James McLeod, a long-time educator and school administrator has been announced as the principal of Sumiton Christian School beginning with the 2020-21 academic school year.McLeod takes over over for …
James McLeod, a long-time educator and school administrator has been announced as the principal of Sumiton Christian School beginning with the 2020-21 academic school year.
McLeod takes over over for Dr. Cheryl Capps, who retired after leading the school since 2008.
McLeod stated the opportunity to work in a Christian school, where the needs of a student's education is enriched alongside of a deeper relationship with God, is one he has long sought out.
"God has place a calling on my life and on my family's life to serve him more. To have the opportunity to serve at a school like Sumiton Christian is one that could not be turned down," McLeod said. "I know the reach and strength of the school, along with the quality of graduates that Sumiton Christian has turned out over the years — to be part of it is something I'm excited to be a part of."
A 1988 graduate of Hueytown High School, McLeod obtained his degrees from the University of Alabama and UAB. He has taught and been a principal at several schools in Jefferson County, including McAdory, Minor Junior High, West Jefferson Elementary and Corner.
"I became familiar with Sumiton Christian while coaching at Corner when the Eagles had just made the move to joining the Alabama High School Athletic Association. We competed against them in a variety of sports - they were very competitive and Christ-centered," McLeod said. "I always enjoyed seeing them across the field and they left a great impression."
Due to the limitations of school closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, McLeod's chance to meet his future students has been limited, but his meetings with his new staff members has made him feel welcome.
"I've worked very closely with Dr. Capps and (Sumiton Church of God) Pastor Victor Massey over the last several months in preparing for my transition, as well as meeting the faculty and staff at the school. They do a tremendous job as evidenced in the performance of the graduates when the get to the college level," McLeod said. "I look forward to working with such and outstanding staff."