New Teacher Profile: Mollie Blair

Ms. Mollie Blair grew up in Jackson and went to high school at Jackson Academy. There, she played basketball, volleyball, softball, and ran track. She graduated from JA in 2013 and went on to further her education and basketball career at Mississippi College.

Ms. Mollie Blair (center) talks to members of the junior high girls’ basketball team. Photo by Allie Wise.

Ms. Blair says that the people she met and the friendships she made through basketball was her favorite part. At MC, she majored in biology education, graduating in 2016. After college, she helped out with some of the JA girls basketball teams over the past summers.

Ms. Blair comes to Prep after coaching at Hartfield for one year. Now at Prep, she is very busy. She teaches 9th grade honors biology, coaches the Middle School volleyball team (6th, 7th, and 8th graders), is a co-head basketball coach with Ms. Amber Stack for the 7th and 8th grade girls, and is an assistant to Coach Michael McAnally for JV and Varsity Girls’ Basketball.

Ms. Blair says her favorite part about coaching is the “lightbulb moments.” Ms. Blair’s favorite thing about teaching biology is all the fun labs the class gets to do. She says she likes coaching better than teaching just because she grew up playing sports all the time. The biggest difference for Ms. Blair between coaching and playing is the frustration of being on the sideline and not out on the court.

In her free time, Ms. Blair enjoys playing with her dog Bodhi and watching Netflix with her roommate. Ms. Blair is most excited about getting to know a different group of girls here because she is around the girls’ age, allowing her to relate well.  “She is super fun and I can’t wait to get to know her better,” says Campbell Perkins, a sophomore on the girls varsity basketball team.