Dr. Laura Junkin became the principal of Oak Mountain Intermediate School in the summer of 2020 and is excited to serve as
principal. Previously, she served as the assistant principal at OMIS for five years. Dr. Junkin began her career in education
in 2002 and has served as a Magnet School Coordinator in Texas, taught fifth grade at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central, served
as an Elementary Math and Science Specialist with AMSTI, and as the assistant principal at Gardendale Elementary School in Jefferson
County. Dr. Junkin holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Samford University. Additionally, she received her
bachelor's from the University of Oklahoma, a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston,
a master's degree and an Education Specialist
degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Junkin is married to Kendall Junkin and they have three sons, James, John, and Joseph.
Dr. Junkin is dedicated to ensuring all students are successful and prepared for the future.
Marlana Hodo, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Marlana Hodo has served Shelby County Schools throughout her entire education career. Mrs. Hodo began in 2004 as a third grade teacher at Wilsonville Elementary School, and in 2013, while at WES, Mrs. Hodo began serving as the administrative assistant. In 2015, Mrs. Hodo became the assistant principal at Vincent Elementary School, where she served for six years. Eager to be closer to home and serve her own community, Mrs. Hodo was afforded the opportunity to become the assistant principal at Oak Mountain Intermediate School in August of 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Educational Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mrs. Hodo, her husband, Davey, and son, Wilson reside in the Oak Mountain community, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the students and families in the area that she calls “home”.