Three new principals hired for Cullman County Schools

(Photo courtesy of Cullman County Schools)

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Cullman County Commission on Education at a special-called meeting approved the hiring of three new principals.

·         Caleb Elrod, Parkside

·         Michael Lindsey, West Point Elementary

·         Kristin Williams, Good Hope Primary

Caleb Elrod is currently the assistant principal at Fairview Elementary and has served in that role for five years. He holds an Educational Specialist degree and master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and has taught third and fourth grade at Hanceville Elementary prior to moving into administration. “I look forward to moving to Parkside,” said Elrod. “I plan on maintaining and growing the culture and climate while building on ways to improve student achievement.” Elrod replaces Richard Orr, the new assistant superintendent for the district.

Michael Lindsey is in his 23rd year of education, with seven years as assistant principal at West Point Elementary. Lindsey, a National Board-certified educator, holds an Educational Specialist degree as well as master’s in Educational/Instructional leadership. “I want to thank Dr. Barnette and the Cullman County School Board for this opportunity to lead West Point Elementary,” said Lindsey. “I am thrilled to be part of the West Point family; there are great things taking place at our school, and we are going to keep growing and improving. I would also like to thank Mrs. Angie Yarbrough for her leadership, mentorship, and friendship over the past seven years.” Yarbrough is the new director of federal programs for the district.

Kristin Williams is currently the assistant principal of Crossville Middle in the DeKalb County, Alabama school district. She has also worked as an administrator at Arab Primary School. Prior to her time in Alabama schools, she worked for 11 years as a teacher and administrator in Missouri. Williams, a Cullman native, holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership. She also served in the U.S. Army for five years.

“I feel extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to serve at Good Hope Primary School,” said Williams. “I am excited to be among such an amazing group of students, teachers, staff and community members.”

Williams replaces Tonya Cupp, the new director of instructional programs for the district.

“We are very excited about the three new principals that we have hired at West Point Elementary, Parkside and Good Hope Primary. They all bring valuable experience that will help them move the already great schools to the next level. Each of these schools has an excellent faculty, staff and community that supports the schools. With their leadership, the future is bright for all three of these schools!”

Elrod, Lindsey and Williams begin their new roles Monday, November 1.