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Dr. Phyllis French

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Alabama State Department of Education

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  • education specialist degree
    University of Montevallo
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Habitat For Humanity Baldwin County [cached]
Dr. Phyllis French, Alabama State Department of Education Director:
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Last Thursday afternoon proved an emotion-charged day for Shelby, AL's retiring School of Technology principal Phyllis French.
Last Thursday afternoon proved an ... [cached]
Last Thursday afternoon proved an emotion-charged day for Shelby, AL's retiring School of Technology principal Phyllis French.
Last Thursday afternoon proved an ... [cached]
Last Thursday afternoon proved an emotion-charged day for Shelby, AL's retiring School of Technology principal Phyllis French.
French has been principal at the SOT since 2000.A reception was held in her honor last week at the school.In attendance were school officials, community leaders, family and friends.
And to French's surprise, a new garden at the school was dedicated in her honor.
The engraving on a stone plaque at the garden, which included painted stones and a birdbath with a statue, reads, "This garden is dedicated to the honor of Phyllis French in gratitude for the vision, courage and leadership she brought to this campus from 2000 to 2005."
French received her education specialist degree from the University of Montevallo.She taught what was then called home economics at Thompson Middle School and family and consumer science at Thompson High School for 11 years.
"I called Phyllis into my office.I said, 'I want you out to the School of Technology until further notice.' She said, 'Yes, sir.'"
Major said French had many successes and improved programs.
Headrick noted that enrollment at the school increased from 289 students to 513 students and called that a tribute to French as well.
"Nearing closure at the end of the 1999-2000 school year, SOT became the 'phoenix that rose from the ashes' as Phyllis French took flight at SOT's new principal during the summer of 2000."
French used a collaborative team approach to gather teachers and staff to promote shared responsibility.
"She boosted teacher morale from an all-time low to an inspiring high by leading us as a team to believe in ourselves in ways we never thought possible."
French led staff, students and community volunteers to paint, clean, decorate and restructure departments and to landscape the previously decaying campus.
"She solicited financial aid to add state-of-the-art technology and equipment to academic classrooms and technical departments.In relentless pursuit of turning a dream into a reality, Mrs. French persuaded the county to construct a student and visitor parking area on the barren front lawn.She set academic goals that were not only reached but also surpassed," the statement said.
"SOT now houses three schools within one campus with two full-time counselors."And, "The Career Technical Programs have expanded from eight to now offering 13 diverse fields for certification."
But, "Much more interestingly, Mrs. French has added additional tutoring services for academic remediation classes, a health class and night school that services all eight county high school's failing seniors.
"She continues to recruit business sponsors.Inspiring school recognition, Mrs. French has led our faculty and staff to achieve SAC accreditation in 2003-2004.Just recently, during spring 2005, SOT has been honored as one of Alabama's CLAS Banner Schools.Obviously, that's why she is, without a doubt, the "wind beneath our wings."
Following the presentation, French said her actual retirement date would be June 29.
"At first I was excited, then I got teary-eyed," she said.
But she said her husband retired seven years ago and the two were looking forward to doing some things together.
"I've never regretted one day being in education … I've loved coming to work."
She said teachers, students and their parents have embraced her.
Student Ashley Pearce said of French, "She's kind of like a mom to everyone because she cares so much.
Career Academy Students at the SOT have also expressed appreciation for French.
Alabama Department of Education: Career/Technical Web Site > Schools > Administration Resources > Career/Technical County Directors Search [cached]
Phyllis French (Data Contact)School of Technology701 Highway 70Columbiana, AL 35051Phone: (205) 682-6588Fax: (205) 682-6655
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