Kyzer named principal at Parrish Elementary

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/12/17

PARRISH — After 16 years in the Walker County Schools’ system, Thomas Kyzer has been named principal of the school he has wished to lead for many years.

Kyzer has been named principal of Parrish Elementary School, coming from Curry Middle …

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Kyzer named principal at Parrish Elementary

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PARRISH — After 16 years in the Walker County Schools’ system, Thomas Kyzer has been named principal of the school he has wished to lead for many years.

Kyzer has been named principal of Parrish Elementary School, coming from Curry Middle School where he has served as assistant principal since 2011.

When Kyzer graduated from Athens State University at 2001, he took his first teaching position at Dora High School. He taught biology and physical science there for three years before making the transition to Parrish High School to teach chemistry, physics and anatomy from 2005 to 2011.

Kyzer is a graduate of T.W. Martin School, which was located in Goodsprings, just outside of the heart of Parrish.

“I’m from this area, so I’m excited about being back,” Kyzer said in his new office at Parrish Elementary last week. “I really love the town and have a good working relationship with Mayor Hall. We have a lot of ideas and just want to be a team, a family, with the school and community.”

Kyzer describes Parrish Elementary as “the best kept secret in the county.” He said enrollment is up at the school, thanks to a new Pre-K program that will welcome 18 additional students.

Aside from sprucing things up at the school, Kyzer said one of the first things he wants to do as principal is to implement new clubs to increase student involvement.

“We want to allow the students to have more options. ... That’s going to be our main focus,” he said.

Kyzer added he will miss Curry Middle School, but he had hoped the principal position at Parrish Elementary would one day become available to give him the opportunity to serve his hometown.

“I enjoyed working at Curry Middle School. I had an awesome relationship with Dr. Wilson. I learned a lot from him. I’m going to miss Curry Middle School, but I’m looking forward to coming back home to Parrish,” Kyzer said. “It’s like a family. All the teachers are dedicated and have a passion for working with the students, making sure the students are successful. It’s just an awesome place.”

Kyzer said when he isn’t at work he enjoys spending time with his children, Bella and Judson.