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HCS Names New Homewood Middle School Principal

Dr. Henneke Homewood City Schools is proud to announce Dr. Joel Henneke as Principal of Homewood Middle School. Dr. Henneke has been HMS’ Assistant Principal for four years, and he has 22 years of experience in education as a teacher and an administrator at the middle and high school level.


Dr. Henneke came to Homewood as a special education teacher at HMS, and he was later appointed to direct Homewood’s Alternative School before returning to HMS to serve as an assistant principal.


“Dr. Henneke has proved to be a strong leader in Homewood City Schools,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Cleveland said.  “We are fortunate to have his continued leadership at Homewood Middle School. I know he will continue Homewood’s mission to empower all students to maximize their unique potential, but he will also lead to empower our faculty and staff as well.”


Dr. Henneke received his bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University and his educational specialist degree from the University of Montevallo.  In 2011, he earned his doctorate of education from Samford University.


Prior to his career in education, Dr. Henneke served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps for a four year enlistment.


“Under the leadership of my predecessor, Mr. Jimmie Pearson, I have gained an even greater appreciation for the dedication and professionalism that is consistently demonstrated by the faculty and staff at HMS. I also have great admiration and appreciation for the support and involvement of the parents and stakeholders in our community,” Dr. Henneke said. 


“In my 22 years as an educator, I can think of no greater opportunity or privilege than being afforded the challenge and occasion to be the principal at Homewood Middle School.”