In 1992, Dr. Stamps completed her Associate degree at Bevill State Community College and in 1993 her Bachelor’s degree at Mississippi University for Women, both in elementary education. She began her teaching career working with students in the gifted programs in Winfield and Fayette, designing and implementing differentiated curriculum for high ability learners. Dr. Stamps taught gifted students in grades K-8 for nine years. In 1997, she earned a Master’s degree in gifted education and in 1999, an Educational Specialist degree in Special Education with an emphasis in gifted. She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration in 2002, all at The University of Alabama. Dr. Stamps has been named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for several years by her students.
As an educational leader, Dr. Stamps has worked as a researcher and teacher at the University of Alabama and as a professional development consultant with school systems around the state on a variety of leadership topics. She has presented at conferences across the country and has published articles in journals on educational topics including the social/emotional issues of gifted students, gifted girls, curriculum and programs for high ability students, mentoring, team building, and school leadership. Over her career, Dr. Stamps has worked with every age group of learners from Kindergarten to graduate school students in college. From 2003-2005, Dr. Stamps was the Director for Academic Affairs at The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a residential school for gifted 11th and 12th grade students in Columbus, Mississippi. She has taught as a temporary assistant professor in the Special Education and Innovative Leadership Programs at The University of Alabama. Dr. Stamps was principal of Gordo Elementary for seven years where she implemented a model arts program and began The Leader in Me process. She was the principal of Sulligent High School for 5 years where she initiated Advanced Placement courses and dual enrollment classes as well as began The Leader in Me process. Through these years the school went from being on the focus list to attaining a “B” on the Alabama State Report Card.
Dr. Stamps has been active in the church and community for over 45 years and has served as the Command Ombudsman for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 while her husband was in the Navy. She was married to the late Rev. Robert Stamps for over 40 years. The Stamps’ have one daughter, Leslie, and one son, Luke, and nine grandchildren, Rachel, Jonathan, Abigail, Isaac, Jack, Claire, Henry, George, and Charles. Dr. Stamps enjoys spending time with her family, photography, cooking, playing piano, reading, and writing. She is focused on high academic standards and helping her students and her faculty/family become the best they can be. Dr. Stamps is excited about serving in the Columbiana community as the principal of Elvin Hill Elementary School.
Christy Kearley has been an educator for over 20 years. Her career began as a K-5 special education teacher with Pell City Schools at Coosa Valley Elementary. After six years there, she transferred to Eden Elementary where she served as a K-5 special education teacher and as an itinerate teacher for the K-12 Hearing Impaired program in Pell City. After that time, Mrs. Kearley came to Shelby County where she has spent the last 13 years at Elvin Hill Elementary as a special education teacher.
Mrs. Kearley believes learning is a life-long process. She received her Bachelor and Educational Specialist degrees and her Administration Certification from the University of Montevallo, her Master Degree from UAB, and she is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Samford University.
Mrs. Kearley, her husband Stephen, have two sons. They enjoy spending time together baking, hiking, traveling, and running obstacle races and half marathons.
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