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Devon Courtney

Middle School Principal

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Educational History:

I graduated from a small high school in 1997, Horatio High in Horatio, Ar. After graduating I attended Cossatot Community College in De Queen where I earned an Associate of Arts Degree. Next, I went on to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. After teaching for several years I attended Arkansas State University twice where I earned two different masters degrees. I recently completed the Ed. S degree in Educational Leadership/District level in May of 2020. I am currently working on my Ed.D, and will complete the Doctoral program in Educcational Leadership in 2024. 

Degrees and Certifications:

High School Diploma 1997

Associate of Arts 1999

Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education 2003

Masters Degree/Educational Theory and Practice 2011

Masters Degree/Curriculum and Instruction 2016

ESL Certification 2016

Program of Study Building Level Administrator 2017

Educational Specialist Degree 2020

Currently working on Doctor of Education 

Professional Development:

ELLA (Early Lit)

CGI (Math)

Ruby Payne Poverty

Donna Beagle Poverty

Solution Tree PLCs at Work

ISTE (Technology)

School of Innovation


RISE Trainer of Trainers

Safe Schools

ALICE (Safety Procedures)

School of Innovation


English as a Second Language/Family Engagement

21st Century After School Programming

Current Position:

I have been in education for 17 years. I began my teaching career here in Decatur. I taught Kindergarten for five years, first grade for one year and second grade for four years. After 10 years in the classroom I became the English Language Director for the school district. During this time I developed a passion for working with teachers, other leaders in addition to the wonderful students. After completing my administrator’s licensure I became the Elementary School Dean of Students and then was named K-8 Assistant Principal. During my tenure as Assistant Principal I was the director of the 21st Century SPARK after school program. 

 I currently work at the middle school (5th-8th grades) as the building principal.

Family Information:

I am a busy mom to four wonderful children ages 23, 18, 14 and 12.  The oldest works for an area mortgage lending company and is learning all about adulting. The 18 year old is at the U of A studying biology. The younger two are busy playing football for their school teams. In addition to the kiddos I have two crazy doggos who keep me about as busy as the kids. :)  

Personal Information:

The world of education is a busy one for sure and I love every minute of it. When I am not working, I enjoy working out (this helps me clear my mind and recharge/refocus), reading educational leadership books, taking short road trips and camping/boating with the family. If the word beach is involved and the time allows, you might find my toes in the sand. 

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