5th Grade Social Studies & Language Arts
Mrs. McCall received her teaching degree in Elementary Education from Alabama A&M University. She began teaching first grade in Clayton County Georgia in 2003 and continued until 2005 when she married and moved back to Huntsville, Alabama. She continued teaching for Madison County from 2006-2009. Mrs. McCall joined the Holy Family staff in 2009. She resides in Harvest with her husband Marcus, their daughters Avery and Alyse, and their dog Griffin. Mrs. McCall enjoys reading, the fine arts, and traveling to dance competitions with Alyse.
Mrs. Rachael Wilson
5th and 6th Grade Science and Math
Mrs Wilson has 3 years of experience with a bachelors degree and is currently pursuing a masters degree.
Hobbies/Talents: I absolutely love science! I am also a big fan of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I am the Science Olympiad coach here at Holy Family. I am passionate about teaching and am a life long learner as a result of that passion. I worked in special education before coming to Holy Family, and due to that experience I incorporate many different activities and experiments into my class.
Mr. Gene Altman
6th-8th Grade Social Studies
Hello my name is Gene Altman and I just received my bachelors in Secondary Education with a focus on History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I previously graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa back in 2010 with a bachelors in History. I am looking forward to be able to teach. I am ready for a rewarding career shaping the young minds of our next generation.
I believe a huge component in the classroom is respect. If you gain the respect of your students they will respect you. This means you as a educator getting to know your students is crucial . When you gain their respect in the classroom it makes teaching a lot easier. Classroom management will be less of an issue therefore allowing you to focus more on your lesson and figuring out what strategies you would like to use. My overall goal is to gain the respect of my students. So I can relate to them and pass on the knowledge they need to succeed not just in the classroom, but in life.
Personal Goals for Student Teaching
Learn how to use different strategies proficiently
Improve my classroom management skills
Gain the respect of my students
Become a positive role model for my students
Become the greatest teacher this world as every seen
Mr. Billy Roy
Math Specialist 6th-8th Grade
Holy Family's new Middle School Math Teacher and Math Team Coach! Mr. Roy comes to us with 32 years experience as an educator (teacher, counselor, administrator, and Special Education Coordinator. He served as a Math Coach for several years and was twice chosen as Arab City's Secondary Teacher of the Year! We are thrilled you are joining our Holy Family!
Mrs. Alana Burks
7th Grade and 8th Grade Science/8th Grade Advanced Language Arts
27 years experience teaching middle school-aged students
Bachelor of Science, University of Alabama, Secondary Education, science and English
Master's degree, University of Alabama, Secondary Education, Biology
Nationally Board Certified 2005 and 2015, Early Adolescent Science
Secondary Teacher of the Year, Cullman City and Arab City Schools
Married to Johnny Burks, teacher and tennis coach at JPII. Coach Burks has 30 years of teaching and coaching experience and is a USPTA certified tennis professional instructor.
Daughter and Son-in-Law:
Abby Burks Jacobs, RN, BSN, Madison Hospital
Preston Jacobs, system's test engineer, Jacob's Technology, ESSSA
Mrs. Burks comes from a long line of educators. Both of her parents, Barbara and Wayne Trimble, are retired educators with almost 70 combined years of teaching experience. Her sister, Adriane Trimble Hunt, is also a middle school teacher at Arab Junior High School with 23 years experience.
In her spare time, Mrs. Burks enjoys traveling, reading, and enjoying her two dogs, Roscoe and Deuce.
Mrs. Burks is a resident of downtown Huntsville and a parishioner of Saint Mary of the Visitation.
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts Specialist
Ms. Shaw holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education with English from Northern Arizona University with a minor in History. She taught for years in the Arizona Public School System before deciding to move to Alabama in order to be closer to family. Ms. Shaw enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and playing fetch with her two dogs.
6th Grade Language Arts/Resource
I have 8 years teaching experience. My Bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education and my Master's is in Special Education. Both degrees are from the University of Kentucky. My certifications are in Elementary Education and in Learning and Behavior Disorders K-12. I am recently trained in the Orton-Gillingham Associate program.
I have two children that will be attending Holy Family, and enjoy spending time with them, my husband, exercising, and being outdoors.