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Rachel Poovey Says Hello at Oak Park!

Although she’s been around in Decatur City Schools for quite a while, Dr. Poovey is our new Decatur City Schools Principal at Oak Park Middle School. You may already know some impressive facts from her resume, but I bet you didn’t know that she is a Harry Potter fan! I asked Dr. Poovey some random questions just for fun, and the answers might just make you smile.

Resume highlights:

  • Elementary Education Supervisor, Decatur City Schools for the last 2 years
  • Principal of Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary for 8 years
  • Adjunct Professor of University of Alabama for 3 years

What is your favorite book of all time?

I am a big fan of Harry Potter, so whenever I need a break I listen to them in my car. In addition to those, I often read The Giver series because I have sweet memories of me and my daddy reading them together.  

What is your most embarrassing school memory?

While I was a cheerleader in 7th grade, we performed partner stunts with the football player boys. Well, my partner dropped me, and I broke my ankle in front of the whole school at a pep rally!

Favorite M&M color:

Green, because it’s a happy, lucky color. Also, my son is a St. Patrick’s Day baby!

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be?

I would want to be a bird of any kind, because seeing the world from the air would be breathtaking. Going literally anywhere and seeing God’s creation from the sky would be life-changing, I think.

If you could relive one grade in school, which one would you choose?

My brightest learning memories are from 3rd grade. Not just because I loved my teacher Miss Lovelady, but also because I finally got glasses. I remember the very first thing I saw was a red car driving down the street, and I remember thinking that I’d never seen anything so colorful before in my life. Then I saw individual leaves on trees, and I could finally read the board at school!

Personal message from Dr. Poovey:

“This school year is about making good things happen for the people around us. We can all do that, no matter what. At Oak Park, we will be a community of caring for people around us, because that benefits us as well!”