Principal

Dr. Nelson Brown

Phone: 256.771.7147

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S., Education, Athens State University M.S., Education, University of West Alabama Ed.S., Education, Walden University Ed.D., Education, Walden University

Dr. Nelson Brown

Dr. Nelson Brown is the principal at Athens Renaissance School. He served as teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Madison prior to joining ARS in 2017. Brown earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Athens State University, his Master of Science from the University of West Alabama, his Ed. S. from Walden University, and his Ed.D. from Walden University. He is happily married to his wife Suzie and they have three sons, Nelson Jr., Kobe, and Branden.  

Assistant Principal

Mr. Phillip Jarmon

Phone: 256.614.3297

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

M.S. Instructional Leadership, Alabama A&M University B.S. Elementary Education, Athens State University

Mr. Phillip Jarmon

I am married to my wonderful wife Heather, and we have one awesome English Bulldog (Gus). I was born and raised in Guntersville, AL. I enjoy teaching Sunday School, attending church activities, learning new things, and anything outdoors. I consider it an honor to assume a leadership role within the Athens City School district. With that being said, I understand the high expectations placed on character development and student achievement and will continue to strive for excellence. We teach the whole child, and as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education."

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Debbie Elmore

Phone: 256.771.7147

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education, Athens State College Master’s degree, Elementary Education, University of West Alabama Master’s degree, Leadership, Samford University

Mrs. Debbie Elmore

My name is Debbie Elmore, and I am the assistant principal responsible for the SAFE and CARE programs at ACS. 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.