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Andy Keith Joins AIDB Leadership Team
On August 1, AIDB will welcome Andy Keith to the role of Principal at Alabama School for the Blind. A Talladega native, Keith has served as Principal of Lincoln High School since 2014 and previously served as Assistant Principal at B.B. Comer Memorial High School. He has also served as a teacher and coach in Parrish and New Site.
Keith is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision.
“Andy is a creative, energetic and enthusiastic leader and we are very pleased to have him join our administrative leadership team,” said AIDB Vice President for Instructional Programs Vera Hendrix. “I believe that he has an extraordinary vision and drive to help students become all that they can be which is at the very heart of AIDB’s mission.”
“AIDB embraces a culture of building champions for life,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia, “and I believe that Andy Keith demonstrates a strong commitment to providing opportunities for students to excel. We are excited about the experience and the winning attitude he brings to this important role at AIDB as we prepare students who are blind and visually impaired for college, work and life.”
Keith played college baseball on scholarships and was the head football coach at Parrish High School in Walker County. During his two-year tenure as Principal of Lincoln High School, the program won numerous awards including State and National Green Ribbon Awards, Attorney General Safe School Award, US News and World Report BEST High Schools and CLAS Banner School Award. The school was noted as A+ College Ready, while graduation rates increased by five percent and ACT scores improved by more than two points school wide. Seniors generated a school record of $3.2 million in scholarship money.
Andy and his wife, Tamara, have three daughters.
“I am excited to accept the position as Principal of the Alabama School for the Blind,” said Keith, “and I will work harder than ever to ensure student success.”
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 children annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.