Kim Kiel Named District 5 Principal of the Year

Kim Kiel Named District 5 Principal of the Year
Posted on 11/14/2022

Ms. Kim Kiel, principal of Pelham High School, has been named the District 5 Alabama High School Principal of the Year, an award presented by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP).


Kiel was nominated for the honor by fellow principals in the district, which includes high schools in Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties. 


Ms. Kiel has worked at Pelham High School for 26 years in the roles of teacher, coach, and athletic director; and she is in her third year as the school's principal. 


Mrs. Rebecca Burnett, teacher and colleague of Ms. Kiel for nearly two decades states, “Principal Kim Kiel is indeed one of the most inspiring and devoted educational leaders I have encountered. She epitomizes the qualities necessary for our school leaders: she is a devoted servant leader who is conscientious, honest, dependable and unabashedly loves our school and community.”


Students and teachers alike value Ms. Kiel’s dedication and her emphasis on building collaboration, connections and consensus to formulate plans and achieve goals.  


Dr. Chuck Ledbetter, superintendent of Pelham City Schools adds, “Ms. Kiel is an outstanding leader and has proven herself adept at creating a school culture that is truly a family, making Pelham High School a great place to teach and a great place to learn.”


Kiel says building the school’s culture is a team effort, and the actions and attitude that display The Pelham Way are embraced by administrators, teachers, staff and students. She says she is unbelievably honored to be chosen for this award and adds, “Awards such as these are not accomplished without a team of professionals backing you up every single day. This award is about recognizing the accomplishments of Pelham High School, and that means all of us. Being a principal is not an easy job, but working alongside educational rock stars and serving appreciative students is what makes Pelham a very special place.”


Kiel has previously been recognized for her dedication to students and community with several awards including the AHSAA Making a Difference Award, AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year, and Shelby County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. She is currently a member of the Leadership Shelby County Class of 2023 and serves on the Central Board of Control for the AHSAA.