Principal's Message

Detrice Bean-Williams


Hello my name Detrice Bean-Williams, I’m the principal of Ashland Elementary School. I am a native of Benton County. I graduated from Ashland High School. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and my Master’s from the University of Phoenix. I started my teaching career at Ashland Elementary in August 2012. I have taught 5th grade science, social studies, and special education K-12. I served as Ashland High School’s Assistant Principal from 2020-2022. I became the Principal of Ashland Elementary, in February 2022.
I am the wife of Monterrio Williams, and mother of 4 beautiful children Harmony, Allen, Meleah, and Monterrio Williams Jr. Our family loves to travel and we spend most of our time at the gym. My husband coaches middle and high school basketball. My oldest three children play basketball.
I am excited about this school year and new opportunities. I look forward to serving my staff, students, parents, and community. 
Joshua Griggs

Assistant Principal

Hello all, I am Joshua Griggs and I am the Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach for Ashland High School and Ashland Elementary School.
I hold an Educational Specialist degree in Administration, a Masters of the Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of the Arts in Elementary Education. I have taught ELA and Social Studies from grades 4th-7th. I have been in education for nine years and am looking forward to helping the Ashland Schools and Benton County Schools reach excellence. 

My family consists of my wife, Katyln Griggs, and my daughter, Isabella Griggs (9). My wife is a kindergarten teacher and my daughter is in the third grade. As a family, we love to travel, spend time on the beach, and watch Isabella perform in pageants. 

My educational philosophy is as follows: “I believe every student has unique abilities, and untapped potential, and can become a successful learner.” I hope they make this school an awesome experience and am excited in helping our Ashland students reach their full potential.