Principal

Dr. Beth McKinney

Phone: 256.233.6627

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Alabama Master in Curriculum Design & Instruction, University of Alabama Bachelor of Science, Education, Athens State University CTEL

Dr. Beth McKinney

Dr. McKinney assumed the role of principal at SPARK Academy in July 2017.  Dr. McKinney has worked in the Athens City School System for 24 years, first as a Math teacher at Athens High School, as the District's first Instructional Technology Specialist and then later as the school system's Coordinator of Technology.  She brings years of experience across education disciplines to her role as principal at SPARK Academy.  Dr. McKinney believes in the "One Athens" philosophy of collaboration as a way to improve the educational and community experiences of students, teachers and the community.  She encourages every parent to be involved and find their place in this great community connected by education.

Assistant Principal

Mr. Darran Alexander

Phone: 256.233.6627

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Instructional Leadership Certification, University of North Alabama M.A.Ed. Physical Education & Health, University of North Alabama B.S. Physical Education & Health, University of North Alabama

Mr. Darran Alexander

Darran Alexander is a native of Florence, Alabama.  Since 2002, he has taught in the elementary setting with experience in physical education, coaching various sports, and administrative roles.  He and his wife, Valerie, have 3 beautiful girls.  He is a man of Faith and serves as a Deacon for the Helton Drive Church of Christ. Darran serves SPARK Academy with enthusiasm as both an assistant principal in adminstration and as a physical education teacher. 

He and his family love to travel and camp.  Camping is a big part of their lives.  Hiking, bike riding, playing games, and making memories are just some of the things they do to bond with each other.

He values being a part of the SPARK Academy Family! He feels that a school should be a happy learning environment where students, staff, and parents can’t wait to walk through the door.