New Principals Named for Discovery / Liberty Middle Schools; Rainbow's Gunner Moves to Operations
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Friday, June 02, 2017

The Madison City Board of Education today filled principal positions at Discovery and Liberty middle schools and an administrative post in the school district’s Operations Division.
The Board approved Superintendent Robby Parker’s and his search committee’s recommendation to hire:
* Kimberly P. Stewart as Principal for Discovery Middle, replacing Eric Terrell, who is now Assistant Superintendent – Operations for Madison City Schools.
* Shannon D. Brown as Principal for Liberty Middle, replacing Nelson Brown, who recently accepted a principal position in Athens.
* Michael H. Gunner as Coordinator of Operations and Safety. Mr. Gunner will fulfill duties that were partially split between two administrators who just retired, Patrick Conner and Dennis James.
“I am pleased to bring these outstanding individuals on board,” Superintendent Parker said. “While they may be new to their position, they are not new to Madison schools so they are familiar with the culture and high expectations of our school district.” Mr. Parker said the hires were extremely difficult because of all the talented applicants. The final decision ultimately boiled down to the person who best fit the position, he said.
Here are photos and summaries of their resumes:

Kim Stewart at podium
Kimberly Stewart, Discovery Middle School Principal

Kimberly Stewart
has been assistant principal at Discovery Middle since July 2015 and was assistant principal at Horizon Elementary from January 2011 until her appointment to Discovery Middle.
She taught English and Language Arts at Discovery Middle for 13 years before her appointment to Horizon and was a middle school teacher in St. Louis prior to that. Ms. Stewart has extensive involvement in matters dealing with special education, Title 1 tutoring, pupil support teams, screening and selection of new faculty and staff, scheduling, faculty professional development and more.
She holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University in Arizona and a B.A. degree in Biology from St. Louis University. "Even thought I love all of our schools, Discovery is my heart," she told the board after the hiring.

Shannon Brown at podium
Shannon Brown, Liberty Middle School principal 

Shannnon D. Brown
was a teacher and head football coach at Bob Jones High School from 2004-2009 before serving in teaching and administrative positions in Ardmore and Huntsville city schools. He comes to Liberty Middle from Huntsville High School where he is assistant principal with responsibilities over its Freshman Academy. He has also served as assistant principal at McNair Junior High School; assistant principal, athletics director and safety coordinator at both Mountain Gap P-8 and Butler High School; and assistant principal at the Huntsville Center for Technology. He was a teacher and head football coach at Ardmore High School from 2009-2012 and held teacher and coaching positions in Greensboro, Ala. Mr. Brown played football for the University of Alabama and also for three teams in the NFL. He holds a master’s degree in education from Tennessee State University and a B.S. in education from the University of Alabama.
"This is a big day for Shannon Brown. I'm glad to be back home," he told the board, adding he loves kids and looks forward to building relationships with teachers, faculty and staff.

Michael Gunner, Coordinator of Operations and Safety

Michael H. Gunner
has been assistant principal at Rainbow Elementary since 2007 and has served on the Madison City Schools Policy Committee and in various other capacities, including school safety trainings and the Aspiring Administrator’s Academy Committee. He was a teacher at Heritage Elementary from 1999 to 2007.
Mr. Gunner was head coach of the Bob Jones Swimming and Diving Team from 2000-2016 where he won numerous coaching awards and led the team to 10 state championships. Prior to his education career, he was an HVAC expert at Alabama Climate of Huntsville and AirTemp of Decatur. Mr. Gunner holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Alabama and a B.S. degree in elementary education from Athens State University.
Mr. Gunner thanked the board for their confidence and said although he will miss the students, he loves challenges and is ready to get started.