Principal's Corner

Welcome to Pelham!

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As a resident of Shelby County for more than three decades, I feel like I know my way around Pelham and its neighboring communities.  My husband Brent and I live in Pelham and are active members of the community.  As the mother of four I have considered Pelham home since I was in elementary school. I feel it is an optimal environment in which to raise children.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Birmingham with my family in 1977. The oldest of three siblings, we all attended Valley Elementary before moving on to Riverchase Middle School and eventually Pelham High School. It was during these years as a student where my desire to become a teacher and help shape the lives of young minds was cultivated.  I knew I always wanted to make a positive impact on people.  

My desire to become an educator led me just down the road, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Montevallo in 1993. After graduating, I worked for Educational Reviews in Birmingham, facilitating training seminars and course material regarding the habits of highly effective people. Little did I know that would become the foundation for my educational focus some 20 years later at Valley Intermediate through our Leader in Me commitment.

My urge to educate children in 1996 led me to begin teaching fourth grade at Calera Elementary where I worked until I decided to spend a couple of years at home being a mom. My desire to teach brought me back to teaching at Valley Intermediate in 2004. While at Valley Intermediate a new challenge presented itself and I took the role of Reading Coach for 9 years.  During my time as a Reading Coach I returned to the University of Montevallo, earning my Masters in Administration.  In 2010, I became the Assistant Principal at Valley Intermediate. In 2013, I was hired as the third Principal at Valley Intermediate. During these years at Valley, I have developed a philosophy that I want Valley Intermediate to be a place where all students, family and community know we have a safe learning environment developing the uniqueness of each leader in our building. We move into our new home as Pelham Ridge Elementary as of October of 2016. It is my goal for PRES to be a warm inviting place where we teach a challenging curriculum and strategies.  I embrace our community and celebrate our rich diversity.  At Pelham Ridge, we all learn from each other every single day. 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  

-Maya Angelou