BOE approves new directors for Calera High, Chelsea Middle – Shelby County Reporter

By WILLIAM MARLOW / Special to the Reporter

ALBÂTRE – The Shelby County School Board has appointed new principals at both Chelsea Middle School and Calera High School.

Cynthia Cruce will be principal of Chelsea Middle School while Russell Leonard will become deputy principal of Calera High School. Both appointments were announced at the June 10 board meeting.

Cruce has 29 years of experience as an educator and is currently an assistant principal at Oak Mountain Middle School, where she has served for the past nine years. Prior to that, Cruce was Deputy Director of Chelsea Middle from 2006 to 2012. She told members of the Education Council that she was delighted to be returning to the Chelsea community.

Cruce holds a BA in Communication and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama. She obtained both a Diploma in Administration and a Diploma of Specialist in Education from the University of Montevallo.

Russell Leonard has eight years of education experience and said he was thrilled to become an assistant principal at Calera High School. He graduated from Auburn University and holds a BA in English and an MA in Primary and Secondary Education Administration.

Leonard will graduate as an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama and then hopes to pursue a doctorate in education.

He recently held the post of Administrative Assistant at Helena High School.

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