New principal takes helm at F.E. Burleson Elementary in Hartselle
By Cassie Kuhn
For the Enquirer
New F.E. Burleson Elementary Principal Phillip Jarmon has a background in science and math, and Hartselle Superintendent Dee Dee Jones said that makes him a good fit for the school. He was hired last week by the Hartselle school board.
Burleson is a STEM-certified school, and Jarmon started out working as a meteorologist before becoming an educator. “I started out working at the National Weather Service in Huntsville,” he said. “I taught science for nine years in Athens and ran the science lab, weather club and robotics club. I love all things hands-on.”
Jarmon, who said he’s a “continued weather aficionado,” most recently served as assistant principal at Athens Renaissance School.
He replaces Debbie Queen, who is retiring after working at F.E. Burleson for 22 years and serving as principal since 2015.
In addition to Jarmon’s nine years of experience as a teacher, his eight years of administrative experience include five years as a principal.
Jarmon, 39, is a trainer for Conscious Discipline, an organization and teaching method that “provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities,” according to consciousdiscipline.com.
He graduated from Guntersville High School before attending Snead State Community College, Athens State University and Alabama A&M, where he earned a master’s degree in structural leadership.
Jarmon said his main goal during his first year as principal at F.E.B. will be ensuring student safety during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking temperatures, keeping sanitation measures in place and communicating with families.
“I want parents to know I’m an easy person to talk to. I have an open-door policy,” Jarmon said. “I’m a very transparent person; I think transparency is important.”
Jarmon moved to Hartselle with his wife, Heather, and two daughters, who will attend F.E. Burleson.