Mrs. Kathy Miller
Hometown: Cullman, Alabama
Kathy Miller completed her graduate work in education and her administrative certification at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has twenty years of experience in the field of education and previously taught at Cullman High School, Oak Mountain High School, and Wallace State Community College. Prior to becoming an educator, Mrs. Miller worked for more than fifteen years in business in the healthcare industry. She is married to Jim Miller and they have three grown children: Ben, Leah, and Emily.
Mrs. Goodwin grew up in Shelby County and a graduate of the Shelby County school system. She attended Jefferson State community college where she studied business and accounting. Mrs. Goodwin has over 20 years’ experience in office administration and education. Prior to coming to the DAY Program, Mrs. Goodwin worked for the Shelby County Board of Education for 16 years as a State of Alabama Highly qualified Paraeducator in Special Education.
Mrs. Goodwin and her husband, Keith have been married for 23 years and have two children. Their son Christopher plays wheelchair basketball for the Lakeshore Foundation and their daughter Cydnee is a freshman at Troy University.
Mrs. Goodwin's hobbies are photography, music, dancing, and cooking. She is also a big sports fan, Roll Tide! But her favorite thing to do is spending time with her family.
Mr. Bill Simpson
Bill Simpson has his bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a master's degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He and his wife Susan have two grown children, Jeffrey and Abbie, who live in the Birmingham area. His hobbies are golf, fishing (even on slow days), rocking on the porch with Susan, and eating fried chicken after church on Sunday.
Ms. Christy Hayes
Ms.Hayes grew up in Homewood, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama and received her master's degree in Secondary Education from U.A.B. Ms. Hayes enjoys reading, cooking, travel and going to the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Mr. Darren Popwell
Mr. Popwell was born and raised in Clanton, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Montevallo. Mr. Popwell and his wife, Carol, have 3 daughters. He has been at the DAY Program for 8 years and enjoys sports of all kinds. Mr. Popwell teaches the ROPES course at the DAY Program and is an avid fan of Alabama football.
Mrs. Jordan Brooks
Mrs. Brooks grew up in Pelham, Alabama, and graduated from PHS in 2007. She graduated from LSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a concentration in secondary education. Prior to coming to the DAY Program, Mrs. Brooks taught 10th and 11th grade history at Childersburg High School. During her freshman year of college, Mrs. Brooks met her future husband and they married in June, 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and watching LSU football.
Mr. Jerry Creel
Science/Math/Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Creel earned an ALA from Oakland Community College in Michigan, and both a BA and a MA degree from Oakland University; he also holds a MBA degree from Amberton University. He has earned Alabama department of Education teaching certificates in: Agriscience, Business & marketing Education, Career Technologies, English, English as a Second Language, English L:anguage Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, General Science, General Social Science, Health Education, Mathematics, Physical Education, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Mr. Creel is an avid reader – of about 150 or more books per year – and enjoys spending time with his wife and family.
Mrs. Leslie Gilmore
Mrs. Gilmore graduated from the University of Montevallo, and prior to coming to the DAY Program spent 19 years as a counselor with the Jefferson County school system. She has been with the DAY Program for 5 years. Mrs. Gilmore and her husband Joe have a nine year old son. She teaches courses in Healthy Choices and Health. Mrs. Gilmore enjoys hiking, camping, travel and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Regina Cherry
Mrs. Cherry grew up in Alabaster, Alabama and has been married for 32 years. She has two adult children, and one grandson. Mrs. Cherry has been working with youth for more than 25 years, and in education for 17 of those. She enjoys time with family, photography, gardening, cooking, and bargain hunting.
Mrs. Gardner is a native of Shelby County but has traveled all over the United States as a military child. She is married to a U.S. Soldier and still enjoys seeing other places. Mrs. Gardner graduated with her Bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo and her Master’s from Troy University. She is a LPC and has began working on her PsyD.
Tahuna Duke graduated from Alabama State University with a BS in psychology and a MS in counseling. She has extensive experiences working with both adolescent and at-risk populations, as well as substance-abuse treatment issues. She believes that every student has the potential to succeed and that everyone can live a healthy and productive life. When not at work, Tahuna enjoys both traveling and exploring new restaurants with her spouse; she considers herself a "Foodie," in that she loves dining at restaurants in and out of town.
Ms. Zina Cartwell
Ms. Cartwell has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Faulkner University, a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Ministry International, and a master’s degree in human services from Capella University. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in human services. Ms. Cartwell is the founder of I Heard You Cry for Help, LLC, a motivational speaking company and a self-published author. Prior to coming to the DAY Program, she was the prevention coordinator at Chilton Shelby Mental Health and the Supporting Families Initiative Case Manager at family Connection. Ms. Cartwell is a native of Montevallo and a proud mother of two, Devin and Maya. She is an active member of the Harvest Place Christian Church, where she serves as the College Ministry Director.