Superintendent excited about upcoming year
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School superintendent Jon Campbell said he’s excited about the upcoming year and additions made to the already outstanding faculty.

“This year, as in prior years, we have selected what we feel are some of the best and brightest candidates for our vacancies,” he said. “These new faces, along with our high quality veteran teachers, will ensure our continuity of high academic standards in the Jacksonville City School System.”

Kitty Stone has an enrollment of 810, and Jacksonville High has an enrollment of 726. These numbers could change as students enroll or withdraw.

JHS will have a new principal, and there will be a new secretary in the superintendent’s office when school opens Aug. 19.

Rick Carter,

a Chipley, Fla., native will fill the principal’s seat at JHS. He and his wife, Shannon, have four children. Sarah is 4 months old, Katelyn is 4 years old, Helen is 9 and Megan is 18.

Carter has bachelor’s, master’s, and Ed.S. degrees from Jacksonville State University. He’s currently working on an Ed.D. degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville. He’s been principal at Wellborn High, Cleburne County, Oxford High and Talladega High schools.

Jacksonville native Lisa Townsend, who now lives in Glencoe, has been hired as a secretary to the superintendent. She and her husband, Tony, have a daughter, Megan Henson, and a grandson, Sawyer Henson, 11 months old. She is a graduate of Alexandria High School.


Amanda Carey Arnold-Kiser

will teach special education. She resides in Piedmont with her husband, Derek Kiser. She is a graduate of Saks High and JSU where she received a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in special education.

Jessica Blount

will teach pre-K. Both her “children” (dogs) are girls, Sadie and Stormie. She graduated from JHS in 2009 and JSU in 2013 with a degree in early childhood and elementary education.

Jessica Cathenne Chambless

, a Ohatchee native, will teach pre-K. She and her husband have two children, Jacob Ryan and Millie Kate. She received a bachelor’s in early childhood and elementary education from JSU last fall.

Courtney L. Christopher

, a native of Woburn, Mass., will teach pre-K. She and her husband, Bradley have a 1-year-old daughter, Caroline. She received bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and early childhood education from JSU last year. She previously served as an instructional assistant at Kitty Stone.

Jessica Crow Kadle

will teach kindergarten. She and her husband, David, have a daughter, Elizabeth, 9, and a son, Jack, 5. She is a native of Saks. She received a bachelor’s in elementary education from JSU in 2000 and will have a master’s in education in December. She taught in Calhoun County schools from 2001-04 and then was a stay-at-home mom until last year. She returned to the classroom last fall. This is her second year to teach kindergarten at Kitty Stone. She was actually hired the first week of school last year. She is AMSTI trained in math.

Aimee Weathers

will teach pre-K. A native of Columbus, Miss., she and her husband, Carlton, have four children. Hannah Grace is 11, Noah is 8, Lily is 7 and Hope is 3. She received a bachelor’s in elementary education and early childhood from the University of West Alabama and was magna cum laude at the University of West Alabama in 2000. She received a master’s in elementary education from JSU in 2003. She taught first grade at Stemley Elementary in Talladega from 2000-01 and at Saks Elementary from 2001-04. She was a private tutor in algebra and reading from 2004-13 and taught in the pre-K part-time program at Kitty Stone in 2012-13.

Brandy DuHon Willingham

will teach kindergarten. She is a native of Jacksonville. She and her husband, Jason Ray, have two children, Kamden, 5, and Kinlyn, 3. She graduated from JHS in 1996 and received a bachelor’s in elementary education from JSU in 2003. She taught third and fourth grades at Ohatchee Elementary from 2003-10 and kindergarten at Kitty Stone last year. She is Highly Qualified in the AL Reading Initiative (ARI) in Alabama; reading and math (AMSTI), CORE Academy, Challenged Based Learning and is currently working on a master’s in elementary education, digital initiative training.


Tres Buzan

will teach Algebra I in eighth grade. He is a native of Anniston and is engaged to Haley Henderson. He graduated from JHS in 2007 and JSU in 2012. He is currently working on a master’s of education degree at JSU. He previously coached football and basketball at Weaver High.

Amanda McCoy Hannah

will teach 11th grade English. She is a native of Hokes Bluff. She is married to Chad Hannah and has a bachelor’s in English and a minor in music as well as a master’s in secondary education from JSU. She previously taught 13 years at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Her areas of special training include International Baccalaureate.

Robert Chad Hannah

will work in access classes and help with band. He is a native of Ragland and is married to Amanda Hannah. He has a bachelor’s in music education and has worked 15 years as a band director.

Kathy Ann Watson

will teach eighth grade special education/MSLE (reading). She resides in Golden Springs and is a native of Ozark in Dale County. She and her husband, Cliff, have two sons. Ben, 29, and his wife, Sara, have two daughters, Caroline, 5, and Charlie Claire, 2. Their son Spencer is 22. She has a bachelor’s from Troy and a master’s from JSU in special education. She is entering her 17th year of teaching. She has taught in the Oxford City School System as well as the counties of Dale, Shelby, Cleburne and Calhoun. She has special education (inclusion), Multisensory Structured Language Education completion of two years of training and is currently at therapy level with Shelton Academy in Dallas, and MSLE for dyslexia students and said she’s excited about starting this program at JSU. “My husband’s job has created many changes in moving,” she said. “But I have been blessed with wonderful mentors throughout the years who have added great experiences.”
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