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New principal named for Louis Pizitz Middle School

alicia hunsbergerApril 26, 2021 -- The Vestavia Hills Board of Education today named a new principal for Louis Pizitz Middle School.

In a meeting on Monday afternoon, the board approved Alicia Hunsberger, Ed.D., as the school’s principal effective July 1. 

Hunsberger has served as principal of Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights since 2016. Under her leadership, the school implemented several initiatives to boost character education and community involvement.

The school’s comprehensive focus on character development, “Safe and Happy Heights,” earned a 2020 National School of Character Award from Character.org. The school also organized the Heights Heroes 5K and Heroes Challenge Fun Run, which has become a popular annual event providing thousands of dollars in support for the school.

Hunsberger led Cahaba Heights during a period of significant expansion of the school’s footprint. The school opened a new gymnasium, media center and classroom wing in the past five years and also expanded its cafeteria.

Hunsberger replaces Chris Pennington, Ed.D., who in March was selected to serve as the school system’s Director of Assessment and Accountability. Pennington will also transition into his new role July 1.

Reached by phone today, Hunsberger said it was a “bittersweet moment” to move from Cahaba Heights to Pizitz. 

“I’ve had so many wonderful experiences at Cahaba Heights that I will always treasure, and it’s been a joy to work alongside the most incredible educators. I’m also honored to have the privilege of leading another world-class group of teachers and staff at Pizitz,” Hunsberger said.

“The team at Pizitz does extraordinary work to help children transition through their middle school years into young adults, and I look forward to joining them in that work,” she added.

Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Todd Freeman, Ed.D., spoke highly of Hunsberger’s service during the Monday meeting.

“Dr. Hunsberger is an exceptional leader who pours her heart and soul into her students and staff. I am excited to see her lead the great staff at Louis Pizitz Middle School forward,” Freeman said.