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HES Administration

Principal Jeff Norris


Jeff Norris - Principal - . Mr. Norris holds a Master's degree in Instructional Leadership (University of Montevallo), an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership (University of Montevallo), a Master's degree in Gifted Education (University of South Alabama), and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (University of Alabama). In 2012, he earned his National Board certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist and was named Shelby County's Elementary Teacher of the Year, as well as being a state finalist for the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame.

Mr. Norris has 2 children, Maggie and Miller, who attend schools in Oak Mountain. His wife, Sarah, works as a Worship Arts Assistant at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Mr. Norris believes in the "4 Tions:" Quality Instruction, Proactive Administration, Effective Communication, and Positive Emotional Connection.

Assistant Principal Kara Burleson

assist. principal

Ms. Kara Burleson -  Assistant Principal  Ms. Burleson has over nine years experience in education. Ms. Burleson obtained a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Instructional Leadership from the University of Montevallo. In addition, she has earned her National Board Certification.