Willie Price Lab School

WHAT WE DO

At Willie Price Lab School, we cultivate a dynamic learning environment where we foster curiosity, encourage creativity, and instill a lifelong love for learning. Through a personalized approach and a play-based curriculum, we are dedicated to nurturing each child's unique potential, creating a vibrant community that inspires exploration and sets the foundation for a bright future

Application for Admission

Admission applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now open. We will begin notifying families of their placement mid-January 2024.

We Are Willie Price

Our nurturing environment, dedicated educators, and creative curriculum make every day an exciting adventure for your child's learning journey. Join us for laughter, discovery, and a strong foundation for lifelong learning!
Students playing in the playground
Students sitting in a class

Growing and Learning through Play

5K friends work together to complete a puzzle and celebrate their ABC parade on the steps of Guyton Hall. Play-based learning at Willie Price fosters holistic development, enhances executive function and self-regulation skills, promotes curiosity, exploration, and creativity, strengthens social connections, boosts academic skills, and encourages guided play. It’s a crucial approach for comprehensive child development.

Students playing in playground

Playground Pals

Friends enjoy a pretty day on the playground. This outdoor time helps promote physical health, encourages scientific exploration, enhances social interaction, strengthens connection to nature, and ensures safety. It’s a vital part of a child’s development and always a fun time for our students.

Willie Price Lab School has been educating children for more than 43 years. The School is located on the campus of The University of Mississippi. It is operated by the School of Education and is licensed by the Mississippi Department of Health.

WPLS provides practical experiences for students enrolled in child development and related courses taught through the University as well as an on-site location for faculty and student research. The school is open to preschool children from the University and the surrounding community.

Leadership

Meet our passionate team, where dedicated educators create an enriching and supportive environment, fostering a lifelong love for learning through their commitment and expertise.
Alyce Krouse

Alyce Krouse

  • Director of Willie Price
Laura Kessinger

Laura Kessinger

  • Assistant Director of Willie Price
Kaytee Hazlewood

Kaytee Hazlewood

  • Administrative Coordinator
Rollie Carson

Rollie Carson

  • Lab School Teacher - Willie Price
Alden Low

Alden Low

  • Lab School Teacher
Gin-Gin Carlton

Gin-Gin Carlton

  • Lab School Teacher
Chelsea Walters

Chelsea Walters

  • Lab School Teacher- Willie Price
Sarah Siebert

Sarah Siebert

  • Lab School Teacher
Betsy Scott

Betsy Scott

  • Lab School Teacher
Melissa Balkin

Melissa Balkin

  • Lab School Teacher

Teaching Assistants

Meet our Teaching Assistants!
Mary Provence

Mary Provence

  • Teaching Assistant
Amelia Palmer

Amelia Palmer

  • Teaching Assistant
Joy Meek

Joy Meek

  • Teaching Assistant
Erin Levidiotis

Erin Levidiotis

  • Teaching Assistant
Stacy Hargett

Stacy Hargett

  • Teaching Assistant
Katelyn Carney

Katelyn Carney

  • Teaching Assistant
Kate Anyidoho

Kate Anyidoho

  • Teaching Assistant