TALLADEGA -- Two years ago, Quentin Lee transferred from his band director position at Talladega County Central High School to serve as Childersburg Middle School’s assistant principal.

Now he’s back at TCCHS to fill the shoes of former principal Tim Young, who recently became principal of Munford High School.

“I want to take everything that he did — take it and run with it even further,” Lee said. “One focus that we will definitely have this year is on project-based learning (PBL). Our superintendent, Dr. (Suzanne) Lacey, has really kind of piloted this program in the state as Talladega County Schools are being one of the systems known for their PBL. I would definitely want to ensure that we’re doing everything with PBL here at Talladega County Central.”

Lee, a 1999 graduate of Scottsboro High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from Alabama A&M in 2005, a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Samford University in 2009 and an education specialist degree in instructional leadership from Jacksonville State University in 2012.

He is wrapping up his final semester at Samford prior to completing his dissertation and graduating with a doctorate in May 2015.

“I guess you could say I like school,” Lee said of his educational exploits.

Lee noted he’s prepared for any obstacles he’ll face while taking the helm of the 225-student school for students in grades 7-12.

“Many of the students here I know,” Lee said. “I started off with a background in high school. Going to a middle school taught me a great wealth of knowledge of how the middle-schoolers react, and sometimes high-schoolers can be quite the same, but I’m for the challenge. I think it’s going to be a good fit out here working with the students, the teachers and the community.”

Lee explained he hopes to give the students plenty of experience to prepare them to be college- and career-ready while instilling more pride into the students and staff as they continue to grow within their small community.

“TC has always been a jewel in the Howell Cove community, but I want to start sharing that worldwide,” Lee said. “I really want to challenge the students to go above and beyond good.”

Having worked with one another for a year, Young expressed great confidence in Lee’s ability to continue the progress he made as principal.

“He’s going to do a great job,” Young said. “He’s highly intelligent, and he’s familiar with the community. He did a phenomenal job leading instruction, and he’s just a great asset to the community.”