Ad Spot

Mardis appointed as Endeavor principal

Karen Mardis is Endeavor Elementary School's new principal. (CONTRIBUTED)
Karen Mardis is Endeavor Elementary School’s new principal. (CONTRIBUTED)

HARVEST – Karen Mardis has been appointed as principal at Endeavor Elementary School.

Mardis taught English, history and journalism at Pinson Valley High School in Jefferson County for 13 years. For eight years, she has served as assistant principal.

“Endeavor has a reputation for great parental involvement and is supported by a district with a reputation for excellence,” Mardis said. “I’m impressed by the school and the community it serves. I am so excited to become a part of this partnership.”

Mardis has observed the impact of experiences from elementary school on secondary students in high school and beyond. “I’m anxious to be a partner in building a strong foundation. I look forward to serving in the role of lead learner,” Mardis said about her first principalship.

In Jefferson County, Mardis received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence three times, was “Teacher of the Year” nominee twice and was named “Staff Member of the Year” for all of Pinson’s feeder schools.

After attending Jefferson State Community College, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Birmingham-Southern College. At Samford University, she received a master’s degree and will complete education specialist requirements in December.

“I have three sons — Mike, 28, Bill, 26, and Kyle, 21. I’m also blessed to have Bill’s wife Nikki and two precious grandsons, Colby, 5, and Jayden, 9 months,” Mardis said.

Mardis always will remember her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Brezina, “for a unique punishment she gave me after a playground tussle. She made me stay inside and read ‘Little House on the Prairie’ books during recess.”

Reading about struggles between Laura Ingalls and Nellie Olsen, “I figured out a better way to deal with my playground issues. Laura Ingalls became my hero, and I wanted to become a teacher. Mrs. Brezina gave me a hero I could relate to in trying to solve problems. She changed my path in life,” Mardis said.

“I’ll never forget to look beyond circumstances to see the child trying to figure out how to deal with them,” Mardis said.

Mardis replaces Marilyn Hicks as Endeavor principal.

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 21, 2021

Madison

Nick Samaras earns Eagle Scout rank with signage project at Madison elementary

Madison

Welcome, back! Members return to Madison Senior Center

Harvest

Hogan Family YMCA can boost children’s summer lifestyle, offers $0 join fee

James Clemens High School

Instrumentalists can improve talent at Madison Music Camp

Madison

Madison City Council members to hold town hall meeting Thursday, April 22

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run Moved To Labor Day From Traditional Memorial Day Date

James Clemens High School

Alabama Consortium for Technology in Education awards James Clemens

Huntsville

Alex Cole earns Eagle Scout rank with school beautification project

Huntsville

‘Into the Woods Jr.’ to unfold on Madison Academy campus

LIFESTYLES -- FEATURE SPOT

What’s the significance of red poppies? American Legion has answers.

James Clemens High School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology selects Yewon Lee for institute

Madison

Elementary students excel in play at State Scholastic Chess Championship

Harvest

Groups can apply for Master Gardeners grant for horticulture projects

James Clemens High School

Madison teens’ yearlong practice culminates in 2021 State Scholastic Chess Championship

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alabama State Games Offer Academic Scholarships

Bob Jones High School

Exploravision regional win goes to James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Alabama State Games To Offer Academic Scholarships During Opening Ceremony

James Clemens High School

James Clemens shows its tech savvy in Science Olympiad

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Jets Press rates first at All American High School Film Festival

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – April 7, 2021

Bob Jones High School

Sam Uchitel at Bob Jones founds business for Madison CEO

Madison

City Chess Blitz Championship to decide victor on April 24

Bob Jones High School

Senior boys can apply for Alabama Boys State

x