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Mrs.  Melanie  J  Barkley
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Meet Mrs. Barkley

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Biographical Information

Educational Background:  I attended J.C. Calhoun on a softball scholarship from 1992-1994, where I received an Associate Degree in Secondary Teacher Education.  I attended Athens State University from 1994 - 1996, where I received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Secondary Education, Social Sciences.   I received my Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University in 2002.  I completed my Reading Specialist Endorsement at Alabama A&M University in 2003.  I graduated in December of 2012 with my Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of AL Birmingham. 

Education Experience:  I began working for the Madison County School System as an Asst. Coach for Varsity Softball at Sparkman High in 1997.  In August 1997, I was hired at Buckhorn High School to teach 9th/10th Grade History and be the Varsity Volleyball Coach and Asst. Softball Coach.  During the 2002-2003 school year, I served as the first High School Reading Coach for Madison County.  I traveled between Hazel Green HS, Buckhorn HS, and New Hope HS.  After serving in this position for a year, I went on to work for the Alabama State Dept. of Education - Alabama Reading Initiative.  I serviced 66 Middle and High Schools across North Alabama.  During my time with ARI - I trained numerous faculties and administrators on implementation of the Alabama Reading Initiative.  In 2004, I joined Sparkman Middle School (Madison County Schools) as Asst. Principal.   In 2009, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the Principal of Mill Creek Elementary.  Mill Creek is the newest elementary school in Madison City, opening during the 2009-10 school year.   In August of 2013, I became Principal of Discovery Middle School in Madison City.  I am in my second year at Athens Middle School.  

Family: My husband Scotty works on Redstone Arsenal with COLSA, Inc.  I have two sons, Dalton, who is a sophomore at UAH on a basketball scholarship and Bryant, who is in 10th Grade at Bob Jones HS. 

Hobbies:  I love to read, exercise and spend time with my family and friends.