Pathways to Excellence
A Monthly Newsletter from Shelby County Schools
Board of Education Elects President and Vice President
13th Annual Taste of Shelby County Event Held at Inverness Country Club
Amanda Hamm Named Principal of Inverness Elementary
Amanda Hamm will serve as the next principal at Inverness Elementary School after being approved on November 18 by the Shelby County Board of Education. Hamm has ten years of experience in education and most recently served as the assistant principal at Inverness Elementary School. She started her career in education as a kindergarten teacher and also worked as an Instructional Coach for Shelby County Schools.
Hamm earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Alabama, certification in Instructional Leadership from the University of Montevallo, and an Education Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Alabama.
Mt Laurel Elementary is one of five schools from Alabama that were honored as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021. To view the entire ceremony click below:
Mary Hall Honored with Counseling Award
Founded in 1966, the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) is an organization of counseling professionals who work in education, health care, residential, private practice, community agencies, government, and business/industry settings. Serving as a dynamic network of professional counselors in the State of Alabama, ALCA is devoted to professional development and maintenance of high standards for those involved in the counseling profession.
April Brand and Larry Haynes Honored By Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals
April Brand, who served six years as principal at Helena High School before recently being named the district’s Coordinator of Secondary Education, was honored as the High School Principal of the Year for District 5.
Dr. Larry Haynes, who serves as the principal at Oak Mountain Middle School, was honored as the Middle School Principal of the Year for District 5. Haynes, who has served as principal at OMMS for 17 years, is also a finalist for the overall state award, which will be announced in the spring.
“Congratulations to two outstanding school leaders, April Brand, and Larry Haynes, on your recognition as Principals of the Year,” said Dr. Lewis Brooks, Superintendent of Education. “Shelby County Schools is proud of your commitment to excellence in education and leadership.”