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OMIS says goodbye to Linda Maxwell Oak Mountain Intermediate School principal Dr. Linda Maxwell retired at the end of this school year. Maxwell has been principal of OMIS since October 1998. Prior to working in the Shelby County School system, she was employed by Homewood City Schools for 18 years, first as a teacher at Edgewood Elementary School. She taught third grade her first year and moved to fourth grade for the last 13. In 1994, she became an instructional support specialist for the Homewood system and moved to HallKent Elementary. That position eventually turned into assistant principal.    Maxwell’s plans for retirement include spending more time with her children and four grandchildren, all girls. She also plans to spend time writing, painting and traveling.  “My husband and I have a travel bucket list,” Maxwell said.  “The first on the list is a 30-day cruise from Hong Kong to Australia.”  Maxwell said she would eventually love to be a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. With nearly 14 years of her career as an educator being spent at OMIS, she said she will miss “everything” about the school. “Specifically, though, I’ll miss pinning ribbons on students during our character education assemblies when they have achieved a goal,” Maxwell said. “I’ll miss seeing their refreshing smiles each day and hearing comments like, ‘Good Morning, Dr. M., you are a great storyteller, and by


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Dr. Linda Maxwell retired as principal of Oak Mountain Intermediate School this year.

the way, those are cool shoes.’” Maxwell said she’ll miss working with her wonderful staff and saluting the flag each day. She’s calculated that she’s done that about 6,000 times in her career. “I’ll miss partnering with parents to bring good things to OMIS,” she said. “That has been so rewarding. This community is amazing.” Last but not least, Maxwell said she will miss the social interaction with her teachers: “They are wonderful professionals and great individuals.  They have all been a part of my family life for so long, and I will treasure the memories. I will miss working with a faculty and staff that places the needs and well-being of children first.”    

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$209 Per Week $749 Per Month The Vestavia Hills Elementary at Liberty Park PTO presented Helen Holley with a “Mrs. Holley Scholarship plaque” in honor of her recent retirement. Photo courtesy of Molly Hagood.

Helen Holley, principal of Vestavia Hills Elementary at Liberty Park, retired this year after serving as the school’s principal since it opened in 1999. Holley said her first group of kindergarten students graduated high

school this year, and she felt that was a good time to mark the end of her career at Liberty Park Elementary. She will be greatly missed by her faculty and staff as she starts a new chapter in her life.

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Riverchase/Pelham 1902 Highway 31 South, 35244 The New Neighbors League Club, who assist recently relocated ladies in adapting to the Birmingham area, has announced their new executive board: Tricia Sadowski, secretary; Sheila Poinsett of Greystone Farms, treasurer; Chela Stephenson-Colvin of Inverness, president; Dorothy Veil, second vice president; and Jeanne Bearden, first vice president. For more information on the club and their social and charitable activities, contact Nancy Ladshaw at newneighborsal@gmail. com. Photo courtesy of the New Neighbors League Club.


280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama

280 Living June 2012  

News, sports and entertainment for the 280 Corridor south of Birmingham, Alabama