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Subjects Taught
Language Arts - 8th Advanced, Language Arts - 8th Regular

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - University of Alabama (2013)
  • 15 hours toward a Master of Arts in Secondary Education /English - University of Alabama (1997)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology in Secondary Education- Samford University (1989)
  • Advanced Academic Diploma - Shades Valley High School (1985)

  • 2005-present: Nichols-Lawson Middle School (Sylacauga, AL) - 7th and 8th grade Language Arts 
  • 2004-2005: Vincent High School (Harpersville, AL) - 7th grade English, 10th & 11th grade honors English
  • 2001-2004: Crisp County Middle School (Cordele, GA) - 8th grade Language Arts 
  • 1994-2000: Hillcrest Middle School (Tuscaloosa, AL) - 8th grade Language Arts  
  • 1994: Carroll High School (Ozark, AL) - 9th grade English  
  • 1991-1993: Enterprise High School (Enterprise, AL) - 10th, 11th, 12th grade preparation for the AHSGE  
  • 1989: Gadsden High School (Gadsden, AL) - Student teaching


Personal Information:    

Mrs. Courson was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where she graduated from high school and college.  She and her husband of twenty-six years have three children.  The Coursons moved to Sylacauga in 2004, when her husband accepted the call as senior pastor of Odena Baptist Church. 


Professional Information:    


  • Alabama Class A Certification in Instructional Leadership
  • Alabama Professional Educator's Certificate in Secondary English and Psychology (Grades 6 - 12) 

 Additional Certification:

  • ELEOT Certification in Classroom Observation for AdvancEd 
  • InTech Certification (Technology in the classrooms)  - Georgia

 Current Leadership Roles:

At the District Level:
  • Technology Committee
  • Calendar Committee
  • Sick Leave Bank Committee
  • Educator Effectiveness Cohort
  • Instructional Planning and Policies Committee

At the School Level:

  • Leadership Team 
  • Budget Committee
  • English Language Arts Department - Chairperson
  • Technology Team - Chair
  • Pilot for Laying the Foundations and A+ College Ready
  • Create and Upload PD into STIPD for our faculty


  • Associate Lead Evaluator for an AdvancEd External Review Team  - March and Oct. 2015
  • Member of an External Review Team for AdvancEd  Mar.2014 
  • Published lesson plans on ALEX (Alabama Learning Exchange)


Leadership Roles in the Recent Past:

  • Literacy Across the Curriculum - Chairperson
  • Making Middle Grades Work - Chairperson
  • District-Wide Literacy Committee - NLMS representative
  • Technology in the Classroom (PLC2) - NLMS representative and mentor
  • Teacher's Advisory Committee - Secretary
  • Differentiated Instruction Cohort - Presenter
  • Strategic Teaching - One of four faculty leaders
  • Team Leader of Interdisciplinary Team of Teachers
  • Interview Team member for the SACS/AdvancEd Review 
  • Sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society
  • Sponsor of the School-Wide Spelling Bee
  • Sponsor of the Dance Team
Current Professional Development:
  • Common Core Standards for Language Arts
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • AVID
  • Pre-AP / Laying the Foundations / A+ College Ready for Language Arts
  • Digital Learning
Professional Honors:
  • Awarded Joseph B. Morton Educator of the Year for Nichols-Lawson Middle School in Sylacauga, AL
  • Awarded Teacher of the Year for Secondary Schools for the Tuscaloosa County School System       
  • Awarded Teacher of the Year for Middle Schools for the Tuscaloosa County School System
  • Awarded Jacksonville State Teacher of the Year twice for Hillcrest Middle School in Tuscaloosa, AL

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Alpha Delta Kappa - International Honorary Orgainzation for Women Educators (ADK) - Secretary for the Beta Theta Chapter
  • Delta Kappa Gamma - International Society for Key Women Educators (DKG)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Alabama Education Association (AEA)
  • Sylacauga Teachers Association (STA)
Scholastic Honors While in Graduate and Undergraduate School:
  • National Honor Society
  • Dean's List
  • Sigma Tau Delta - English
  • Pi Gamma Mu - Social Science
  • Omicron Delta Camma - Leadership


Community Service Projects:

2014-2015 school year

  • As sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society, I organized a school-wide drive for the Bell Center, an Early Intervention Program in Birmingham.  We collected over 20 bags of supplies for their students. We also volunteered in the community garden, served as waiters and waitresses at a scholarship banquet, dug up 1600 daylilies to sell for Relay for Life, participated in a 5K, volunteered at City-Wide Clean-Up Day, and Bagged for Tips.  In fact, our 60 student members worked a total of 393 individual service hours and 549 group service hours, and raised over $12,000 for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. 

2013-2014 school year

  • As sponsor for the National Junior Honor Society, I led 110 students in raising $11,000 for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
  • I organized ten Saturday's worth of volunteer labor for Vapor Thrift Store.  During which, over 100 people donated nearly 250 hours of their time to help this worthy cause.
  • I organized a collection drive for Vapor Sports Ministries. We sent 10 boxes worth of athletic gear to the Vapor Soccer Camp in Africa. 

2012-2013 school year

  • I organized a collection drive of blankets and cold-weather clothing for Jimmy Hale Missions and Jessie's Place for Women and Children.  We delivered 24 bags of collected items.
  • The NJHS, over which I am sponsor, raised $8,000 for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.