Congratulations to Bobby Tittle
About Bobby Tittle:
Bobby Tittle began his teaching career in 1999 as Band Director at Carbon Hill High School. He then spent several years at Clay County High School before moving on to be the Assistant Principal at Talladega High School in 2007. Three years later, Mr. Tittle became the Principal at Talladega High School. His success there paved the way for him to become Principal at Ohatchee High School in 2012 and he currently is serving his second year as Principal at Cherokee County High School.
Mr. Tittle is excited and honored to be the new Vice-President Elect for AASSP. He has been a member of CLAS & AASSP for over 15 years. During that time he has served as a CLAS Board Member, AASSP District VI Vice-President, AASSP District VI President, and now the AASSP Vice-President Elect. CLAS & AASSP have been extremely helpful during his time as an administrator - the mentorship, professional development, and networking is a valuable resource that has been very beneficial.
Mr. Tittle was inducted into the Jacksonville State University School of Education Hall of Fame, awarded the AASSP Leadership Award, been the District VI Prinicpal of the Year, ACCESS Administrator of the Year, CLAS Banner School Recipient, and the AHSAA 3A Making A Difference Award. He holds an ED.S degree from Jacksonville State University.
He is a proud father of three children (Carson - 16, Cayce - 13, and Cannon - 8), and has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 17 years.
What I've Learned as a Mother, School Leader, and Colleague
My education journey—and being an educator—has been a true calling and blessing. However, the most precious moment has been my amazing little boy, Dorian. I tell you this because I want to talk about the Dorians you will have in your future classrooms and the impact you will have. Recently, I was in Washington, DC, representing Alabama as the Assistant Principal of the Year, and I heard a speaker say that regardless of where you teach, you will impact her children. You may never be my son’s teacher. However, your students will grow to be his community, maybe his boss, members of his extended family, his medical professionals, and so much more. Please carry this responsibility with great care and pride.
Today, I want to speak to you from three different perspectives that I know best: as a mother, as a school leader, and as a colleague.
Here are three things as a mother I want you to know:
- In the chairs of your classrooms, you have someone’s world sitting in them. When I drop Dorian off at school, I know he is in great care. So, know that as a mother, I trust you.
- I love hearing positive things about my child, even though I know that takes extra time. Take the time. Positive conversations help you build a relationship with parents and families, so when you have to have a more difficult conversation, there is already a strong positive foundation.
- I respect you as the expert in your classroom and support you. While ensuring the instruction is effective, please remember to make learning fun. Nothing is better than my son telling me about the fun he had at school. Little does he know, he was actually learning through an engaging activity, but he thinks it’s all fun!
As a school leader, here’s what I want you to know:
- As a teacher, you will be asked to do things you have learned while in college and some things that you will learn as you go. The work will be hard, and some days will be long. Always remember that nothing is more important than your mission and remaining true to your why.
- The students you will see every day are full of excitement and fear. Most will come ready to learn and a few will come who need to feel loved before they can learn. Teach with emotion. I need you to be excited and ready to teach all students. You have the change of the world sitting in your classroom.
- We live in a world of accountability. Don’t let the data intimidate you. Look at it as an opportunity for you to help your students grow. Continue to grow in your skills. Seek opportunities for feedback and support. Invite others into your classroom to watch your craft. Teaching is an art and a science. Great teachers can connect the two and create excitement for learning coupled with effective, evidence-based teaching.
As a colleague, here’s what I wish had known earlier in my career:
- Build your network—professionally and personally. Find a mentor in your building who you can ask the “silly” questions to, like how does the copier work?
- Be in control of your passion for the profession. Never lose sight of doing what is right for kids. You might hear negative comments regarding education, but you are in control of what influences your positivity and the impact that has on others. Be proud that you have the ability to impact our future. Always love students; they know if you are sincere.
- Give grace to yourself and others. Our work is hard, take time to reflect, and give grace when needed.
