MCSS Directors

  • Rachel Ballard, Director of Equity and Innovation

    Dr. Rachel Ballard has worked in the field of education and community development for almost 20 years. She has served as a teacher, academic dean, principal, head of school, a consultant for both national and international schools, and most recently as the executive director of Village of Promise. Under Dr. Ballard’s leadership, she has witnessed increased student and family engagement, improved standardized test scores, enhanced community collaboration, and has led fundraising efforts that have totaled over $20 million. She holds an undergraduate degree from Liberty University, a Master’s degree in Education from Regent University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration from Capella University. She has also studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, at The Principals’ Institute at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, and Cornell University School of Professional Studies. Dr. Ballard participated in the Madison County United Way Leadership Social Services class of 2017 and is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County F-35 and L-31. Dr. Ballard has received numerous awards and recognitions for outstanding educational and community leadership. She is married to Kent Ballard, Jr., who is also an ardent educator. They have three sons, Gabriel, Joseph, and Luke. Her passion to educate, equip, and encourage, students, their families, educators, and the community, fuels her commitment to serve.

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  • Kevin Creekmore, Director of Transportation

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  • Joe Cuzzort, Director of Operations

    Mr. Cuzzort came to Madison County Schools in June 2014 as the Supervisor of Maintenance and Construction. He became the Director of Operations on August 20, 2019. His role as the Director of Operations encompasses operations, construction, facility maintenance, and custodial services for the Madison County School System. He has over thirty years of experience in the construction industry. He enjoyed a successful twenty seven year career with Thompson Tractor, a Caterpillar Equipment Dealer. Cuzzort owned and managed Saylor Developers, LLC from 1998-2017 as a residential home builder, building speculative and custom homes in the North Alabama area. Along with residential construction, he served as a job superintendent on commercial jobs from central to north Alabama. He and his wife, Kellye, own and operate Cuzzort Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Whiskers in Madison, Alabama, serving two thousand clients per month with fourteen team members. They have two wonderful children; Saylor, a senior, and Ethan, a sophomore at Sparkman High School.

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  • Ken Kubik, Director of Personnel

    Kenneth Kubik serves as the Direct of Personnel for the Madison County School System. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Southern Oregon University and earned a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science from National University while working as a Police Officer in California. Upon completion of a Teaching Credential Program from Humboldt State University, he and his family relocated to Madison County Alabama to begin his career as an educator. While teaching at Hazel Green Middle School, he earned a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University and subsequently an Educational Specialist Degree from Jacksonville State University. Over his 25 year career, Mr. Kubik has served as an Educator, Coach, Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Secondary Education, Coordinator of Personnel and Pupil Services, Director of Personnel and Pupil Services, and the Interim Superintendent. He is a member of the Alabama Association of Personnel Administrators, the Alabama Association of School Business Officials, and an alumni of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Class 28. Mr. Kubik is married to Jamie who is the Madison County Virtual School Counselor and together they have four sons, four granddaughters, and three grandsons.

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  • Karen O'Bannon, Chief Schools Financial Officer

    Karen O’Bannon has been employed with the Madison County Board of Education since 2004 as the Chief School Finance Officer. Prior to her employment with the Board, she worked with the State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for 19 years as an auditor of governmental entities, including school districts across the State. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a B.S. Degree in Accounting. Karen is married to Randy O’Bannon and they have one son, Clark.

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  • Nikki Rodman, Director of Information Technology

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  • Mary Stump, Director of Special Education

    Mary Stump has been employed by the Madison County School District since 1992. She has served the district as a special education teacher, a school administrator, and is currently the Director of Special Education. Ms. Stump holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University and was employed by the Calhoun-Cleburne County Mental Health Center. While there she worked as a habilitation specialist for adults with disabilities and as a transition therapist for individuals with mental illnesses. Upon relocation to Madison county in 1990, she earned a Master’s degree in Special Education and later added a certification in Educational Leadership, both from Alabama A&M University. Ms. Stump is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville-Madison County Class L-30, a member of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools and a member of the Alabama Council for Administrators in Special Education. She is married to Bo Stump and they have two sons, Cole(Hannah) and Will, and a granddaughter, Charlotte.

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  • Carter Watkins, Director of Public Relations

    Carter Watkins is an award-winning journalist who transitioned into education after retiring from television news. Carter spent nearly his entire career with WHNT-TV, gathering news not only in north Alabama but across the nation. After an exciting career in journalism, Carter accepted the position of Communications Coordinator with Florence City Schools in 2019. Following a successful tenure with FCS, Mr. Watkins accepted the position of Director of Public Relations with the Madison County School System in October of 2021. The MCSS Communications Department works to promote school district accomplishments and our people through numerous avenues that engage our community and stakeholders. Follow Madison County Schools on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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