Panther Administration


Dr. Kasandra King, Principal

Dr. King is a native of Cordele, Georgia and a proud 1986 graduate of Crisp County High School. After serving in the United States Army, she went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Troy University and began teaching in the Liberty County School system (Hinesville, GA) as a fourth grade teacher where she taught for three years before becoming a part of the Houston County School system. She taught at Centerville Elementary for six years before transitioning to the position of Assistant Principal of Discipline at Morningside and Tucker Elementary for three years. She then served as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Morningside for four years.

She has been married to Bernard, her high school sweetheart for 34 years. Their quiver is running over with three sons, daughter-in-laws, and twelve grandchildren.

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Tonya Barfield, Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mrs. Barfield was born and raised in Houston County. After graduating from Warner Robins High School, she received an Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Macon State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia College.  She later attended both Mercer University and Columbus State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.   

A product of the Houston County School System, Mrs. Barfield returned home to begin her teaching career.  Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Barfield spent twenty-one years as an elementary school teacher at both Lindsey Elementary and David A. Perdue Elementary.  In 2015, Mrs. Barfield became the Assistant Principal of Discipline at Morningside Elementary and Tucker Elementary. She currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Morningside Elementary.  

Mrs. Barfield resides in Houston County with her husband and two sons.  

Assistant Principal of Discipline

Yolanda Felder, Assistant Principal of Discipline

Mrs. Yolanda Felder joined the Morningside Administration Team in 2023.  Prior to becoming an administrator, she taught math at Morningside and has more than 20 years in education. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University.

Mrs. Felder is married and has two children. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling, fitness, and spending quality time with her family. She believes every child is capable of success with no exceptions. She is passionate about seeing students learn and expand their knowledge.