Go be great and make your impact on eternity. I need you, your students need you, and the world needs you.
Article originally published on nassp.org.
Mallory Kincaid Named 2023 Assistant Principal of the Year
Mrs. Mallory Kincaid, assistant principal at Auburn Junior High School in the Auburn City School System has been named the Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). As the Alabama state winner, Kincaid will represent Alabama in the 2022 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Assistant Principal of the Year selection process.
Kincaid has 16 years of experience in the field of education with 3 years experience as an assistant principal. She previously served as an instructional coach at Auburn Junior High School and in Russellville City Schools. From 2013-2015, she was an AMSTI specialist at the University of North Alabama.
The belief that “relationships are the foundation of leadership” has led to the building of a positive school culture and climate at Auburn Junior High School. Kincaid works to build relationships with all stakeholders. By supporting and encouraging teachers as well as ensuring students are academically, socially, and emotionally prepared, Kincaid has influenced the school culture in a way that has helped the school community to overcome hurdles such as teacher burnout, teacher retention, student performance, and overall morale.
Leading Auburn Junior High School through strategic planning has been one of Kincaid’s most instrumental achievements as an assistant principal. By engaging a group of stakeholders, a new school mission, vision, and five-year action plan was developed. The group worked collaboratively to create an intentional plan to move the school forward in teaching and learning, diversity, innovation and technology, and building relationships.
Pineapple Day is another program implemented by Kincaid which has been instrumental in providing powerful professional learning for teachers at Auburn Junior High School. Pineapples are the universal sign of welcome, and the program’s intent is to welcome peer teachers into classrooms to observe. Teachers who were once hesitant to invite peers to observe their classrooms are now excited to be pineapple hosts. This job-embedded professional learning has organically created a collaborative professional learning culture and enhanced teacher efficacy and morale.
A panel of judges selected Kincaid from numerous applicants across the state of Alabama. The surprise announcement was made at a staff Christmas luncheon for the faculty and staff at Auburn Junior High School. She will represent the state as Alabama’s nominee for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award sponsored by NASSP. Kincaid will also serve a one-year term on the AASSP Board of Directors as the Assistant Principal of the Year.
“Mallory Kincaid is the kind of assistant principal that is a true asset to the school and community she serves. Her ability to build relationships that not only influence school culture but also transform problems into opportunities for growth is a trait to be admired,” says Dr. Vic Wilson, AASSP Executive Director.
Tony Bonds Named 2023 Middle School Principal of the Year
Mr. Tony Bonds, principal of Russellville Middle School in the Russellville City School System, has been named the 2023 Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).
Bonds has served a total of 13 years in the field of education with the last 5 years in administration. He earned a master’s degree from Bethel University in 2014 and is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership at Liberty University. Bonds began his career as an educator and coach at West Carroll High School then at Henry County High School. In 2018, he transitioned to administration as the assistant principal at Russellville Middle School and was named principal in 2019.
The Middle School Principal of the Year Award was presented to Bonds on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at Russellville Middle School. Russellville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Grimes was in attendance for the presentation. Horace Mann sponsors this award annually. An office makeover will be provided by Interior Elements.
While growing up in Russellville, Mr. Bonds did not remain there. His experiences outside the Russellville area have given him a broader perspective and allowed him to bring many new ideas back to the school system. A product of the Russellville City School system, Bonds recognizes the continuous changes to the community while appreciating and honoring the rich culture and traditions that remain.
A commonsense approach to school leadership is what Bonds brought to Russellville Middle School. By adapting schedules to accommodate the large English Language Learner population, the school was able to increase the number of students meeting their ACCESS target scores by 20% in two years. The adaptation also allowed the school to refocus its efforts on math proficiency which was reflected on the school’s ACAP scores for 2021-2022.
School culture at Russellville Middle School has also been impacted by Bonds’ leadership. Teachers are now being coached during Coffee House Coaching rather than during their planning time. Using peer-reviewed common assessments, Bonds led the effort to develop collaborative teaching in grade levels and core content areas. Another focus area for Bonds was serving the community by including community members in enrichment activities as well as service projects.
