ODENVILLE – With Mike Howard taking over as St. Clair County Schools superintendent in the next few days, school officials did not have to look far for his replacement as principal at St. Clair County High School.
The Board of Education recently named SCCHS assistant principal Brandon Taylor to replace Howard.
The BOE also named Janet Bloomston as the new assistant principal at SCCHS.
Taylor has been the assistant principal at SCCHS the past two and a half years. He will take over as principal Jan. 3.
Before coming to St. Clair County High, Taylor spent 10 years at Ashville Middle School as a teacher/coach.
Taylor said it is a humbling experience to be named the new principal at SCCHS.
“I’ve seen what Mr. Howard has been able to do here,” Taylor said. “I’ve been a part of that because he allowed me to do a lot as an assistant principal. I’m grateful for that. Becoming principal is a big challenge. There are a lot of things we implemented two and a half years ago when Mr. Howard hired me. Moving forward, I want to make sure we keep the ball moving in a positive direction.”
Taylor said the overall goal at SCCHS is to be the bar.
“We want to be the measuring stick not just for the county, but for the state,” he said. “I want people from all over to look at this high school and say that’s the way high schools are to be run. We want to get everything we can out of our kids. We have amazing kids here and there is no ceiling to what they can accomplish. It’s a big challenge for me, but I am looking forward to it.”
Taylor’s wife, Marisa, is director of the Early Learning Center at North Valley Church in Margaret. They have been married 16 years. They have one daughter, Allie, 10, a fifth-grader at Margaret Elementary.
Bloomston is in her third year as assistant principal at Odenville Elementary School. Before that, she had been a teacher at OES for 11 years. Before that, she was a special education aide at Moody Elementary where she worked for 10 years. Her education career started at Springville Elementary.
“I taught the very first Pre-K class in St. Clair County,” she said.
Bloomston is a 1991 graduate of SCCHS, so it’s like coming back home for her.
“My grandparents and parents graduated from here,” she said. “I am very excited about being assistant principal at SCCHS. I hope I have some characteristics within me that I can bring to the table. My main goal is to instill into the mindset of students that they can be successful in life, whatever they want to do. I want to help these students. I want them to know they are loved. I want to help them believe in themselves. My heart is here in Odenville, and I just want to make a difference.”
Bloomston has already established a relationship with at least 95 percent of these students because she taught them at OES.
Bloomston and her husband, Joel, have been married 11 years. They have two children, Molli Broom and Isan Bloomston.
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