Administration & Staff


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At BA since 2006

Julie Kelly


Mrs. Julie Kelly is the Headmaster at Bessemer Academy. She has been at Bessemer Academy for ten years. She attended the University of Montevallo. She holds a MA in Administration and BA and MA in Physical Education. Mrs. Kelly has been married 14 years to Johnny Kelly and has five children and five grandchildren. She is retired from Jefferson County School System where she served 32 years. She was principal for 18 years at Bagley Junior High School prior to coming to Bessemer Academy. She spent her early years in the county school system as a P.E. instructor. Mrs. Kelly is an active member of the North Highlands Baptist Church. Her favorite hobbies are sports and reading. Her favorite genre of music is pop. Mrs. Kelly is very dedicated to her job here at Bessemer Academy and constantly looking for ways to better the education for the students. Her favorite aspect about Bessemer Academy is the Christian spirit. Her motto verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

At BS since 2015

Jerri Lynn Morrow

Guidance Counselor, at BA since 2015

Mrs. Jerri Lynn Morrow is Bessemer Academy’s school counselor. This is Mrs. Morrow’s second year here at BA, and she is looking forward to another great year with all the students, teachers, parents and faculty at BA. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Montevallo before going back to her high school alma mater, Dora High School, to teach music and English. She eventually became the school counselor. After 14 years she transferred to Pleasant Grove High School, and recently retired from the Jefferson County School system. Having served at only two schools for the past thirty-something years, it is obvious that she loves to plant roots and establish relationships. Away from school Mrs. Morrow spends her spare time with her family and friends and enjoys church activities, traveling, reading, music, singing and hand bells. Mrs. Morrow’s favorite bible verse is Ephesians 4:32, “Be ye kind one to another; tenderhearted forgiving one another.”

Carla Perry

Administrative Assistant, IT Director

Mrs. Perry graduated from Jess Lanier High School in 1985. After High School, she majored in accounting at Bessemer State Technical College where she graduated in 1988. After her college graduation, she worked at the Bessemer Public Library for 27 years. Mrs. Perry has been at Bessemer Academy for 9 years, and she loves the Christian-based environment. She has a son that is in the 11th grade at Bessemer Academy. Mrs. Perry and her husband Roy have been married for 19 years. Her family loves high school and college football (War Eagle and Go Rebels!). Lastly, Mrs. Perry loves to spend her free time in the summer at the beach.

Kristy Nolen

Administrative Assistant, at BA since 2014

Kristy Nolen is the registrar at Bessemer Academy. Prior to becoming Bessemer Academy registrar she was a substitute teacher. Mrs. Nolen graduated Hueytown High School. Mrs. Nolen later received her BS in management in 1995 and her MBA in 2000 from Samford University.  She has been proudly married to her husband, Andy Nolen for almost 20 years. She and her husband have two beautiful kids, Luke who is 15 and Ella who is 12 years old. During the little spare time Mrs. Nolen has she loves to spend time with her family. Nevertheless she enjoys the friendly atmosphere here at BA and the warmth she receives from the kids.

Jill Stephens


Jill Stephens is the bookkeeper at Bessemer Academy. She graduated from McAdory High School and later went to Bessemer Tech to obtain her secretary degree. Jill is the mother of two students from BA, Bailey (class of 2014) and Brianne (11th grade.) Mrs. Stephens and her husband Scott have been married for 23 years.   In her spare time, she enjoys reading and  high school and college football (Roll Tide and Go Rebels).   Bessemer Academy is special to Jill because it is a home environment and she loves the family atmosphere.

Susan Nelson

At BA since 2011

Dr. Susan Nelson

Media Specialist

Susan graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, the University of Alabama at Birmingham with the Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees, and the University of Alabama with the Master of Library and Information Studies and Doctor of Education degrees. She taught at Oak Grove Elementary School for four years, Hueytown Elementary School for thirty years, Hueytown Middle School for four years, and the University of Alabama for eleven years. Susan has been married to Roger “Corky” Nelson for forty-four years, and they have two sons. In her free time, she loves to travel, take care of her grandchildren, and listen to ZZ Top. She loves Bessemer Academy because of the wonderful faculty and students, and has been teaching here for five years.


Jane Winters

Media Specialist

Jane graduated from Hueytown High School. She graduated from Auburn University and UAB with a Masters degree in elementary education. She has taught at Concord Elementary, Hueytown Elementary, and she has been a field supervisor for UAB student teachers. She has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 40 years. She has two children, Josh and Jana, and two grandchildren, Pierce and Cruz. She has a dog named Sky. She loves Pop music and her favorite band is the Beach Boys. She loves Bessemer Academy because the students are awesome.



Amy Bryant

Lunchroom Manager


Mrs. Amy Bryant is serving here at Bessemer Academy as the lunchroom manager. She is a graduate of Hueytown High School. Mrs. Amy is married to David Bryant, and they have been married for 18 years. She has 3 children and they all have attended Bessemer Academy. She owned Bryant Seafood and Magan’s Creamery for 15 years prior to coming to Bessemer Academy. Her favorite genre of music is country. Her favorite aspects of Bessemer Academy are the staff and faculty and the the sense of family. Her favorite pastime is to go fishing. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”


Kathy Diggins

Lunchroom Assistant

Mrs. Diggins has been working at B.A. for 9 years. She has two kids that go here. She has been married to Ronnie Diggins Sr. for 29 years. She loves working with the staff at B.A. She says, “we are just a big happy family.”










Debra Napier

Lunchroom Assistant

Mrs. Napier works in the lunchroom at Bessemer Academy as an assistant. She has been working at Bessemer Academy for 8 years. She is married to Mike Napier and has been married for 34 years. She has 3 children and 2 of them have attended Bessemer Academy. Mrs. Napier was a florist for 30 years prior to working at Bessemer Academy. Her favorite pastime is to work in her flowerbed. Her favorite musician is Jackson Browne. Her favorite aspect of Bessemer Academy is seeing children who love being at school. Her motto verse is Jeremiah 29:11.





Chris Smith


Chris Smith is the janitor and certified fix-everything guy at Bessemer Academy. He puts his time day in and day out to help Bessemer Academy run smoothly year round. Mr. Chris graduated from West Blocton in 1989. His favorite aspect of Bessemer Academy is our football program and watching them strive for victory. Two of his kids also attended BA, CJ (c/o 2012) and Chase Smith (c/o 2015). Both played football, which jolted Chris into the Rebel spirit!






Kathy Strength


Kathy Strength is the new janitor at Bessemer Academy. She graduated from West End High School and married Johnnie Strength. They have been married for 45 years. They live with their 3 dogs and their cat. She volunteers at Grace Place because she loves to clean and help people. She came to work here because of our pure and Christian environment. Our passion and love for the Lord really impressed her and she hopes we continue our growth as a school physically and spiritually.


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