The start of the 2023-2024 school year brought with it some changes in leadership within the schools.
With the retirement of Mr. Tim Isbill, KDS Middle School Assistant Principal Jennifer Morrison moves into the position of principal. Jennifer came to KDS at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year after serving as assistant principal at Douglas High School. She and her husband, Todd, a 2003 KDS graduate, live in Grant with two daughters – Madi, a 13-year-old 8th grader, and Averi, an 8-year-old 3rd grader. Jennifer states, “I am honored and thrilled to be the new principal at DAR Middle. I am excited to continue to support the students and faculty to help DAR Middle be the best that it can be. I want every faculty member and student to feel they have a place here so that we can work together to help students become productive citizens.”
Trevor Mitchell joins the leadership team at KDS Middle School as assistant principal. A graduate of Douglas High School, Trevor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (Social Sciences) from Jacksonville State University and a Master’s in Instructional Leadership from the University of West Alabama. He comes to KDS having taught 6th grade history for 12 years at Douglas Middle School and two years at Douglas High School as assistant principal. Trevor and his wife, Emily, reside in Guntersville with their sons, 3-year-old Parker, and 1-year-old Carter. They are expecting another child in December. He states, “My first days at KDS DAR have been wonderful! My family and I have been welcomed in with open arms, and I am thankful to be a part of this special place.”
A new position has been added to the leadership staff at KDS Elementary School this year with the naming of Sonja Hester as assistant principal. She joins Principal Cilia Smith who begins her third year as elementary principal. Sonja came to KDS Elementary at the start of the 2022-2023 school year as reading coach, bringing with her 14 years of classroom experience. Sonja and her husband, Bruce, reside in Guntersville. On her appointment to the position of KDS DAR School Elementary assistant principal, she said, “I feel honored to have been selected to be a part of this wonderful school. I hope that I can be a help to the teachers, the students, and the parents of KDS DAR Elementary School. It is great to be a KDS DAR Patriot!”
The KDS DAR High School leadership team remains the same with Larry Bolin as principal and Brandon Edwards as assistant principal.
The administrators are all committed to student achievement and development and are looking forward to a successful school year.