Celebrating staff and students has also contributed to an increased sense of morale. Teachers receive brag boxes to celebrate their successes. It is not unusual for Bonds to surprise the teachers by providing a massage therapist for the day or by setting up a coffee bar with snacks and meals to show his appreciation. Students are rewarded with fun activities such as school dances and inflatable parties.
Bonds was chosen from three district finalists. Each finalist interviewed with a panel of judges at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November where the Middle School Principal of the Year was determined. The other finalists were Desaree Jackson, principal of Calera Middle School in the Shelby County School System, and Kyle Pinckard, principal of Boaz Middle School in the Boaz City School System.
“I am ecstatic that someone as deserving as Mr. Bonds is being recognized as the Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year. There is no one more deserving than Mr. Bonds. He is an amazing principal; a natural-born leader. He loves the students, loves the job, and loves Russellville. He has built a culture of support and collaboration and the love for him is obvious from teachers, staff, students, and community,” said Dr. Heath Grimes, Russellville City Schools superintendent.
“Congratulations to Tony Bonds on being named the Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year,” comments Dr. Vic Wilson, CLAS and AASSP executive director. “His dedication to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment for his students is truly inspiring. Well-deserved recognition for a leader who truly makes a difference.”
Bonds will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Convention on June 13, 2023, at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Ala. The CLAS Convention is the largest gathering of school leaders in the state of Alabama. He will also be recognized at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November 2023.
Daniel Barrentine Named 2023 High School Principal of the Year
Mr. Daniel Barrentine, principal of George W. Long High School in the Dale County School System, has been named 2023 Alabama High School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).
Barrentine has served a total of 16 years in the field of education with the last 10 years spent in education administration. Since July 2019, he has led George W. Long High School as the principal.
The High School Principal of the Year award was presented to Barrentine on Friday, January 13, 2023, at George W. Long High School in a schoolwide assembly. Dale County Superintendent Mr. Ben Baker was in attendance for the presentation. American Fidelity Assurance sponsors this award annually and Interior Elements grants an office makeover to the recipient.
One of Barrentine’s greatest accomplishments is the development of a high-expectations-driven environment at George W. Long High School. A collaborative effort between teachers, staff, students and community members, the culture of high expectations has created a positive impact throughout the school. ELA achievement increased dramatically with ACT and ACAP scores being in the top 30 in Alabama. The school continues to be in the top 5 in math achievement.
Barrentine is credited with developing an advisory block to focus on ACT preparation for students in grades 9-12. Each grade level is on a 3-week rotation ensuring they will receive instruction in ELA, math, and science in each 9-week grading period. Each group is determined by achievement, which allows instruction to meet students at their level. The advisory block has allowed students to learn test-taking strategies and expose students to the ACT at an earlier grade level while monitoring progress using practice tests throughout the year. Teachers also have opportunities to grow professionally without disrupting the flow of the normal school day.
Barrentine was chosen from three district finalists. Each finalist interviewed with a panel of judges at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November where the winner was determined. The other finalists were Antjuan Marsh, principal of Lee High School in Montgomery Public Schools, and Micah Smothers, principal of Addison High School in Winston County Schools.
“We are so excited for Mr. Barrentine to receive this honor. He does an outstanding job. He is an asset to this school and the community. He is just a great leader,” comments Dale County Schools Superintendent Mr. Ben Baker.
“It is no surprise to me that Daniel Barrentine was named Alabama’s High School Principal of the Year,” said CLAS and AASSP Executive Director Dr. Vic Wilson. “His leadership speaks of his commitment to ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education.”
Barrentine will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLAS Convention on June 13, 2023, at the Mobile Convention Center. The CLAS Convention is the largest gathering of school leaders in the state of Alabama. He will also be recognized at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November 2023.
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