Assistant Principal

Phone: 256-777-1208


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Elementary Education Athens State College Master’s Elem Education University West Alabama Master’s Leadership Samford University

Dr. Debbie Elmore

My name is Debbie Elmore, and I serve as an Assistant Principal for the SAFE and CARE alternative placement programs at Athens High School. SAFE stands for Students Alternative For Excellence, and CARE stands for Classroom for Alternative and Remedial Education. The CARE program is the special education portion of the school system's alternative program. The two alternative programs, which are available to students at all eight Athens schools, fall under the umbrella of Innovative Programs.

Some of my professional achievements and accomplishments in education are implementing hands-on opportunities for students, implementing student leadership roles, and implementing leadership opportunities for myself while teaching our Earth’s most precious assets: our children. By implementing various hands-on opportunities for students, I see the curriculum come alive in the eyes of each student. 

The National Science Convention asked me to present a two-hour session during the three-day event held in California.  The experience enlightened me and encouraged me to further my education, especially in science. I was honored to be invited to participate in the week-long National Teacher’s Space Camp program where I underwent a simulation of astronaut training.  Needing to strengthen my leadership skills, I applied and was chosen to be an ALSDE peer mentor for one year.  I served in Huntsville City Schools as a peer mentor in two low-performing schools.  I am proud to participate in each of these activities, but most of all I am proud to say that I achieved my National Board Teacher’s Certificate (NBCT) in 2005 and recertified in 2015. I have been chosen Teacher of the Year for my school, my system, and my district.  This led me to being selected the one of the top eight elementary teachers in the Alabama. The longer I am in education, the more urgency I felt need to want more knowledge in my field; therefore, at this time I am pursuing my doctoral degree at Lipscomb University.