Board approves new principals
Three Mobile County Public Schools will have new leadership this year and a leader was also named for a new academy coming in 2021, as the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners approved two new principals in June and two more during a special called meeting in July.
The new principals are: David Sprinkle at Alma Bryant High School, Angela Lincecum at Kate Shepard Elementary, Sean Clark at Causey Middle School, and Dr. Amanda Jones at the new Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies.
Sprinkle has been the principal at Causey Middle for the last two years. He returns to Alma Bryant, where he once served as baseball coach. “I can’t explain how excited I am to come home to serve my community as the newly appointed principal of Alma Bryant,” Sprinkle said. “I will always be thankful to the Causey family for two great years that I will never forget.”
Lincecum takes over at Kate Shepard after serving as a School Improvement Specialist in Federal Programs. "I am so excited to be the new principal at Kate Shepard Elementary," she said. "I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community. This is a huge honor and I am so grateful. Thank you to Mr. Threadgill and the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners for giving me the opportunity to lead at this fabulous school."
Clark comes to Causey from Eufaula High School, where he has served as principal since January 2019. He previously served as principal at Carroll High School in Ozark. "I am excited to be a part of Causey Middle School," Clark said. "I want to thank Mr. Threadgill and the board members, especially Dr. Bill Foster for this opportunity. I can not wait to meet the students, faculty, staff, and community members."
Dr. Jones has been MCPSS' Coordinator of Professional Learning, Special Projects and Innovation at Central Campus, serving previously as principal at Mary B. Austin Elementary School. She will be the first principal at Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies, which will open in 2021 serving students in grades 6-9. The interior of the building, built in 1836, is currently under renovation after a successful fundraising effort by the Barton Academy Foundation.
"I am tremendously honored and humbled to be chosen to lead Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies as we reopen Alabama's first public school to the students of Mobile," Dr. Jones said. "Through project-based learning and innovative instructional practices, Alabama's first public school will now serve as a model of 21st century learning. I look forward to building a team of exceptional educators and opening the doors to students in 2021. I am so appreciative of the hard work the Barton Academy Foundation, Superintendent Threadgill and the Mobile County Public Schools have done on behalf of our entire community to restore this treasured school."
The new principals are pictured below (from left): Clark, Jones, Lincecum and Sprinkle.