Principal

Mrs. Sharla Birdsong

Phone: 256.233.6630

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Alabama M.A.Ed., University of Montevallo

Mrs. Sharla Birdsong

I was born and raised in Athens, Alabama and graduated from Athens High School in 1995. I attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education in 1999. After graduating, I was hired with Shelby County Board of Education which began my teaching career. While teaching, I continued my education and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Montevallo. I've taught various grade levels (K,1,2 and 3) and was an Assistant Principal before beginning my experience with Athens City Schools. I have taught third grade for 10 years and served as the Title I teacher at Julian Newman Elementary School. I am also married and have two daughters. As the Principal of JNES, I look forward to a wonderful school year!

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Katrena Ellison-Allen

Phone: 256.233.6630

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Finance, University of North Alabama M.Ed. Special Education, Alabama A&M University Ed.S. Educational Leadership, Walden University

Mrs. Katrena Ellison-Allen

Greetings! I have been a special education teacher for 21 years and have loved every minute of it. I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and graduated from J.O. Johnson High School. I have taught at Cedar Ridge Middle School in Decatur, AL, Johnson Elementary in Limestone County and Julian Newman. I am so blessed to be part of the Brookhill and Newman Family as their Assistant Principal.

I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children. My son is in high school and my daughter is in middle school. We love traveling, spending family time together and playing with our labradoodle; Coco.