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Meet New BPES Principal: Mrs. Ami Weems

Ami Weems

October 26, 2018

(HCS) - The Hoover school board this morning approved Deer Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Ami Weems as the new principal for Bluff Park Elementary School.

Weems will replace Terry Lamar, who on Oct. 3 was promoted to the new position of director of equity and educational initiatives in the Hoover school system’s central office.

Weems said she was very excited and “beyond blessed” to be the new principal at Bluff Park. She said she will begin splitting time between Deer Valley and Bluff Park on Monday, Oct. 29, and likely move full-time into the principal role around Nov. 7.

This is her 17th year in education, all of which has been at Deer Valley Elementary. She started there as a physical education teacher when Deer Valley opened in 2001 and served 11 years in that role. She earned a certificate in education leadership and administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008 and was appointed assistant principal at Deer Valley in 2011 when Assistant Principal Scott Mitchell was named principal at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School.

Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy said there were some terrific candidates for the Bluff Park principal job, but Weems distinguished herself as the person who was best ready to lead Bluff Park Elementary.

“I’m particularly excited as I see our assistant principals preparing themselves for the next step,” Murphy said.

Weems has spent several years under the tutelage of Deer Valley Principal Wayne Richardson, and Richardson always makes sure his assistants get their hands in as much as possible, Murphy said. Weems has had a lot of opportunities to lead in her school, she said.

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