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MCS filling administrative, support personnel for new year

MADISON – For the 2022-2023 school year, the staff of Madison City Schools has filled key openings in the district.

At Midtown Elementary School, Quentin Turner has been hired as assistant principal. He is filling the vacancy left by Kathie Miller’s retirement and will work with Principal Savannah Demeester.

Turner had worked as Reading Specialist for New Hope Elementary School since August 2019. In Tuscaloosa, he also has worked as instructional coach at Eastwood Middle School and a teacher at Central Elementary School.

At Stillman College, he earned an education specialist degree in elementary education. He received a master’s degree from the University of West Alabama and Certification in Instructional Leadership from Jacksonville State University. Turner and wife Erica are parents of 11-year-old Landon and 10-year-old Locklin.

Two MCS teachers have entered MAAP, an acronym for “Madison Aspiring Administrator’s Program.” In simplistic terms, MAAP is a training program that Madison City Schools uses to help a classroom teacher advance to serve as assistant principal of a school.

Members of Madison Board of Education have said that MAAP has proved to be an excellent training program for future MCS leaders. “It’s great that Madison City Schools has such a deep bench of talent,” board member Travis Cummings said in a previous interview. Several current assistant principals advanced to that position from the MAAP requirements.

At Rainbow Elementary School, Tammy Brunton is pursuing MAAP after working as a classroom teacher since July 2008. She has taught third- and fifth-graders previously for five years and students in special education for four years. At Rainbow, Brunton will work with Principal Karl Fernandez and Assistant Principal Nedjra Russell.

Brunton graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in December 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in collaborative education. She and husband Chris married in 2011. Their daughter Millie was born in 2018. The Bruntons also own Cecil the cat.

During her downtime, Tammy Brunton likes to run, read and visit with her family and friends.

Jessica Pinegar now is in MAAP at Columbia Elementary School, serving with Principal Miranda Bolden and Assistant Principal Kimberly Massey. Since 2006, Pinegar has taught second and third grades, along with students in special education.

Pinegar earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and general education at UAH and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in curriculum and instruction. She is a National Board Certified teacher, certified in exceptional needs birth-21+.

Jessica and her husband Trey met at UAH. Trey works as an agent with MetLife. The Pinegars are Madison residents and have three children.

In addition, Columbia has a new counselor, Sarah Sturdivant.

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