Paige Turk

At BA since 2000


Paige Turk is a bubbly K3 teacher at Bessemer Academy, where she has been sharing her smile for 18 years. She has three children who have attended BA, Brooke (c/o 2002,) Koley (c/o 2006) and Kiley (2018.) She also has two granddaughters in Bessemer Academy, Tyler (1st grade) and Harper (K3.) Paige’s favorite thing about Bessemer Academy is receiving all the hugs and kisses from her adorable class and installing important values in their lives. When she is not at BA, she enjoys shopping, something everyone here loves about Paige.

Jennifer Wildman


Mrs. Wildman graduated from Hueytown High School and she has been teaching at Bessemer Academy for six years. She has been married for 18 years and has a daughter, named Kaila, that attends Bessemer Academy (11th grade).  Mrs. Wildman loves all of her students.

Susan Smith


Mrs. Smith graduated from Bessemer Academy in 2015. She recently graduated from Lawson State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She started K4 here at Bessemer Academy. It has always felt like her second home, and it still does to this day. Mrs. Smith looks forward to growing closer to each and every child that God allows her path to cross with here at B.A.

Jeanne Kitchens


Mrs. Jeanne Kitchens is one of our K4 teachers here at Bessemer Academy and has been with us for the past 6 years. She has 12 years total teaching experience, 7 years here and 5 years at Sherman Elementary. She went to college at Baptist Bible College in Boston, Massachusetts and is certified to teach through ACSI. Mrs. Kitchens has been married to her wonderful husband for 27 years, Joe Kitchens, who is pastor of North Highlands Baptist Church. They have 4 children. Their second oldest, Rachel, is employed at Bessemer Academy, and their youngest two both graduated from BA. She enjoys watching her children play sports and helping with the Children’s activities at her church. She enjoys listening to Christian music, and her favorite artist is Steven Curtis Cha





Nina Farrington


Nina has worked for Bessemer Academy for many years. She works in the preschool because she loves teaching and watching the children grow. Nina graduated from moody in 1991. Nina has been married to Chris for 20 years, and they have two kids Clay (Graduated) and Josh (Sophomore) that attend B.A. Also “Josh Was Here”~Joshua Farrington, 2017.





Lori Bateh

Preschool Aide

Lori Bateh graduated from West Blocton High school. After high school, she attended Shelton State where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She has two children that both attend Bessemer Academy, CJ  (9th grade)  and Christian (6th grade). She likes Bessemer Academy because of the close-knit family atmosphere and the wonderful education her children receive. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach.




Jamie Mangione 


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