Administrative Team

Dr. Crystal Robinson, Principal

Dr. Crystal Robinson, Principal



Greetings Eagle Family! I am very honored to serve the Horn Lake community as the principal of HLIS. I have been an educator in DeSoto County Schools for 15 years with 12 of those years as a classroom teacher for Horn Lake area schools. In addition to my years in the classroom, I served as an assistant principal for Lake Cormorant Middle School. I am very excited to be back home to proudly wear maroon and white!

At HLIS, we are dedicated to nurturing each child as a whole. We strive to provide a positive social and emotional environment where every child feels safe, supported, and cared for. It is our goal to challenge each child academically and help them grow and discover their talents and potential. We want to see our students become the very best versions of themselves! We look forward to working with our parents and community to help our Eagles soar! The expectations are high, but with the village working together… our students will raise the bar. #TeamDCS

Eagle Pride,
Dr. Crystal Bland Robinson


Dr. Robinson is a 1998 graduate of Charleston High School in Charleston, MS. She received her B.A. from The University of Mississippi in 2002, M.S. from Walden University in 2008, Ed.S. from Arkansas State University in 2017, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Teacher Leadership from Freed-Hardeman University in 2019. She is licensed in the state of MS to teach Math (7-8), Math (7-12), English (7-12), Social Studies (7-12), and Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12).

She has taught special education, 7th & 8th grade mathematics, and Algebra I for DeSoto County Schools. She is married to Mr. Deljuan Robinson, and they have three daughters, Caylar, Charlotte, and Corinne.

Assistant Principals

Quintarius Gaines, Asst. Principal

Mr. Gaines, Asst. Principal
I am married to Tina Gaines who is a teacher at Lake Cormorant Middle School. I am a father to 6 children and 3 grandkids. This is my first year as an assistant principal here at Horn Lake Intermediate School. My career started at Lake Cormorant Middle School in 2007. I taught 7th and 8th grade math for 8 years until I began teaching PE in 2015. I also served as the head football, boys/girls’ basketball, soccer, and track coach while teaching at Lake Cormorant Middle School. In 2018 I was selected as teacher of the year for Lake Cormorant Middle.
I am a high school graduate of Simmons High class of 1999. I have an associate degree from Mississippi Delta Community College (Heating /Air) and Northwest Community College (General Education). I received a B.S. from the University of Mississippi in 2007 (Elementary Education) and a M.S. from Arkansas State University in 2018 (Educational Leadership).
“Nothing is given to anyone, you have to earn everything in life”.

Josh Russell, Asst. Principal

Josh Russell
My name is Joshua Russell and I have been serving as an educator in Desoto County since 2002.  I graduated from Southaven High School in 1997 and from Mississippi State University in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 2015, I received a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. 
My teaching experience began at DeSoto Central Middle School in 2002 where I taught primarily 6th grade math and science. In 2011, I moved to Hernando Middle School so that I could be closer my home.  I have been with Horn Lake Intermediate for two years as an assistant principal.  I live with my wife, Leslie and three children (Garrison-9, Ellis-4, and Simon-4) in Coldwater, MS.
Our goal at HLIS is to challenge students academically, support them socially and emotionally, and provide them with the tools necessary to become future leaders! 
Please follow us on Twitter @TweetDCS_HLIS and on Facebook @HornLakeIntermediateSchool. Do not hesitate to call me at the school if you have any questions or concerns! "As great leaders, together we will soar!."

Tobie Pillstrom, Asst. Principal

Closeup of Mrs. Pillstrom

My name is Tobie Edwards Pillstrom, and I am excited to return HOME as the newest Eagle at HLIS. I am a 1993 graduate from Horn Lake High School. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Arkansas Tech University. After college, I spent many years reporting, anchoring, and producing the news in Northwest Arkansas. In 2002, I moved back to Mississippi to be closer to family. I began my teaching career in 2007 teaching 9th grade ELA at HLHS. In 2011, I became a Jaguar and taught 8th grade ELA at DCMS, and in 2017, I joined HHS to teach Accelerated ELA and ACT prep. During my time at HHS, I coached the Speech and Debate team. I also received ACT Certified Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator endorsements. I received a Masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2019.

I am married to Tony and we have three children: Brady, a sophomore meteorology major at MSU; Kaden, a sophomore who is on the swim and baseball teams at HHS; and Lynleigh, a sixth grade member of the Hernando Band.

“One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt