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HCS Announces New Administrative Positions

April 30, 2019 - Homewood City Schools is proud to announce new administrative positions: Shannon Dennis as Director of Special Programs, Laura Tate as Principal of Edgewood Elementary School, and Mindy McBride as Assistant Principal for Instruction at Homewood Middle School.


Shannon Dennis has served as Homewood City Schools’ Elementary Special Education Supervisor for the past four years and has worked in education for 22 years as a special education teacher, school psychometrist, and special education specialist.Shannon Dennis


Dennis has been named the Director of Special Programs where she will oversee delivery of both special education instruction and related services, and she will serve as the district’s Gifted Education Coordinator, Preschool Coordinator, and English Language Coordinator.


“I have enjoyed working with the elementary special populations in Homewood City Schools, and I look forward to being able to support all of our teachers, staff, students, and families in the Homewood community,” Dennis said.


Dennis received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in special education. She earned her master’s degree in school psychomety from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she also received her educational leadership certificate and educational specialist degree.


“Mrs. Dennis has worked with our elementary special education classes as a teacher and administrator in Homewood,” HCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Cleveland said.  “We are fortunate to have her working with our teachers system-wide to help reach the needs of all of our students.”


For the past four years, Laura Tate has served as the Assistant Principal of Edgewood Elementary and was selected as the Assistant Principal of the Year for the State of Alabama by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) last year.Laura Tate    


Tate has been in elementary education for 18 years where she has worked as a special education administrator and teacher.  Prior to joining Edgewood Elementary, Tate served as a special education teacher at Hall-Kent Elementary School.


“It’s an honor to serve this community and the students and families in Homewood,” Tate said. “Our system has strong and compassionate faculty and staff members that are here to support our students, and it is a privilege to work with them each day to help empower the students at Edgewood Elementary.”


Tate received her bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in 2001. She went on to earn her master’s degree, educational administration certificate, and educational specialist degree in education administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at Samford University.


“Mrs. Tate has been a leader within Homewood for several years,” Superintendent Dr. Cleveland said.  “She has shown her passion for students as an elementary classroom teacher and assistant principal, and we are excited to have her continued leadership in Edgewood.”


Mindy McBride has taught at Homewood High School for 18 years and will serve as Homewood Middle School’s Assistant Principal for Instruction.  McBride has had the opportunity to work and be a part of multiple departments at HHS including science, social studies, and athletics. She currently teaches Advanced Placement European History and is the head coach of the HHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team.Mindy McBride


Throughout her career at HHS, McBride has been involved of many organizations including the Homewood Administrative Cohort, an instructional coach and new teacher mentor, and a committee member for HCS’ strategic planning and accreditation teams.


McBride was named the high school’s Teacher Impact Award winner in 2015 by the Homewood City Schools Foundation and State Soccer Coach of the Year by the Alabama Soccer Association.  She has also had the opportunities to attend the AP Summer Institutes in Rome, Italy and Atlanta, Georgia.


“Homewood is a special community and a fantastic school system, and I am honored to play a larger role in continuing the traditions and expectations that we value in our city,” McBride said.


McBride earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she received her master’s degree in in secondary education from the University of Montevallo and her master’s in instructional leadership from Samford University.


“We are fortunate to have these administrators serve our schools, students, and families,” Superintendent Dr. Cleveland said.  “Their passion for education and dedication to students is clear in what they have already accomplished in Homewood. I know we all look forward to the ways they will continue to positively impact our schools.”