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District Leadership

Superintendent Beth Patton

Mrs. Beth Patton


Mrs. Beth Patton has served Athens City Schools in the role of Superintendent since 2020. She is the first woman to serve as Superintendent of Athens City Schools. 

An Athens native and graduate of Athens High School, Beth Patton has been part of the Athens City Schools team as an educator since 1991. She was a  teacher for eighteen years before furthering her service as an administrator at the Board of Education central office. As Director of Student Services and Assistant Superintendent for ACS, she served as the homeless liaison and leader of learning support systems. She sees the challenges facing our students and families and considers herself blessed to have opportunities to positively impact lives. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University, a Master's degree from Alabama A&M University, and Class A Certification in Instructional Leadership from the University of North Alabama. Mrs. Patton is married and is the proud mother of adult twins who are Athens alumni. She is a member of Education Solution’s Transformative Leadership Academy and Athens Rotary Club, and serves on numerous boards including Athens City Schools Foundation (ex officio), Chamber of Commerce (ex officio), Kids & Kin, LCEDA,  Mission Athens, and United Way.

Contact Superintendent's Office
Mrs. Tammie Brand
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
(256) 233-6601


Mrs. Serena Owsley

Chief School Financial Officer and Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Finance

Mrs. Serena Owsley has served as the Chief School Financial Officer for Athens City Schools since 2016. She earned her accounting degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has worked for ACS for more than a decade. She oversees all aspects of the system's finances. Owsley brings years of experience in the private and public sectors with a focus on transparencey, accountability and fiscal budgeting. She helps streamline financial and procedural policies to benefit the financial health of ACS. 




Mr. Garner Ezell

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Garner Ezell has 39 years of experience serving as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. While a student at UNA, he was selected by the College of Education as one of Education’s Top Ten and was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) and the Alabama Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (Alabama ASCD). Garner served as a coach and social studies/history teacher at Lawrence County High School, Lexington School and Cherokee High School. He joined Athens City Schools in 1986. Throughout his 31 years, he has served as Head Football Coach, American History and AP American History Teacher, Assistant Principal at Athens High School and Principal at Athens Intermediate School and Brookhill Elementary School. He has served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction since 2008. Mr. Ezell resides in Athens with his wife, Deb, who is a retired ACS educator. He has two adult children, Rob and David, who are Athens High School graduates. Click here to learn more about Curriculum and Instruction.


Athens City Schools Principals


Amanda Tedford

Mrs. Amanda Tedford
iAcademy at Athens Elementary


Mrs. Amy Williams
FAME Academy at Brookhill Elementary


Mrs. Lorian Charles
SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary

Sharla Birdsong

Mrs. Sharla Birdsong
HEART Academy at Julian Newman Elementary






Mr. Jake Herrera
Athens Intermediate School

Mr. Jared Paschall
Athens Middle School

Willie Moore AHS Principal

Mr. Willie Moore
Athens High School

Nelson Brown

Dr. Nelson Brown
Renaissance Schools