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New Principal for Madison Elementary School hired by school board

Madison Elementary has a new principal.

The Madison City Board of Education approved assistant principal Melissa Raby Mims of the Shelby County school system near Birmingham to replace Dr. Timothy Scott, who accepted a job in Huntsville.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Ms. Mims. She graduated from Sparkman High School and still has family in the Harvest and Madison area. “Wesley (husband) and I are thrilled to be joining the family at Madison Elementary and are excited to be coming home to Madison County,” she said.

Madison Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said the Shelby County schools superintendent had nothing but praise for Ms. Mims when he called him as a reference. A search committee reviewed 64 applicants, narrowed the list to 10 and interviewed six. Ms. Mims was the overwhelming choice.

Ms. Mims received her bachelors, masters and EdS degrees from Auburn University and her certificate for educational administration from the University of Montevallo. She spent the past six years as assistant principal at Chelsea Park Elementary in Shelby County and 8 years before that as an elementary classroom teacher for the Shelby County, Forsyth County (Ga) and Lee County school districts.

Judy Warmath, elementary coordinator for Madison City Schools, led the search committee for a new principal. Ms. Warmath said others who have worked with Ms. Mims including teacher and administrators, describe her as gifted, organized, positive, fair and trustworthy, supportive, visible every day in the classrooms, knows students by name and develops positive relationships with everyone associated with the school.

According to Ms. Warmath’s hiring recommendation report, the current principal at Chelsea Park, Dr. Jeanette Campisi-Snider, said of Ms. Mims: “She has a strong work ethic and knowledge of curriculum and instruction; she has drive and initiative, is a self-starter and energetic; she makes it a priority to be in the classrooms daily; and she built such strong relationships, that she was truly loved and respected.” Ms. Mims said she’s excited about being hired and can’t wait to get started.



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