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Board of Education names new student services director

Jennifer Bailey June 25, 2019 -- The Vestavia Hills Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of a new Director of Student Services.

The Board hired VHCS Curriculum and Instruction Specialist Jennifer Bailey as the new director. Bailey will move into the position on July 1 when current director, Aimee Rainey, Ed.D., becomes the school system’s Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.

Bailey has worked in VHCS for the past three years planning and coordinating hundreds of hours of professional development for the school system’s middle and high school teachers. As Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Bailey led implementation of a three-year teacher mentoring program, helped teachers and administrators develop professional learning plans, and facilitated activities for the school system’s Teacher Leaders Cohort. 

Bailey has worked in public schools for the past 15 years as an English teacher and led Peer Helper programs in the Shelby County school system to address student wellness and at-risk student intervention. She was a co-founder of the Central Alabama Peer Helper Association and has presented to peer program groups on the state and national level. 

Bailey said Monday she was looking forward to serving teachers and administrators in a role that emphasizes student wellness. 

“Our strategic planning process this year has brought to light the critical need of social and emotional wellness for our children. I’m very excited to partner with our teachers as they focus on these issues and the needs of the entire student,” Bailey said.

“Ms. Bailey has done outstanding work as a program specialist with Vestavia Hills City Schools since 2016,” Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Todd Freeman, Ed.D., said Monday. “In her role as Director of Student Services, she will provide excellent leadership in strengthening supports for students that lead to academic success.”