Troy Kelley named next Valley High Principal

Published 1:35 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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Troy Kelley has been named as the next principal at Valley High School. Dr. Casey Chambley, Chambers County School’d Superintendent, submitted Kelley’s nomination to the board for approval at the Monday, May 20 meeting of the Chambers County School District’s board members.

Chambley continued noting, “Troy Kelley’s work ethic and commitment to making a difference with student achievement was most evident during the interview process.” Dr. Chambley added that five finalists were pulled from the applicant pool and the committee’s recommendation for Mr. Kelley was unanimous.

Mr. Kelley will begin transitioning to his new role as the Valley High School principal next week while balancing his remaining duties as principal for Inspire Academy. Next year will mark Troy Kelley’s 34 th year working in the field of education.

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Prior to his role as Principal at Inspire Academy, Kelley taught English at Long Cane Middle School in Troup County as well as serving as an English teacher at Arnold Magnet School in Muscogee County. From 2020-21, Mr. Kelley served as the Director of Adult Education at Southern Union Community College in Opelika. He relocated with his family to Chambers County after retiring as an educator in Tennessee in 2018 to serve as the Director of Academics at Springwood School until 2020.

During his 27-plus years as a Tennessee educator, Kelley served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, middle school principal, high school assistant principal and district-wide K-12 instructional coach with the Sevier County School System in Sevierville, TN. Kelley and his wife, Karen relocated to Chambers County, Alabama building their home on family land in Fredonia in 2018. They have two children, Jonah who is employed with Thalmus and Kyndall who will be a rising junior studying English and Journalism at Auburn University this fall.

Troy Kelley earned his Bachelor of Science in English from Carson Newman University in 1990. He later went on to earn his Masters in Teaching in 1995 from Carson Newman University. In 1997, he earned his Educational Specialist, ED. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. He and his wife, Karen reside in Fredonia. Mr. Kelley is excited to have this new opportunity to serve as principal for Valley High School serving the students and staff for Chambers County.