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Sylacauga City Schools introduces new staff members for 2023-24 academic year


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – As the new 2023-24 academic year approaches, the Sylacauga City School system has announced the newest additions to its staff.

At Indian Valley Elementary, the kindergarten department will see the arrival of Tonya Hendrix and Hannah Parrish, while the first grade team will be strengthened with the addition of Kelsey Beck, Pamela Gaddis, and Jessica Ward. The instructional assistants’ ranks will be bolstered by the inclusion of Chardannay Debardelabon, Lori El-Rhazoul, Veronica Kelley, Schylar Patterson, and Jessica Pope. In Pre-K, Megan Forbus and Michelle Rollins are joining, while Brooke Jacks is an addition to the Special Education team. Additionally, Melissa Hatchett will take on the role of Bookkeeper.

New Pinecrest Elementary staff members will include Crystal Powell, who will be joining the Math department. Jennifer Shakelford will be taking on responsibilities in fourth grade, and Sierra Welch will be making her mark in the Special Education department. Furthermore, Janice Helton and Jennifer Rivers will be serving as Instructional Assistants.

Nichols-Lawson Middle School is welcoming ELA instructor Hanna Vick, Zachary McIntosh in History, Tara Ammons in Special Education, and Evan Kelley in Physical Education. Additionally, Faith Johnson and Dana Theilacker will be joining as Instructional Assistants.

Sylacauga High School has a large lineup of new staff members, including Michaela Atkins and Sidney Fitzgerald in ELA, Brent Shrimsher in Science, and John Safford in AP History. The Special Education department will welcome Stephen Strickland, while Brantley Carr will be a valuable addition to the Physical Education team. Marty Smith will be taking on responsibilities in both Physical Education and Basketball, while Chris Smelley will be working in the Football department. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) team will see the inclusion of Shelley Cantrell, Jodie Hosey, Micah Kreil, and Meldric Wilson. Cody Sanders will be responsible for Drivers Ed, Elizabeth Jones for Custodial duties, Cali Sanchez for the Registrar’s office, and Rhonda Vincent will serve as a Counselor.

Joining the supporting services team at Sylacauga City Schools are Tosha King, who will take on the role of Supporting Programs Secretary in the Central Office, as well as Andy Butler and Joey Butler, who will be serving in the Maintenance department.

“We are excited about the enthusiasm our new employees bring to their schools and their work. These highly-qualified individuals will join our current staff to have a positive impact on our students,” Dr. Eller, Superintendent of Sylacauga City Schools, remarked.

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