Larry Haynes has served as principal at Oak Mountain Middle School in Shelby County since 2004. His is currently on the Council for Leaders in Alabama School (CLAS) Board of Directors and serves on the Board for the Alabama Association for Middle School Principals (AAMSP), where he is a past president of the organization. He previously served as an assistant principal at Oak Mountain High School and prior to that taught U.S. History, English, journalism and broadcasting at Montevallo High School, also in Shelby County. During his tenure at Montevallo, the bi-weekly newspaper, SPOTLIGHT, and student newscast, MHS News, earned numerous state and national awards. Dr. Haynes served two years as president of the Alabama Scholastic Press Advisors Association and was named Journalism Advisor of the Year by ASPA in 1996. At the national level, he received Columbia University’s Gold Key Award in 2001.
Under Dr. Haynes’ leadership, OMMS was the first middle school cited by the Alabama Department of Education for Exceeding the Challenge in all demographic areas, the State Attorney General’s Office presented Oak Mountain Middle with its School Safety Award, and OMMS students were recognized for scoring among the nation’s top ten middle schools in Math and Science on the Middle Grades Assessment. In 2012, ASPA recognized Dr. Haynes as Administrator of the Year and named the award in his honor for his years of commitment to scholastic journalism. He credits a “phenomenal” faculty and staff, outstanding students, supportive parents, and a proactive and committed leadership team for the positive things that have taken place at Oak Mountain.
Dr. Haynes earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and Ed. S degrees from the University of Montevallo. He received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mrs. Cynthia Cruce is proud to call the Oak Mountain Community her home. Mrs. Cruce is not only an assistant principal, but also the mother of four children who have had the privilege to attend all the Oak Mountain Schools.
Mrs. Cruce began her teaching career in 1992 as an English teacher and yearbook sponsor at McAdory High School. When Oak Mountain High School opened in 1999, Mrs. Cruce taught English, computer programming, computer applications, and yearbook for seven years. In 2004, Mrs. Cruce was selected as the Alabama Advisor of the Year for the State of Alabama by the Alabama Student Press Association. Mrs. Cruce also received a grant from CBS 42 One Class At A Time.
She joined the faculty at Chelsea Middle School as the assistant principal in 2006. Mrs. Cruce helped lead CHMS through becoming a Making Middle Grades Work school and implementing a school-wide advisory program. Mrs. Cruce transferred to Oak Mountain Middle School in 2012 to begin a new journey.
Mrs. Cruce has a Bachelor's degree in Communication - Journalism and a Master's degree in Secondary Education - English from from The University of Alabama. She completed her administrative certification and her Educational Specialist degree at The University of Montevallo