to reach college softball were Jasmine Scudder, Brittney Davis, Ariel Trice, Casey Tarwater and Hearn’s daughters Emily and Lauren.
“I want to carry it on,” Horton said. “Speaking of Coach Hearn, he’s always there if I need help. He’s going to be there at my back ear if I need him helping me with whatever I need help with being a first-year coach. I want to continue his traditions but also make my own.”
Horton, 28, arrives to Millington with college softball experience of her own playing at Athens State University in Alabama. From T-ball to college-level softball, Horton said it takes a strong mindset to win.
“I want the girls to play championship level every game and every practice,” she said. “I want them to approach games with that mentality on their own. Also I want them to instill the things Coach Hearn has taught them and embrace some of the things I’ve learned in college.
“I know they expect great things and that’s what I plan to do for them,” Horton added. “I know it won’t be overnight. Like Butch Jones says at Tennessee, ‘It’s going to be brick by brick.’ That’s what I plan to do.”
Like the Tennessee Volunteers head football coach, Horton wants to make her presence felt on the field on defense.
“I feel like the big thing in softball is defense,”she said. “You have a great defense and a not-so great pitcher, your defense will be there to back her up. We’re going to be hitters. We’re definitely going to be hitters. That was my thing when I played. We’re going to hit the ball.”
Horton knows hitting but she admits she has a lot to learn about the black and gold of Millington. And like a new student, she will spend some time walking the halls and greeting new faces.
“At first I want to get to know my players,” she said. “I don’t know anything about them, I haven’t even met them yet. So hopefully I’ll get to meet them next week. We’ll do a meeting with them and get to know their parents.
“I want to know what the girls expect out of this year,” Horton concluded. “What they want to accomplish so we can set goals.”

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