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Meet Your Principal

Hello, I am Shea Essman, principal at Woodstock Elementary School. This is my twenty-fifth year as an educator, and my tenth year as a principal. I thoroughly enjoy working at Woodstock Elementary School, serving our local community, students, parents, and coworkers. I never imagined myself as a principal, but with the encouragement of my mentor, I was led to this path. Being a principal is one of the most rewarding roles I have been allowed to experience. I am thankful for the support and encouragement given to me, leading me to this path of leadership. It is my belief, that each child can also travel unimaginable paths of success with the support and encouragement of their parents, teachers, and role models.
My school journey began in 1977 when I first entered the Kindergarten doors of West Blocton Elementary School. I attended WBES for grades K-6 before entering seventh grade at West Blocton High School. I attended WBHS until graduation in 1990. My college years were at the University of Alabama, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education in 1994. I was fortunate to begin teaching in 1994 at Randolph Elementary School for my first two years of teaching. I transferred to Woodstock Elementary School in 1996, my home away from home. At WES, I have enjoyed teaching fourth grade, first grade, kindergarten, served as reading coach and principal. During my teaching career, I have returned to college 3 additional times at the University of Montevallo. Degrees earned at Montevallo include a Masters in Early Childhood, Masters in Administration, and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership.
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Education Specialist
Instructional Leadership
University of Montevallo
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Administration Certification
University of Montevallo
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Master of Education
 Early Childhood
 University of Alabama
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Bachelor of Science
 Early Childhood/Elementary
 University of Alabama